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Treat Your Valentine to Triple-Chocolate Bread Bites

With Valentine's Day around the corner, I wanted to get a head start on finding the perfect recipe for my sweetie. Looking through my cookbooks, one caught my eye as the ideal place to start — The Wine Lover's Dessert Cookbook. This book is dedicated to creating delicious desserts that accompany a variety of different wines. While I drooled over many, I decided to experiment with the triple-chocolate buttermilk loaf cake. After seeing the Bites of Love series on lilsugar, instead of baking a loaf, I divided the batter into mini muffin tins to create a dainty two-bite dessert. Chocoholics will be in heaven with the complex and rich flavor of three different types of chocolate: dark chocolate, semisweet chips, and cocoa powder. These moist bread bites would be superb with a bold red wine or ruby port. If you and your honey don't drink wine, these minicakes would be romantic at breakfast with a cup of coffee. To get started on these irresistible triple-chocolate bread bites,

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Triple Chocolate Bread Bites

Triple Chocolate Bread Bites

Chocolate Bread

Ingredients

  1. 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  3. 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  7. 1 cup of sugar
  8. 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  9. 3 large eggs
  10. 2 ounces dark chocolate melted and cooled to room temperature
  11. 1 cup buttermilk
  12. 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Generously butter and flour mini muffin tin
  2. Sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt. Set aside.
  3. Beat together the butter, sugar, and vanilla at medium speed using a standing mixer or electric mixer until very creamy, about 4 minutes.
  4. Add the eggs, one at time, incorporating each completely before adding the next and scraping down the bowl between additions. Add the melted dark chocolate and beat to combine.
  5. Beat in half of the flour mixture, then the buttermilk, then the remaining flour, mixing each time just until all ingredients are incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Fill each mini muffin 3/4 full. Bake for 12-15 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center emerges clean. Wait a couple minutes before removing. Once removed, allow to cool on a cooling rack.

Makes one loaf or approximately 72 mini muffins.


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