An indulgent and chocolaty loaf (or is it a cake?)
by Lindsay Evans
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Irresistibly decadent, this bittersweet chocolate loaf is not for the faint of heart. But it sure is for anyone who loves a sweet – but not-so-sweet – chocolaty treat. Made with classic baking ingredients you've probably already got in your pantry (think cocoa, butter, sugar and eggs) and a cinch to make, we promise, once you make this cake once, your family and friends will ask for it again and again and again. Slather a slice with butter as you're running out the door to work, or, if you're feeling a little fancy, whip up some vanilla whip cream and toss on some fresh berries. Either way, we can guarantee, this chocolaty treat will be the highlight of your day.
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cups bittersweet Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 cup plain yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup dark chocolate chunks (optional)
Preheat oven to 325 F. Lightly butter a standard size loaf pan and dust with flour, tapping out excess. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the paddle attachment, or using an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth, about 1 minute. Add the brown and white sugar and beat until pale and fluffy, about 3 to 4 more minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, and beat well after each addition. Beat in the yogurt and vanilla. Sift the dry mixture right over top of the wet mixture. Stir with a wooden spoon until well-blended but be careful to not over mix. Stir in dark chocolate chips if your feeling ultra-indulgent.
Transfer the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool in pan on a rack for about 10 to 15 minutes, before turning loaf out onto a wire rack to cool completely.