Searching for a recipe: Chocolate Bread in Gourmet Magazine

I am searching for a recipe that I believe was called “Chocolate Bread”. It was in Gourmet Magazine in the mid to late 1980’s. I have been searching, but to date have been unsuccessful in finding it. Thank you for any help/suggestions you might have to offer!

  • Posted by: Gail
  • January 16, 2021


Jim June 5, 2023
I believe it was early 80s and the article included companion recipes for vanilla bread with chocolate butter and chocolate bread with vanilla butter, and am pretty sure they both were yeast breads. Made both, successfully, a couple of times but have not been able to find the recipes in decades. This thread provides new hope!
[email protected] April 8, 2023
Hello I have come very late to the party! But I arrive with the recipe you are seeking so I hope you see this. Chocolate Bread: 3Tbs plus 11/2 c unsweetened cocoa 3Tbs boiling water 11/2 tsp vanilla 3 large eggs (5fl oz) 11/4c sifted flour 3/4c plus 2Tbs sugar 1/4 tsp salt 13Tbs unsalted butter 3/4 tsp baking powder. Whisk together the cocoa & water cool whisk in vanilla and eggs. Mix together remaining dry ingredients add 1/2 chocolate and the butter. Mix on low 1 minute Gradually add remaining mixture in two batches. Bake at 350 50-60 minutes Cover loosely with buttered foil and after 25 minutes split the middle Best of luck my recipe is pretty old hope it is clear Enjoy Jen
Miss_Karen January 17, 2021
You can always contact Conde Nast the publisher. They probably have some archival system.
Gail January 17, 2021
Thanks! Great idea!
Stephanie G. January 16, 2021
Found it! Maybe this is what you are looking for...I used to make it all the time..

Gail January 16, 2021
This is not the exact recipe, but it seems very similar! I remember I grated a lot of chocolate for the Gourmet Magazine recipe. Thank you so much for your gracious efforts! So deeply appreciative.
Stephanie G. January 16, 2021
Rose Levy Berenbaum has a recipe in The Bread Bible...or is it the Cake Bible for a chocolate bread recipe? Its a quick bread. I used to make it a lot...let me see if I can find it. .
creamtea January 16, 2021
Was it a recipe shared by a reader or requested from a restaurant? Can you remember anything else about the issue it was in (summer, autumn, winter, fall)?
creamtea January 16, 2021
Used to be able to search the Epicurious website with a filter for Gourmet magazine. Disappointing that you can't do that now. Cooking websites, including this one, disappointingly similar. There, I said it.
Gail January 16, 2021
Ahhh, that I can’t remember. I don’t think it was from a restaurant, but can’t be sure. I made tons of it and gave it as holiday gifts, so perhaps the fall???
Jean B. February 23, 2021
Gail, I have a crazy thought. Just curious if you perhaps ever shared the recipe with any of the bread recipients. Yes, well if it was that easy you would already have thought of that. Sorry.
Gammy January 16, 2021
Gail, can you describe the bread or recipe any further? Do you remember any details of the original recipe? Is it a raised yeast bread or is a quick bread? Is it a dark brown bread maybe made with cocoa along with the flour or a more traditional bread with a chocolate swirl or chocolate chips?
Gail January 16, 2021
Yes! It is a quickd bread. I remember it was grated chocolate, not chocolate chips. It was a pretty dark brown bread, so there may have been cocoa added as well. It was very flavorful and delicious.
Nancy January 16, 2021
As the chocolate quick bread is not findable in a search of Gourmet (Epicurious site), add more detail (another ingredient like zucchini or a flavored frosting) and make a wider search.
Gail January 16, 2021
No, no zucchini, and no flavored frosting. A very simple yet amazingly delicious quick bread recipe. I too searched Epicurious, but it does not archive Gourmet from 1984-1989 at least as far as I can tell. It was definitely in an issue in that time period.
Nancy January 16, 2021
I see, Gail. Last thing that works for me in a recipe search is by author or by other details, if available from a feature article or from memory. Good luck in your hunt.
Gail January 16, 2021
Thank you, so much!!
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