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Buttermilk Chocolate Quick Bread for #TwelveLoaves

Buttermilk Chocolate Quick Bread | Magnolia Days

‘Tis the season for chocolate. Which season? All of them; winter, spring, summer, and fall. Then there are the special times on top; Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Valentine’s Day. We can’t forget about the other ones too, like times of joy or stress. Just about any day can bring on a chocolate emergency. Stocking up on cocoa powder and chocolate chips is a good thing to do. That way you have the essentials to bake Buttermilk Chocolate Quick Bread at a moment’s notice.

Chocolate is one of my major weaknesses. You know those candy commercials where it shows a woman taking a tiny bite from a little chocolate square? That is not reality, at least not in my world. I’ll stuff the whole piece in my mouth and start opening the next one right then and there. Stopping requires incredible restraint. It’s the same with this bread. I’m already cutting another slice before the first one is gone.

Buttermilk Chocolate Quick Bread | Magnolia Days

How is the buttermilk chocolate quick bread? It is moist with a crispy crust. It has a dense texture without being too heavy. Chocolate chips give a burst of flavor. The sweetness is in the semi-sweet range which works wonderfully for a bread. A slice is good whether it is right from the loaf, toasted, or topped with butter or jam.

Buttermilk Chocolate Quick Bread | Magnolia Days

Have you had chocolate bread? Or are you thinking about baking one soon? Look at these variations and recipes from talented Twelve Loaves bakers:

Get ready for more chocolate recipes from me too. There are cupcakes and a bundt cake coming soon. It really is the season of chocolate. Oh, and take a look at chocolate covered cherry cheesecake and chunky dark chocolate bars too.

Buttermilk Chocolate Quick Bread

A recipe for Buttermilk Chocolate Quick Bread. It is a moist bread with a crispy crust. The bread has a little sweetness and is a real treat for breakfast or snack.
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Author Renee


  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour divided
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup buttermilk at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease the bottom only of an 8- X 4-inch or 9- X 5-inch loaf pan.
  2. Stir together the chocolate chips and 1 teaspoon flour in a small bowl to coat the chips with flour.
  3. Whisk together remaining flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
  4. Beat sugar and butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  5. Add eggs and beat to combine. Add buttermilk and vanilla and beat until smooth.
  6. Stir in the flour mixture until just moistened. Stir in chocolate chips.
  7. Pour into prepared loaf pan and spread out evenly.
  8. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  9. Cool bread in the pan for 15 minutes.
  10. Run a knife along the sides to loosen bread from the pan. Remove bread from the pan and cool completely on a wire rack.

Recipe Notes

A recipe for Buttermilk Chocolate Quick Bread. It is a moist bread with a crispy crust. The bread has a little sweetness and is a real treat for breakfast or snack.

Recipe adapted from one in the Pillsbury The Complete Book of Baking cookbook published in 1993.

#TwelveLoaves February: Chocolate. We were good all January with our Keep it Simple theme, now it’s time to get a little decadent. February #TwelveLoaves is all about Chocolate! Choose a recipe featuring chocolate. It could be bread accented with chocolate chips, baked with cocoa powder, chocolate spreads, whatever you love! Whatever you bake (yeasted, quick bread, crackers, muffins, grissini, braids, flatbreads, etc.) have fun and let’s have a delicious month of bread with chocolate. Let’s get baking!

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Want to add your bread to the collection with the Linky tool this month? Here’s what you need to do!

  1. When you post your Twelve Loaves bread on your blog, make sure that you mention the Twelve Loaves challenge in your blog post; this helps us to get more members as well as share everyone’s posts. Please make sure that your bread is inspired by the theme!
  2. Please link your post to the linky tool at the bottom of my blog. It must be bread baked to the Twelve Loaves theme.
  3. Have your Twelve Loaves bread that you baked this February 2014, and posted on your blog by February 28, 2014.

#TwelveLoaves is a monthly bread baking party. It was created by Lora from Cake Duchess and runs so smoothly thanks to the help of the lovely Renee from Magnolia Days.

Recipe Rating

Felice/All That's Left Are The Crumbs

Monday 10th of February 2014

Chocolate certainly brightens my day, and I love to bake with buttermilk. Renee, your cake looks so delicious and I'm loving the photos too.


Wednesday 19th of February 2014

Thanks Felice and I don't know what I would do without chocolate.

Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips

Saturday 8th of February 2014

Bread + chocolate... definitely a recipe for not being able to stop! Yum!


Wednesday 19th of February 2014

So true. So very true.

Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories

Thursday 6th of February 2014

Almost like brownie bread! I want a slice so I am definitely going to have to make it. Soon!


Wednesday 19th of February 2014

It's almost like brownie bread but not quite as sweet as brownies.

Jeannie Tay

Thursday 6th of February 2014

Lovely loaf indeed, I am going to pin this for reference.:)


Wednesday 19th of February 2014

Thank you so much and I appreciate the pin.

Dionne Baldwin

Tuesday 4th of February 2014

When those chocolate commercials are on tv one of us usually says "she must not really like chocolate". :) Yes, reality is a bit different!

I have a baking par at my house. Included is bars of dark baking chocolate, chocolate chips and chocolate powder. We are going to bake up some of this beautiful chocolate bread!