Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bread

Notes to self:

1. Do not wait a month to post baked goods because you will forget about them. (Sorry Betsy!)

2. Do not trust janky college  ovens with anything.

This was another one of those late night stress relief baking projects. My housemate Betsy and I were avoiding all people in the world, and thus decided that making bread that tasted like dessert would be the perfect carb/sugar load to enjoy our Friday night. I found this recipe on vanilla sugar, and it looks pretty divine.

Unfortunately, our ghetto Skidmore Scribner Village oven seems to hate cooking bread. This bread burned about 1/4 inch around the outside, bottom and side crusts included (even after a valiant attempt at covering the top with a tinfoil hat) and refused to cook at all in the middle. We were 10 minutes past the instructed bake time, and after jamming the fork tines through the quickly browning crust, I was reaching gloppy dough in the middle.

Finally we reached some sort of middle ground where the inside was cooked enough and the outside was hard as a rock. Unfortunately, it wasn’t so good. I really wanted it to be. And I’m sure it had the absolute best intentions to be a delicious, decadent little slice of heaven, particularly looking at the pictures from the original recipe, but it just cooked funny and it was untoastable because it just fell apart, so it couldn’t even be saved with a warm little pat of butter.

But… we ate the whole thing over the course of the weekend.  So I guess it did the job 🙂

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Bread
Adapted from Vanilla Sugar

¾ cup dark brown sugar
¾ cup peanut butter (I used chunky)
1 TB vanilla
2 eggs, beaten
1 ½ cups buttermilk
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1 cup whole wheat flour, sifted
4 ts baking powder
1/2 ts salt

¾ cup of milk chocolate chips
3 TB of melted butter
Raw sugar for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a loaf pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.
In a small bowl mix the buttermilk and eggs together. In another bowl sift the flours, baking powder, and salt.
In a large bowl, cream sugar, peanut butter, and vanilla; add in the buttermilk/egg mixture. Then beat in the flour mixture until just combined.
Add in the milk chocolate chips.
Pour batter into greased loaf pan and bake for 50 – 55 minutes until golden brown and a skewer comes out clean. During the last 30 minutes of baking brush top with butter and sprinkle with sugar. Allow to cool in pan 10 minutes before removing.



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