Chocolate Tea Bread Recipe

Finally I’m posting about the Chocolate Tea Bread I made last week for book club (lemon bread recipe coming soon!). I actually didn’t get a chance to taste this last week, but my mom makes it pretty regularly and it’s really good. One thought: I kept testing the bread to see if it was done by putting a toothpick in it and it wasn’t coming out clean so I would keep it in the oven a little longer…then I realized it probably was done but I was hitting a chocolate chip! So I would test this one in a couple of different places just in case you’re hitting a chocolate chip!

Chocolate Tea Bread

Ingredients:
1/2 cup applesauce
1/3 cup shortening
2 eggs
1/3 cup water
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup baking cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Glaze:
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 to 2 Tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch salt

Method:
In a mixing bow, combine applesauce, shortening, eggs, water, and sugar, beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Combine dry ingredients; add to applesauce mixture. Beat on low for 30 seconds. Beat on high for 2 1/2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Fold in the chocolate chips and nuts. Pour into a greased and floured 9-in x 5 in x 3 in loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Combine glaze ingredients, drizzle over bread. Yield 1 loaf.

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