This is one of the few years that we're ready for Christmas and this easy recipe helped. Best of all, the recipe makes two loaves.
We'll leave one for Santa. No, Daisy and Lily, those disguises don't fool anyone.
Our baking also has to be pleasing to the eye, a cinch to package up as gifts or to serve to visitors. In short, we want it all. Yes, we do.
Of course, we could always make another batch because these loaves are even quicker than cookies.
Meanwhile, mix the flour with the sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, salt, nutmeg and cloves.
In a separate bowl, blend the melted chocolate with the oil, buttermilk, vanilla and eggs until smooth. Pour the wet mixture over the dry mixture. (We got that backwards and nothing bad happened!) Stir just until combined. Stir in the remaining chocolate chips.
You can reserve two tablespoons or so for over the top of the batter, if you’d like. We tried it both ways.
Bake for 50 minutes or until a tester inserted in the centre comes out clean.
Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes; use the parchment to lift the loaves directly onto the rack to cool completely
If you like, when you serve them dust with icing sugar or add a dollop of whipping cream to each slice. But really, they are good just as they are.
You can cube the leftovers (if any) and alternate with whipped cream and sliced ripe pears to make a delicious and easy trifle.
The loaves make nice little gifts for friends, neighbors, teachers. Make one for a gift and eat one yourself.
Here's a little bit more about Victoria Abbott, author of the book collector mysteries.
Victoria is an artist and photographer and MJ is the author of 13 books in three other series, as Mary Jane Maffini. They love their book collector mysteries and are happily at work on The Wolfe Widow, third in the series. They're very excited about the The Sayers Swindle which is out this month!
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