Look at the chocolate in this!
I originally thought of this bread for St Patrick’s Day as a twist on the classic Irish Soda Bread but when my husband was eating his second slice ( 🙂 ) he suggested that it would also be a perfect alternative to chocolate chip Hot Cross Buns at Easter.
As this only takes a short time to cook it would be great for a last minute morning or afternoon tea, or add some ice cream and serve it for a weeknight dessert.
Ingredients – serves 4-6:
150g/5 oz plain (all purpose) flour
- 150g/5 oz wholemeal plain flour
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
- 2 teaspoons white sugar
- juice and finely grated zest of 1 orange
- 1 cup milk
- 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips, plus a few extra to sprinkle
- Heat your oven to 200C/180C fan forced/390F.
- Spray a baking tray with a little cooking spray.
- Put all the ingredients in a large bowl and then use a flat bladed knife to mix together into a soft dough. If the dough is a little bit sticky, (it depends on how much juice is in your orange), then sprinkle on a tiny bit more plain flour and knead for a couple of seconds until smooth.
- Form the dough into a round disc and place onto the prepared baking tray.
- Sprinkle over a few extra chocolate chips.
- Bake for 25-28 minutes or until the loaf is risen and golden. It should sound hollow when tapped.
- Remove from the oven and leave on the tray to cool for 5 minutes before slicing into wedges and serving.