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Saturday, 8 January 2011

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Loaf

This is my Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip loaf. Normally it looks a lot better than this one. I toyed with not showing it to you, but I like to keep it real and you need to know that things don't always go as planned in The English Kitchen as in any kitchen.

For some reason this time all the chocolate bits sunk to the bottom of the loaf, creating a scrummy, but not entirely aesthetically pleasing, layer of chocolate crunch.

They do look a lot better when they are speckled here and there throughout the loaf, and normally they are . . . speckled here and there, that is . . .
Today they all sunk . . . coz yes . . . even I have things go wrong in my kitchen from time to time. Everyone does.

So whilst I would not consider this outing a total success . . . neither would I call it a total flop. It's still scrummy enough to keep me coming back into the kitchen for just . . . one . . . more . . . sliver. Which says an awful lot, in my opinion . . .

So, if you like peanut butter and chocolate together, I highly recommend this deliciously moist and peanut buttery loaf. Next time I am going to dust my chocolate bits with a bit of the flour before I fold them in. I usually do that, but today . . . well . . . c'est la vie!

*Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake*
makes one 9 by 5 inch loaf
Printable Recipe

Wonderfully moist and peanutbuttery, and stogged full of bittersweet chocolate chips.

4 large eggs
2 tsp pure vanilla
6.5 ounces of plain flour (1 1/2 cups)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
6 ounces butter, softened (3/4 cup)
4 ounces smooth peanut butter (1/2 cup)
7 1/2 ounces of soft light brown sugar (1 cup packed)
12 ounces good quality bittersweet chocolate, chopped into bits*C/325*F/ gas mark 4. Butter a 9 by 5 inch loaf pan and line with parchment paper. Butter the parchment. Set aside.

Beat together the eggs and vanilla. Set aside.

Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside.

Place the butter, peanut butter and brown sugar into a bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on high until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides from time to time. Continue to beat, drizzling in the egg mixture in a slow stream, stopping once or twice to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the flour mixture in three additions, beating on low speed, and scraping down the sides after each addition. Fold in the chocolate bits.

Scrape the mixture into the prepared pan, leveling the top with a rubber spatula. Bake for about 1 hour and 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean and the cake is golden brown. If in an hours time you think the cake is browning too quickly, tent loosely with foil.

Let the cake cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack to finish cooling completely. Slice and serve.


  1. I quite like it. I think I'd arrange it purposely. Put some batter in the loaf pan, then chocolate chips and brown sugar making sure there were some sugar clumps :)and then the rest of the batter. I'd eat the cake part first then I'd have this last gorgeously decadent little finish.


  2. Oh, YUM, Marie! What a perfect blend of delicious things! Love the Irish Soda Bread, too...always a favorite at our house--can't wait to try your recipe!

    Things are starting to quiet down here--a little! Kids are finally heading back to school on Monday (we get three weeks off here for Christmas!)

    Wishing you a most wonderful Sunday and sending much love and many hugs and warm thoughts to my dear friend across the sea...


  3. My FAVORITE food combination -- peanut butter and chocolate. The desert nights have been VERY cold these past few weeks -- dipping down as low as 24 degrees, while the days are warm -- today it was almost 70 degrees. I think I'll bake early tomorrow morning. The heat from the oven will warm the kitchen up quite nicely -- there's nothing worse than standing on cold porcelain tiles. I'm not a slippers kind of girl. :(
    I hope Mitzie is doing well.

  4. Yum - don't you just hate it when baked goos get amind of their own. Looks so tasty though I'm sure nobody would mind if I served it up to them ;0)

  5. You come up with the best desserts..I kind of like the look of them at the bottom:)I bet it's delicious.

  6. Oh goodness...a Reese's in bread ultimate goodness!!!

  7. Oh I'd say a layer of chocolate at the bottom of some gorgeous peanut butter loaf is very aesthetically pleasing! Looks yummy.

  8. I love peanut butter and chocolate - might make this tomorrow when I've got some spare time... it also might help me kick my Reese's habit!! Thanks for the recipe :)

  9. No matter the look of the final product, this recipe is a TOTAL winner!!! Will definitely make!!! And I won't feel bad if all my chocolate bits sink to the bottom :)

  10. I had the same problem with my Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cake
    So what can I do to prevent this???????


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