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Candy Cane Chocolate Mini Loaves

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling

Makes

8 mini loaves (6 slices each)

Having a bunch of leftover candy canes after the holidays inspired me to use them up by adding them to a chocolate bread. Coffee and cocoa intensify the flavor. —Shelly Platten, Amherst, Wisconsin
Candy Cane Chocolate Mini Loaves Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-2/3 cups packed brown sugar
  • 4 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • TOPPING:
  • 2 ounces white baking chocolate, melted
  • 3 tablespoons crushed candy canes

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Coat eight 5-3/4x3x2-in. loaf pans with cooking spray. In a large bowl, beat butter and brown sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Add egg whites, eggs, coffee, yogurt, oil and extracts until blended.
  2. In another bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; add to brown sugar mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Fold in chocolate chips.
  3. Transfer to prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 35-40 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. Drizzle melted white baking chocolate over loaves. Sprinkle with crushed candies.
buttermilk
To substitute for each cup of buttermilk, use 1 Tbsp. white vinegar or lemon juice plus enough milk to measure 1 cup. Stir, then let stand 5 min. Or, use 1 cup plain yogurt or 1-3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar plus 1 cup milk.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 122 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 99mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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