I serve this rich cake-like bread and its creamy chocolate honey butter often at Christmastime. It makes a great brunch item, but it also goes well on a dinner buffet. This recipe won me a 'Best in Category' award in a local cooking contest. -Patrice Bruwer, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Recipe Summary test

prep:
20 mins
cook:
55 mins
total:
75 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
16 servings
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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CHOCOLATE HONEY BUTTER:

Directions

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  • In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, cocoa, salt, baking powder and baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Fold in pecans.

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  • Pour into a greased 9-in. x 5-in. x 3-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.

  • In a small mixing bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Add honey and chocolate syrup; mix well. Serve with the bread.

Nutrition Facts

246 calories; protein 3.4g; carbohydrates 27.8g; fat 14.6g; cholesterol 54.4mg; sodium 236.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (38)

Rating: 5 stars
04/10/2007
Wonderfully moist bread! Thanks for the yummy recipe! I made the following tiny changes: subbed applesauce for the butter, reduced sugar to ¾ cup, added 1 tsp. of vanilla and ½ tsp of cinnamon, used 1/3 cup of mini-chocolate chips instead of pecans. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2009
Incredily moist and delicious - I added 2 tsp. of vanilla and 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon. Instead of the nuts, I added 1/2 c. of white chocolate chips. I didn't do the chocolate honey butter as I thought the bread was fine on it's own. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2007
Very nice moist bread. I just substituted applesauce for the butter and only used 3/4 cup of sugar. It tasted really good. Thanks for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/22/2007
This was very GOOD! It was light and fluffy. I didn't put in the pecans, but i did add 1/3 cup chocolate chips. I didn't make the honey butter, I thought it was great on its own. Very good with vanilla ice cream. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2010
This is a great chocolate cake-bread. I used canola oil and also added chocolate chips. I tried to decorate the top with pecan halves, but the batter is very thin, like cake batter, so my pecan decorations sank. Still delicious! I didn't make the chocolate honey butter for us, though I certainly would if I were planning to serve this to guests & I'd include the recipe if I were planning to give this as a gift. This does not rise much; I used this batter in ONE standard loaf pan. It made a lovely loaf with a pretty, rounded top. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/16/2009
If you're looking for a rich flavored bread/cake, consider adding a bit of molasses and a dash of cinnamon. If you're looking for a chocolatey bread/cake, you'll need to replace the nuts with chocolate chips (I used regular-size semi-sweet chips) and consider adding a teaspoon of vanilla. Don't add cinnamon if you're looking for chocolate, since it distracts from what little chocolate flavor there is. This "bread" (more like a dense cake) isn't what you need if you're looking for a chocolate fix, but it is delicious. I went with my suggested chocolate suggestions above (chips and vanilla) and ate it without the spread. Chocolatey enough to enjoy, but not a chocoholic's dream. Without the chips it wouldn't have really tasted much like chocolate...just a very rich, dark-flavored bread (they help bring out the mild chocolate flavor in the bread). Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/14/2006
I found this recipe in my Taste of Home and tried it a week or so ago. It was a hit, and I will be making it again tonight. It's not overly sweet but is moist with a good texture. We didn't try the honey butter because we didn't think it needed it, but I'm sure it's delicious w/it. It's a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/10/2008
A big hit at home! I always try to sneak in some fiber for my kids somewhere and this recipe was perfect for it. The changes I made; added 1 cup all-bran and let it softened with about 1 1/4 cup skim milk with 1 T vinegar milk instead of 1 cup buttermilk, used canola oil instead of butter, used 1 cup all purpose flour and 1/2 cup wheat, couple dashes of cinnamon, 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips. Baked at 325 for 1 hr 15-20 min. I may try adding shredded zuchinni next time instead of extra milk. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2011
Definitely a cake-like bread. I almost wish I hadn't made it because I can't stop eating it. I almost didn't make the honey butter to go with it, but I am so glad that I did because it goes so well with the bread. Instead of nuts, I added mini chocolate chips. Read More
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