If the cake recipe from Wednesday seems like too much work, or you need a really quick (and delicious) gift to give to neighbors, friends, teachers, or anyone special, this is the recipe for you. I made these mini loaves Wednesday morning with my four year old daughter to give to her pre-school teachers at her Christmas party. When we started making them, they were just going to be Chocolate Chocolate Chip Bread, but when I looked in my pantry and saw my bag of Andes Peppermint Crunch Chips, I was inspired to make a little change to the recipe. This was my first time making this recipe this way (I've made it many times without the peppermint chips) and I loved the results. My nine year old son, who loves chocolate mint anything devoured most of one loaf himself!
To give as a gift, wrap in clear plastic wrap, then tie ends with curling ribbon and curl. It makes a very pretty (and tasty) gift!
Chocolate Peppermint Bread
1 3/4 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup milk
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
generous 1/4 cup chocolate chips
generous 1/4 cup Andes peppermint crunch chips
Preheat oven to 375ºF. Grease and flour 4 mini loaf pans.
Combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Stir to blend.
Add the eggs, milk and melted butter. Stir until just blended. Stir in chocolate chips and peppermint crunch chips.
Divide evenly among the 4 loaf pans. Bake until bread springs back when lightly touched, 20 - 25 minutes. Let cool in pan for ten minutes. Run knife around edge of pan and remove bread to wire rack to cool completely.
Yield: 4 mini loaves
Notes on this recipe: This recipe is actually a muffin recipe. If you want to bake as muffins, it makes 18 muffins. Bake for only 15-18 minutes or until done. My mini loaves took 23 minutes to bake. When I say a generous 1/4 cup, make it a heaping 1/4 cup. This has a very mild mint taste. You could up the mint flavor by using up to 1/2 cup of the peppermint crunch chips. If you want just chocolate chocolate chip bread (or muffins), use 1/2 cup chocolate chips and no peppermint crunch chips.
This is great to make with the kids because all you need to mix it is a wooden spoon. We are down to our last loaf and I know we will definitely be making this one again. Really, chocolate and peppermint, what's not to love?