Chocolate Chip Streusel Bread

Today has been a day out of the ordinary. It started with this statement from my son:

"Mommy, I really need some quiet time today."

I tried to hide my grin and smother my chuckle, and went on my way thinking nothing of it. A little while later, he comes to me and says:

"Mommy, I need a bath". 

O.K, now I'm starting to think something is weird. I tell myself that if he starts asking for green vegetables and a nap, I know I'm losing it.

I think the weather has affected him. We had 70 degree weather a few days ago, which turned into pouring rain and hail yesterday, and now it is snowing today. I feel like I've stepped into the twilight zone, although everyone who lives in the Ozarks will tell you, if you don't like the weather -  just wait 5 minutes and it will change. Let me tell you, after 10 years of living here I've found this to be absolutely true.

What do all of these random things have to do with food you say? Nothing really:) Except that each of these out-of-the-ordinary events led me to make this tasty recipe. Chocolate Chip Streusel Bread.

I have a confession to make. This post actually started out as Apple Pie Bread. However, after putting my loaf in the oven and forgetting about it, I made a mad dash for the kitchen to rescue it, only to dump it upside down on the floor. The result.

Not exactly attractive is it?

So, with the patience of a saint, I began working on another loaf.  I was so mad at myself for ruining my first bread, that I decided to experiment with the ingredients and came up with this Chocolate Chip Streusel Bread.  It turned out really good, and I love the combination of the crunchy streusel with the chocolate chip bread.

Don't worry though, I promise to post (a successful) Apple Pie Bread soon:)

Chocolate Chip Streusel Bread
prep: 35 mins  bake: 1 hour  servings: 14 slices

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 milk buttermilk
2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Streusel Topping
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
3 tbsp all-purpose flour
2 tbsp butter
1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan. Set aside.

2. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and 3 tbsp of flour. Using a fork or your fingers, cut in the butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the 1/3 cup of chopped nuts. Set aside.

3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter on medium-high speed for 30 seconds. Beat in sugar until combined. Add the buttermilk and baking powder; beat until combined. Add the eggs and vanilla; beat until combined. Add the flour, cinnamon and salt; beat until combined. Now stir in the chocolate chips and nuts.

4. Spoon the batter into the greased pan, and spread evenly. Sprinkle the Streusel topping over the batter.

5. Bake for 60 to 65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.  Allow to cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully remove from pan, and cool completely on wire rack.


Angela@RecipesFromMyMom said...

I can't decide which bread I'm more excited about, the choc. chip I'm staring out now or the apple pie bread that is yet to come. The choc. chip reminds me of a snack cake my mom used to make, so moist and rich.

Belinda @zomppa said...

That's adorable. Special times call for special treats - I need this with my tea!

All That's Left Are The Crumbs said...

Sorry about your first bread falling on the floor, but the end result does look delicious. I seem to go through stages when I am cooking. I will have a week of forgetting an ingredient, then the next week I will keep burning myself, then I will drop things. What can I say, never a dull moment.

Tricia @ Saving room for dessert said...

Really lovely bread! I'm with your son. I need some time alone, in the bathtub would be good too!

Anonymous said...

Your son sounds like such a character LOL!

The bread looks delicious... I love anything with streussel topping... and chocolate!

Sandra said...

Amazing looking bread! You are sooo creative..I would never thought of putting chocolate chips into the bread! Nicely done!!

Jenni@Story of My Life said...

Woman, yours is my most favorite "food blog" of all time. Your recipes and pictures always make me drool, and I often bookmark things I'd like to try. Just wanted to let you know! :)

Ang said...

This would be a total winner in my house. Especially my 5 year old. She prefers chocolate over, lets see, EVERYTHING! :)

Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

This bread looks delicious! Love that it is filled with so many chocolate chips.

Elyse @The Cultural Dish said...

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Tanya said...

haha that is too cute. I had to read that part about your little one out loud to my hubby. :)

As far as the food, you had me at chocolate. :D Awesome!

Tiffany said...

Fantastic looking bread!

Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels said...

Your son is too cute! :)
This bread looks amazing. I'm obsessed with streusel breads and am drooling over the thought of chocolate chips and streusel together. I can't wait for your apple pie bread! :) YUM!!

Anonymous said...

I think I might like this bread even better than the apple pie version...but I'm a total sucker for chocolate chips :) I hope the sunshine is back your way soon...I always hated the teases of spring that were followed by winter, again. This bread would cheer me up for sure though!

Savoring Italy said...

Apple pie bread!! Oh, I can't wait! This banana streusel topped bread looks fantastic! My kids would gobble it up:)We make banana bread once a week...I have to try your recipe.

Anonymous said...

This looks outstanding!

Kate @ said...

Oh how cute is he! LOL! I love kids and their amazing minds. We are dealing with the same insane weather out here, daughter can relate to him.

This bread though... mmmm... it sounds fantastic. I love that you did the streusel topping!

Melody said...

This bread looks delicious ~ and I'm looking forward to seeing your Apple Pie bread as well ~ sorry for your ruined batch, but glad to know I'm not the only one who's done something like that :)

kita said...

This bread is right up the BFs ally. Ill have to get in the kitchen and earn me some brownie points.

Natalie said...

just bookmarked this--LOVE the sound of it!

Erin said...

This looks absolutely amazing! YUM!!!

Cathy said...

Looks scrumptious! Yum!

Valerie said...

This bread looks so delicious! I'm constantly trying to find new dishes to take to our work pitch-ins and I think this would be a hit.
P.S. I just stumbled across your blog today, and I think it's my new favorite!

Unknown said...

I am loving this recipe.

Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie said...

I know how frustrating it is to make something only to have it fall apart. Glad your 2nd load came out okay--it looks delicious!

Meg Luby said...

chocolate and streusel! win. i love thisssss! i had this and a couple other recipes bookmarked to go back to and just say how much i lovvvvve it! ha, thank you for sharing!

Larisa said...

This bread looks delicious:D
Quick question it supposed to be 1/2 cup of milk or buttermilk?

Unknown said...

Hi Larisa! Yes, this recipe does use buttermilk, although you could easily substitute regular milk if you wanted to.

Unknown said...

I'm assuming when it says 1/2 milk buttermilk, it means 1/2 cup?

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