Shi’s Kitchen: Orange Chocolate Chunk Loaf

Orange Chocolate Chunk Loaf
One slow Saturday morning, I decided I wanted to make a citrus chocolate something. Orange and chocolate has always been one of my favorite chocolate combinations. Something about the combination of the citrusy acidity and the creamy cocoa tastes so complex and rich. I googled a bunch of recipes and this simple one from My Baking Addiction caught my eye.

Orange Chocolate Chunk Loaf
The ingredients are basic, which is always the first thing about a recipe that attracts me. I don’t bake nearly enough to own all these weird baking-specific ingredients.

  • 1 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 1/4 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract (I actually skipped this because, like I said, I don’t own baking things)
  • 1 cup of milk
  • zest of 1 orange (I would probably do zest of 2 oranges next time)
  • 3/4 cup of dark chocolate chunks

Orange Chocolate Chunk Loaf
My first time zesting an orange! Made the kitchen smell glorious. It was pretty cool to see the citrus oils spray into the air.

Orange Chocolate Chunk Loaf
Only  the best.

Orange Chocolate Chunk Loaf
I chopped them up into little bits to get the “chunks” required in the recipe.

Orange Chocolate Chunk Loaf
First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then mix together the dry stuff (flour, baking powder, and ground ginger). Separately, mix together the wet stuff (sugar, eggs, oil, milk, and orange zest). Combine the two bowls and then fold in the chocolate chunks.

Orange Chocolate Chunk Loaf
I baked the loaf for about 50-55 minutes.

Orange Chocolate Chunk LoafThe bread is more dense than I imagined, almost a little chewy like a mochi. It wasn’t very sweet at all and had a nice light citrus flavor. The semi-sweet chocolate mostly sank to the bottom… not sure how to keep it up. Regardless, still tasted great. I would have liked a stronger orange flavor so will add more zest next time. Easy peasy!

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