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This amazingly delicious and rich Orange Chocolate Bread is made with cocoa powder, orange zest, orange juice, buttermilk and filled with creamy chocolate chips…and then topped with an amazing homemade orange glaze for the most deliciously decadent chocolate bread you’ll ever eat.
Orange and chocolate together is one of my all time favorite dessert flavor combos. I’m pretty sure I get this from my dad. Every year for Christmas, Father’s Day, birthday, whatever holiday, I think I buy him something with chocolate and orange. Because it’s the best.
This chocolate orange bread is made with orange juice, fresh orange zest, and drizzled with a homemade orange glaze for that perfect touch of orange flavor. With chocolate chips mixed in for some extra chocolaty goodness, this chocolate filled bread is DAMN GOOD.
And seriously guys, who doesn’t love a quick bread? They are so easy to make. No kneading or rising, just plain old mix it up, dump it in a loaf pan and bake it. Simple.
What is considered a quick bread?
Quickbreads are chemically leavened breads that use a leavening agent like baking soda or baking powder.
What is chocolate bread?
Well, chocolate bread is bread made with cocoa powder. In the case of this chocolate bread recipe, it is also made with chocolate chips that add a touch of extra chocolaty goodness.
The Ingredients for Chocolate Orange Bread
I like to use Ghirardelli chocolate chips and cocoa powder because I like the quality (this is not a sponsored post, I just like the brand).
For the orange juice, fresh squeezed or bottled will work just fine. I use some fresh squeezed because I have already bought an orange or two for the zest. And YES, please use fresh orange zest. You CAN use dried (I’ve included a link to buy below if absolutely necessary), but fresh really is better. If you use dried, make sure to cut the amount in half – the dried is much stronger.
The buttermilk is a must too if you want moist delicious bread. Buttermilk in bread is amazing. Just trust me.
I’ve included links to buy some of the ingredients on Amazon if you’re looking to save some time, but they can also all be found at your local grocery store (affiliate links – I earn a small – very small – commission if you by through these links that helps me pay for all the failed recipes):
- Vanilla extract
- Orange zest/peel
- Orange juice
- Baking soda
- Cocoa powder
- Chocolate chips
- Powdered sugar
How to Make Chocolate Bread with Orange Glaze
This chocolate chip loaf bread is literally one of the easiest breads you’ll ever make. Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all the dry ingredients and mix well to combine. Set aside.
Use a mixer to cream the butter and sugar – beat until fluffy. Add the eggs, orange zest and vanilla extract and beat for 1 minute.
Then add the orange juice and buttermilk and mix well.
Combine the wet and dry ingredients, being careful not to over-mix. If you over-mix, the bread will come out tougher and drier. Gently stir in the chocolate chips.
Grease a loaf pan and pour the batter into the pan. Smooth out the top.
How to bake chocolate bread
Bake for 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. If using a thermometer, bread should register 190 degrees. Be careful not to overcook or your bread will be dry. Mine was done at 55 minutes, but everyone’s oven is different.
Let the bread cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes. Remove it from the pan and finish cooling on a wire rack (if you can resits it that long). Drizzle it with the orange glaze before serving.
How to Make the Orange Glaze
Make the orange glaze by combining the powdered sugar with the orange juice and mixing until a glaze forms. Drizzle the glaze over the top of the bread.
I mean guys, come one, how easy is this chocolate filled bread? There is no excuse not to make it. No excuse.
How do you make bread without yeast?
A quick bread does not require yeast. Quickbreads are chemically leavened breads that typically use leavening agent like baking soda or baking powder. This chocolate bread recipe is considered a quickbread and uses baking soda as a leavening agent.
Can I freeze chocolate bread?
To freeze this chocolate orange bread, let it cool fully, then wrap it in plastic wrap. Place it in an airtight freezer safe bag and seal tightly. The bread can be stored in the freezer for up to three months. It will stay safe after 3 months, but will degrade in quality. To thaw it out, remove it from the freezer and let it thaw in the fridge overnight. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 5 minutes to warm it.
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Meyer Lemon Creme Brulee
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Did you make this chocolate chip bread? Rate the recipe and leave a comment below to let me know what you think!
Chocolate Bread Recipe with Orange Glaze
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 2-3 tbsp. fresh orange juice
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine all the dry ingredients and set aside.
- Use a mixer to cream the butter and sugar - beat until fluffy (about 1 minute).
- Add the eggs, orange zest and vanilla extract and beat for 1 minute. Add the orange juice, yogurt and buttermilk and mix well.
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients, being careful not to over-mix. If you over-mix, the bread will the tougher and drier. Gently stir in the chocolate chips.
- Grease a loaf pan. Pour the batter into the loaf pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. or internal temperature is 190 degrees.
- Let cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes. Remove from pan and finish cooling on a wire rack.
- Make the orange glaze by combining the powdered sugar with the orange juice and mixing until a glaze forms. Add more orange juice if glaze is too thick. Drizzle the glaze over the top of the bread.
- Be sure to use softened or room temperature butter or your batter will not be smooth;
- Add an additional 1/2 cup of chocolate chips if you want the bread to be extra chocolaty;
- For a stronger orange flavor, add more orange zest;
- Make sure to thoroughly grease the pan, otherwise it may be difficult to get your bread out;
- Use a toothpick to test doneness. If it comes out clean, the bread is done - if it comes out covered in batter, bake for additional time. You can also use a thermometer - it should read 190 degrees when the bread is done;
- Drizzle with orange glaze once the bread is mostly cooled. If you can wait. However, the orange glaze is optional if you prefer to eat it plain (or with yummy salted butter).
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