My husband is a fan of chocolate, orange and ginger combo so I decided to bake something special for him. Here is a delicious recipe for a soft quick bread that is packed with fresh orange juice, zest and crystallized ginger. The crumb of this loaf is amazing and you don’t need a lot of ingredients.
The chocolate glaze sets very nice so it won’t be messy when you slice and serve.
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Let’s start with the recipe.
Yield one loaf pan
For the loaf
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup white granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
orange zest, from 2 medium-large oranges
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup crystallized ginger chips. You can add more if you want to. This is the brand I like to use. Click HERE.
For the chocolate glaze
4 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
1 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1.-Pre-heat oven 350 F. Grease a loaf pan and line the bottom and sides with parchment paper.
2.- In a small bowl mix: flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
3.- In another bowl and using an electric mixer, beat butter for 2 minutes. Add sugar and cream both ingredients for 2 more minutes until light and fluffy.
4.- Add eggs, one by one, mixing well after each addition.
5.- Mix in juice and zest. Mix. You will notice the batter curdles, but don’t worry, it will all come together.
6.- In low speed, add the dry ingredients and mix until you don’t see any leftover flour. Using a spatula, fold in the ginger chips.
7.- Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with a few dry crumbs.
It is very important that you know that each oven works different, so I suggest that you check your bread after 40 minutes of baking time. The top of the bread should get a nice golden brown color but not too dark. If you think your bread is getting to dark but it still needs baking time, grab a piece of foil, cover it and finish baking.
8.- Let it cool completely on top of a cooling rack.
For the chocolate glaze
1.- In a bowl sift chocolate powder and powered sugar.
2.- Add in water and vanilla extract. Mix very well until you it is smooth and you don’t see any lumps.
3.- Pour glaze on top of your cooled bread and let the glaze set for at least one hour.
4.- Serve, cut and enjoy!
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