Chocolate, Coconut, and Pecan Bread
One of my favorite desserts is German Chocolate Cake with plenty of that gooey, nutty frosting. It’s just such a magical combination of flavors! Chocolate, coconut, and pecans are each perfectly delicious on their own, but the combination is one I am not likely to resist.
With another of my loves being quick breads, it’s almost unfathomable that I’ve never taken the flavors I love from that favorite cake and put them in a bread. That absence among BoB’s recipes has now been officially remedied.
There are no real surprises here in making this bread. That’s the beauty of quick breads, after all. Just mix it up, put it in the pan, and bake it. You won’t even need a mixer for this one.
I tend to use buttermilk in quick breads for a little flavor and for the wonderful texture it gives the bread. I also opted for unsweetened shredded coconut instead of the more common sweetened flaked coconut. It may be a little tougher to find, but I really like using it here for a better coconut flavor and for the size of the pieces. (If you can’t find it locally, you can order it from King Arthur Flour.)
This bread is a great treat for breakfast, brunch, coffee breaks, or just because. I highly recommend serving it slightly warmed, as the chocolate will get a bit melty and gooey. That just pushes the irresistible level up a few more notches.
- 1 & 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 3/4 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a standard 9”x 5” loaf pan.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, sugar, and brown sugar, mixing well. Add egg and vanilla, and mix thoroughly.
Add flour mixture in three portions, alternating with two portions of buttermilk. Mix just until combined.
Stir in coconut, pecans, and chocolate chips.
Transfer batter to prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake 50 to 55 minutes or until a pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 15 minutes. Then, remove bread from pan and place on a wire rack to cool completely.
This recipe was originally developed for Clabber Girl, where I am a paid contributor.