I was very much on the fence about posting this bread.
Why, inquiring minds want to know? Well, the simple fact is that although I liked it, I didn’t love it. I mean, I love the idea of it, not the actually reality of it.
By now there’s a good chance you might be thinking that I bumped my head recently, (and actually, I did – three times I knocked my head into a low-hanging oak tree branch over the past weekend) as anything that contains chocolate is generally considered a keeper to me.
But this……. this was not all I hoped it would be. Sure, it has all the components of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies – but it just didn’t hold together as well as it should have. The texture was extremely dry and crumbly, even though I followed the directions exactly and allowed it to cool completely before slicing.
I might have to remake this, using oil instead of butter to see if that alleviates the problem. Or, increasing the amount of butter.
When in doubt, add more butter :)
Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookie Bread – adapted from Cookies on Friday
1 3/4 cup flour
1 cup oats
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup of butter, softened
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tbs. vanilla
1 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup chocolate chunks
coarse sugar for topping
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9”x5”loaf pan with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking soda, and cinnamon.. In a large mixer bowl, beat butter until creamy then add the brown sugar. Beat on high speed until fluffy. Add in egg and mix until fully combined, then add in vanilla and stir to combine.
With the mixer on low, add half of the dry ingredients. Once combined, add the buttermilk, then the rest of the dry ingredients. Mix on low speed until completely incorporated. Fold in chocolate chunks.
Pour batter into the buttered pan and sprinkle with coarse sugar (if desired). Place the loaf pan on a baking sheet. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Allow to cool for 15 minutes in the pan before removing to a wire rack to cool.