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Chocolate Almond Quick Bread - layered and made with almond paste. Man, this was good!

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Posted to Thread #28793 at 8:59 pm on Jun 18, 2016

My friend brought fresh strawberries and we served it with them.


This easy quick bread is perfect for breakfast or brunch. Almond Paste and dark cocoa are combined to create a richly flavored filling that is layered in a luscious quick bread.

25 minutes to assemble
50-55 minutes to bake
Total time: 75-80 minutes

10 servings

For Chocolate-Almond Filling:
1-7 oz box of Odense Almond Paste, grated
1/2 cup of sugar
1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For Quick Bread:
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup Half & Half
Optional: confectioner’s sugar


Step 1
Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease and flour (or spray with bakers spray) a 9 X 5 inch loaf pan.

Step 2
In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, pulse Almond Paste, sugar, cocoa powder and cinnamon until texture of small crumbs.

Step 3
In a medium bowl, beat butter and sugar until well combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well between each. Mix in extract. Sift flour, baking powder and salt. Add flour mixture, alternately with Half & Half, until just combined.

Step 4
Spoon 1/4 batter (about 3/4 cup) into pan and spread with a slightly wet spatula*. Sprinkle with 1/3 of chocolate-almond filling (2/3 cup and 1 tablespoon). Repeat chocolate-almond layer two more times, topping with final layer of batter. Rap pan on counter one or two times to ensure there are no air bubbles.

Step 5
Bake for 50-55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool pan on wire rack for 15 minutes. Cover bread with a paper towel. Invert onto wire rack and turn right side up. Serve slightly warm or completely cooled. Just before serving dust with confectioner’s sugar, if desired.

Food processor

Dipping a metal spatula into water and shaking any excess off, helps spread this batter more easily. The batter tends to stick to a dry spatula, which can lift the filling, while spreading.


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