Triple Chocolate Quick Bread

With my food guzzlers, I’m always on the lookout for a quick addition to my menu that can help top off their tanks. I love a good dessert that I don’t feel terrible about giving my family that helps keep them full until morning. This gem is one of my go-to favorites. It’s like a special edition chocolate muffin, with a hint of apples. They love a nice, warm slice of my chocolate ‘bread’ before bed with a cold glass of milk. It makes them feel all warm and fuzzy. I may, or may not, have also been talked into making this for them for a special breakfast as it contains both eggs and applesauce.  Even better, this from scratch dessert, or breakfast, or snack, is easy and takes hardly any time to whip up. Did I mention it’s versatility? So find yourself a reason to give it a try, you won’t be disappointed in the results.

Triple Chocolate Quick Bread

4 Sons 'R' Us: Triple Chocolate Quick Bread

  •  1 & 1/2 cups  semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 & 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 & 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt

GLAZE:

  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp half and half
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  1. In a pot on the stove top over low heat, melt 1 cup of chocolate chips; set aside to cool.
  2. In a stand mixer, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs and cooled chocolate, mix until evenly combined.
  4. Add applesauce and vanilla; set aside.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt until evenly combined.
  6. Add flour mix to the batter and mix until evenly combined.
  7. Lightly mix in the remaining chocolate chips just until incorporated into batter.
  8. Divide batter evenly between two* greased loaf pans.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
  10. Cool for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack.

For Glaze:

  1. In a small pot over low heat, melt chocolate chips and butter, stirring until evenly combined.
  2. Stir in half and half.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and salt.
  4. Drizzle over warm loaves, or pipe onto loaves using a ziplock bag.
  5. Let the chocolate cool and serve.

* If you’d prefer to make one full sized loaf, simply add all the batter to one full size loaf pan. Baking time will take a little over an hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Typically the chocolate piping is spread between two loaves so there’s not nearly as much piled on, but the ‘breakfast’ bread I was coerced into making I left glaze free. I didn’t want too much chocolate on my mom-conscience before sending them off for school. All that chocolate on their dessert though was a real treat.

Buckeye Brownies

I don’t know about other kids, but mine love peanut butter, and by love I mean a ‘love’ bordering on obsession. If allowed, they would quite happily eat it as part of every meal. I’m beginning to think Peanut Butter is it’s own food group in my boys’ pyramid. Somewhere I had seen that January 24th is National Peanut Butter Day. Once aware, I knew I couldn’t let this particular ‘holiday’ go unannounced or without ceremony in my household. I figured it was the perfect excuse to whip up some buckeye brownies and I knew these little nuggets of deliciousness were the perfect way to pay homage to peanut butter and all it’s tasty glory. Boy was I right, one tray of these, around 2 -3 dozen, didn’t even make it through the night before they’d all been gobbled up.

Buckeye Brownies

4 Sons 'R' Us: Buckeye Brownies

  • 1 box brownie mix
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup + 6 tbsp butter, softened and divided
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 6 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1.  Prepare brownie mix, and bake in a greased 9×13 pan, according to package directions.
  2. Let brownies cool completely.
  3. Mix powdered sugar, butter, and peanut butter until evenly combined.
  4. Spread evenly over cooled brownies.
  5. Chill brownies for 1 hour.
  6. In a saucepan, over low  heat, melt chocolate and remaining butter stirring until evenly combined.
  7. Spread the chocolate mixture over the brownies and let cool.
  8. Cut brownies into squares and serve.

Enjoy!

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