Chocolate and Coffee Loaf //

I’m so excited for Valentines Day this year! I’m not usually a huge Valentines gal but I’ve got something perfect for Neil and I can’t wait to give it to him <3 I have some baking planned for him too but can’t reveal anything just yet, look out for that post after Friday 😉

I treated myself to a 3-day weekend last week so I had lots of downtime to clean, bake and have yummy breakfasts, my favourite meal of the day! My housemates Mum owns chickens so we’re often given baskets full of eggs, so I decided to make eggs and soldiers, one of my childhood favourites! Any excuse to use some of my lovely vintage crockery.

Runny yolk, firm whites, loads of toast… perfect!

I also made a yummy chocolate and coffee loaf from the Hummingbird Bakery: Cake Days book. It looked so moist and dense, plus I’m a fiend for chocolate and coffee so it was perfect for me. I also wanted an excuse to use my lovely vintage loaf tin gifted to me by my Mum. It was really dense, rich and so cocoa-y.

You will need a fairly large loaf tin, mine is approximately 20cm long and 10cm high.

Recipe:

190g unsalted butter
130g plain flour
190g soft light brown sugar
3 large eggs
60g cocoa powder
1tsp baking powder
20ml whole milk
1tbsp strong coffee, brewed and cooled

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 170c (325F). Grease tin and dust with flour.

2. Cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

3. Sift together cocoa, flour and baking powder. Measure the milk and add the cooled coffee. Add the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar mix in two batches, alternating with the coffee/milk mixture, mixing thoroughly.

4. Beat well (or turn your machine to a high setting) until the mixture is smooth and fully incorporated, then pour into the loaf tin.

5. Bake for approximately 1 hour or until a skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool for a while in the tin then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

This is so dense it doesn’t really need decorating, though I’m sure a sprinkle of icing sugar would look lovely! It was delicious warm with a lovely cup of tea 🙂

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