Orange-Chocolate Loaf

Orange-Chocolate Loaf ~ Drenched in Orange Syrup ! This is an easy {all-season} Orange-Chocolate Loaf which can be served on it's own or with a bit of cream

Chocolate is an all season treat, right? Orange might not be, but combined with Chocolate it is one of the most loved treats. This Orange-Chocolate Loaf will soon be a family favorite.

The baked Chocolate loaf is drenched in an Orange syrup, making it the ideal dessert or tea time treat to serve on it’s own.

I do like a little whipped cream with mine as the Loaf is quite sweet and a very lightly sweetened whipped cream, balances the sweetness perfectly.

Dimitri has recently started being a huge fan of anything Orange-Chocolate. I, on the other hand am not crazy over this combination in chocolate bars.

But in a dessert ? Oh, yes, I am always game ! I serve the Loaf at room temperature during the warmer months and slightly warmer on a chilly evening. I might even add a scoop of Vanilla ice-cream to mine – delicious ! The ice-cream melts into the slices and taste fantastic.

This is the first time since I started baking the Orange-Chocolate Loaf, that I served it upside-down. It is not like a loaf of bread with a round top when baked, therefore I simply tipped it over when I transferred the loaf to the serving board – removed the lining and voila !

A bit of whipped cream and some sprinkles and the loaf was ready to serve. I  prefer it the upside-down way, as it looks better {see all those chocolate bits, and the moistness!} and also makes slicing the Loaf easier.

Orange-Chocolate Loaf

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup Butter
1 1/4 cup Caster Sugar
3 Eggs
2 cups Flour
1 TB Cocoa Powder
1 1/2 t Baking Powder
1/4 t Salt
1/4 cup Chocolate Chips

Sauce :

1/2 cup Sugar
2 TB Butter
3/4 cup Orange Juice

DIRECTIONS;

1.) Preheat the oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F) – line and spray a medium loaf pan with cooking oil.
2.) Beat together the Butter and Caster Sugar until light and creamy – add the Eggs one-by-one, beating after each addition.
3.) In a separate bowl, sift together the Flour, Cocoa, Baking Powder and Salt – fold into the Butter mixture and stir in the Chocolate Chips – pour batter into the prepared pan.
4.) Bake 55 – 60 minutes or until a tester comes out clean – remove from the oven and let cool 5 minutes.
5.) Meanwhile make the Sauce : Boil together the Sugar, Butter and Orange Juice, stirring regularly, for about 3 – 5 minutes until syrupy.
6.) Leaving the loaf in the pan – cut small slits in the top – pour over the Orange Sauce and let stand until cooled.
7.) Transfer to a serving dish and serve with whipped cream or as is.

ps: Hide a slice {or two} and enjoy with your morning coffee ! Standing longer makes this Loaf just better and better…

Orange-Chocolate Loaf ~ Drenched in Orange Syrup ! This is an easy {all-season} Orange-Chocolate Loaf which can be served on it's own or with a bit of cream
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