Every year around this time, I like to make edible gifts for friends and family, and this year I plan to gift these chocolate applesauce breads. This bread is simply delicious and all of the economical Kroger and Simple Truth ingredients are available at King Soopers.
Applesauce adds moistness to this chocolate bread. Serve it at breakfast time or as a dessert drizzled with a sweet boozy bourbon glaze.
The addition of chocolate chips or walnuts would also add a sweet and crunchy punch. Nonetheless, this bread certainly doesn’t require any enhancements; it is delectable on its own.
I plan to make several chocolate applesauce loaves to giveaway over the holidays. I am hosting a Friendsgiving soon, and plan to bake each loaf in aluminum handi-foil pans and wrap each bread in fancy colored foil and holiday ribbon for each guest to take home.
Another fun gift idea, would be to arrange the dry ingredients in a jar including a printed recipe card, sealed with a bow or ribbon.
These breads can also be made ahead of time and frozen for up to three months, which is perfect especially if you plan to mail some as gifts or to have on hand for any surprise visitors.
No matter how you plan to give these breads as gratitude, your recipients will be pleased.
Chocolate Applesauce Bread
Chocolate Applesauce Bread:
Chocolate Applesauce Bread:
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- In a medium bowl, cream butter, vegetable oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
- In a large bowl combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
- Combine dry ingredients with creamed ingredients, alternating with applesauce and buttermilk until mixed thoroughly.
- Grease and flour two loaf bans pans.
- Bake bread for 60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
- Store cooled bread, well wrapped, at room temperature for several days. Freeze for longer storage.
- Serve with or without bourbon glaze.
- Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat and add sugars, milk, bourbon, and salt, stirring until incorporated and smooth.
- Keep chocolate loaf cake / chocolate bread in an airtight container in a cool spot, like the pantry.
- A fun gift idea would be to arrange the dry ingredients in a mason jar including a printed recipe card, sealed with a bow or ribbon.
- These breads can also be made ahead of time and frozen for up to three months, which is perfect especially if you plan to mail some as gifts or to have on hand for any surprise visitors.
- You can make your own buttermilk by adding 1/2 tablespoon of white vinegar to 1/2 cup of regular, whole or full fat milk. Leave for a minute or two and then use as normal.
- All ovens vary – always test for doneness 3 to 5 minutes before the recipe suggests.
Photography by Jenna Sparks
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