Thursday, December 9, 2010

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Loaf

Pumpkin quick bread is one of my favourite baked goods. Well in general whenever I see pumpkin anything I want it! However I've always been wary of the combination of chocolate and pumpkin, but I saw a recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip loaf in Baked: New Frontiers in Baking. (I want to make pretty much everything in this book but right now I'm especially fixated on the grasshopper cake!) Anyway, I gave the loaf a chance and while I really loved the loaf itself, I do prefer my pumpkin without chocolate.

Now that my finals are over, I can't wait to start on some holiday baking!! What are you all making?

If this sounds good, you might also like:
Pumpkin Cheesecake
All-In-One Holiday Bundt Cake
Gingerbread Pumpkin Bars

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Loaf
Adapted from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking

3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp salt
1 3/4 cups (15 oz can) pumpkin puree
1 cup canola oil
3 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups (12 oz) semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350F. Butter two 9x5x3 inch loaf pans.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, baking soda and salt.

In another large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree and oil until combined. Add the sugar and whisk again. Whisk the eggs into the mixture, one at a time, followed by the vanilla. Add 2/3 cup room temperature water and whisk until combined. With a rubber spatula, stir in the chocolate chips.

Fold the dry ingredients into the wet. Do not overmix.

Divide the batter between the prepared pans. Gently knock the bottom of the pans against the countertop to even out the batter. Use the spatula to smooth the tops.

Bake in the center of the oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of a loaf comes out clean, 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through the baking time.

Transfer the pans to a wire rack and cool for 15 minutes. Invert the loaves onto wire racks and cool completely before serving.


Joanne said...

I JUST made those grasshopper bars from Baked and posted about them! They were miracles. You should make them.

And I should make this loaf. I'm a pumpkin/chocolate lover. For sure.

Johanna GGG said...

I love pumpkin and chocolate - that is definitely my favourite bread pudding combination so far - sounds odd but is fantastic - hope you enjoy your holiday baking and keep sharing it with us

Salah said...

omg this looks sooooo amazing!!! nothing better than chocolate and pumpkin....just add a little PB/AB and it's perfectO!

jd said...

Woah. This looks absolutely scrumptious!

I'll have to try it with and without chocolate, based on your review... sounds like the perfect excuse to double the recipe :)

Deborah said...

I love pumpkin and chocolate together, so I think I'd really like this!

Helene said...

Pumpkin and chocolate chips, what a great combo. Looks yummy.

grace said...

i now consider myself wholly converted to pumpkin-loving. what an incredible loaf!

Amy said...

I recently posted a similar recipe. I make this every fall - it's one of our favorites. I love the combination of pumpkin and chocolate!

Nisrine | Dinners and Dreams said...

Pumpkin and chocolate are divine together. Great bread recipe!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Mmm, this looks like a great way to warm up the kitchen when it's pelting rain outside. After my fingers are frozen from bailing out our flooded storage room, I could cozy up to a warm slice of this.

Hope you're staying dry!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Pumpkin and chocolate are great together! This looks moist and pumpkin-y, just like I like my pumpkin bread (who are we kidding? more like cake 8p). It's always kinda tricky for me to make anything for the holidays because we travel to my boyfriend's family gathering. Still, I try to contribute one thing at least and this year it's fudgy peppermint Oreo brownies. I've made them several times and they're always crowdpleasing.

Maria said...

Always a favorite!

Karly said...

I asked for the Baked cookbook for Christmas and I will absolutely cry if Santa doesn't bring it. Or, maybe, I'll just go buy it myself. Haha!

This looks amazing! And I, for one, love chocolate with my pumpkin. So yummy!

Sean Grey Hanson said...

There are always lots of goodies we can make with pumpkins. It reminds me of the candies I made out of pumpkins. That was so much fun.

gabby said...

I make something similar and it so yummy. I actually put the recipe on my blog at

Chef Fresco said...

Yum yum! Looks delicious. Love the combo of pumpkin & chocolate!

Dana said...

You know, I have just not been sold on the idea of chocolate and pumpkin together but seeing it in that book made me reassess. I'm totally with you - I LOVE that book and want to make everything. I made the chocolate coffee layer cake last night and it was a thing of beauty.

Anonymous said...

I love anything pumpkin! Who doesn't right. :-) I haven' t decided on what I'm baking just yet. Still trying to figure out what everyone's tastes are. This is the first year we're actually doing something big for Christmas on both sides of my family. Hope you're enjoying your break from school. Yay for finals being over!

L-Burt said...

I have made the grasshopper cake twice! SO GOOD!!!

I just saw their new cookbook at the book store yesterday and was swooning. I am hoping Santa helps a girl out.

I think I have only made cakes and pies from that cookbook but this recipe has me thinking I need to branch out!

ann said...

This looks so good. I love pumpkiin and chocolate together. Now, I want Baked from Santa.

Alison Jenkins @ said...

I'd forgot all about pumpkin bread. I used to have that when we lived in the USA.

Looks great