With the holiday season in full swing, you can never go wrong with a classic holiday flavor: peppermint. Combined with chocolate, it’s my personal favorite flavor combo for Christmastime, and there’s no easier way to blend these flavors than with chocolate peppermint bread.
Normally, making a cake can be a lot of work during such a busy season, but this simple chocolate peppermint bread with a cake-like texture (much like a pumpkin bread) is easy to whip up and make in significantly less time than it would take to frost a traditional cake. Drizzle with a basic icing and crushed peppermint candies for a little crunch and extra peppermint flavor!
Make a few loaves of this chocolate peppermint bread at a time this holiday season so you can give them as gifts, bring them to parties or simply enjoy them at home.
Easy Peppermint Chocolate Bread
Peppermint Chocolate Bread
With the holiday season in full swing, you can never go wrong with a classic holiday flavor: peppermint. Combined with chocolate, it’s my personal favorite flavor combo for…
- For the Cake:
- butter: 1/2 cup, room temperature
- sugar: 1 1/2 cups
- salt: 1/2 tsp
- vanilla extract: 1 tsp
- peppermint extract: 1 tsp
- baking soda: 1/2 tsp
- cocoa powder: 2/3 cup
- eggs: 3
- milk: 3/4 cup
- flour: 1-1/4 cups
- For the Topping:
- powdered sugar: 1 cup, sifted
- milk: 1-3 Tablespoons
- peppermint candies: 15, crushed
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease the bottom and sides of a loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
Step 2: In one bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
Step 3: In the bowl of your mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Step 4: Add each egg, then the peppermint and vanilla and mix well until combined.
Step 5: Add 1/3 of the flour, then milk and alternate until the batter is smooth.
Step 6: Bake for 60-65 minutes until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool completely before icing.
Strep 7: To make the icing, whisk together the sifted powdered sugar and a little milk at a time until just smooth enough to drizzle.
Step 8: Drizzle the icing over the cooled cake and top with crushed peppermint candy for added flavor and crunch. Slice and serve!