Buttermilk Chocolate Bread Recipe
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Buttermilk Chocolate Bread Recipe

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I serve this rich cake-like bread and its creamy chocolate honey butter often at Christmastime. It makes a great brunch item, but it also goes well on a dinner buffet. This recipe won me a "Best in Category" award in a local cooking contest. -Patrice Bruwer-Miller, Wyoming, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 246 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 267mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, cocoa, salt, baking powder and baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk just until moistened. Fold in pecans.
  2. Pour into a greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.
  3. In a small bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Beat in the honey and chocolate syrup. Serve with bread. Yield: 1 loaf (16 slices, 1/2 cup butter).
Originally published as Buttermilk Chocolate Bread in Taste of Home December/January 2002, p33

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Reviewed Jan. 23, 2016

"I accidentally overmixed the batter for this a bit and it still came out beautifully! I omitted the pecans and added in dark chocolate chips. Next time I will add in some cinnamon. Love this!"

Reviewed Mar. 30, 2014

"A hit at church breakfast!"

Reviewed Oct. 22, 2012

"This was a nice addition to a selection of quick breads for brunch."

Reviewed Sep. 2, 2012

"I created an account just to review this recipe. I made it since I had some buttermilk that needed to be used today or tossed, and I had all of the other ingredients on hand.

The batter was so light, as was the resulting cake, and the chocolate flavor of the cake went so well with the honey butter.
I am thrilled to find such an easy and delicious cake."

Reviewed Feb. 28, 2012

"More of a bitter-sweet chocolate taste. I made it without the butter spread, but I loved the concept of a bread form. It was pretty good."

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