Orange Chocolate Loaf

  in Breads, Desserts, Recipes

This loaf is not too sweet and the orange and chocolate complement one another well. Perfect with an afternoon cup of tea.

1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon coconut oil or butter
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
Zest and juice from 1 orange
1 teaspoon vanilla
Optional but good: 1 teaspoon orange extract
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 5.3 oz. container plain full fat yogurt

  1. Spray a standard loaf pan with cooking spray. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Add the chocolate chips and butter or coconut oil to a small sauce pan. Melt and stir the chips over the lowest heat setting until melted. Be careful not to burn. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Beat the melted butter and sugar together. Beat in the eggs, orange zest, vanilla, and salt until combined and smooth.
  4. Whisk together the flour, baking soda and powder in a small bowl. Alternate adding flour mixture, yogurt and orange juice and beating in between additions. Beat just until combined. Don’t over mix. Remove about 1 cup of batter and add to the melted chocolate in the pan. Stir this together until combined.
  5. Spread about half the plain batter  in the prepared pan. Add the chocolate mixture in dollops over the top. Add the remaining plain batter over the chocolate batter and spread it out a bit.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes or until a cake tester or toothpick comes out clean. Cool for about 10 minutes. Loosen the sides with a knife, gently tip the loaf out of the pan and allow it to cool on a rack.