Walnut-Choco Mini Loaves

MAKES: 4 mini loaves. PREP: 15 minutes. BAKE: at 325 degrees for 35 minutes.

Walnut-Choco Mini Loaves
Yield: 4 mini loaves Prep 15 mins Bake 325°F 35 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 teaspoon vegetable shortening
  • 4 walnut halves

Make It

1. Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Coat four 4-1/2 x 2-1/2 x 2-inch loaf pans with nonstick spray or nonstick spray with flour.

2. Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt in medium-size bowl.

3. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl until smooth, 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, along with vanilla, beating well after each egg. On low speed, add flour mixture, alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour. Add nuts and 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips. Divide batter evenly among pans, a heaping cup in each.

4. Bake loaves at 325 degrees F for 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Let loaves cool in pans on wire rack for 5 minutes. Invert loaves onto rack; remove pans. Cool completely, turning right side up.

5. Microwave remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips and shortening in a glass bowl on high power for 1 minute. Stir until smooth. Spoon a tablespoon on top of each loaf; press in a walnut half. Let stand or refrigerate to harden slightly.