I had promised the girls I teach each Sunday a baked treat as part of their lesson today. I ended up taking an extra class today, so I doubled the recipe for the Double Chocolate Loaf and had lots of tasters. Before I started my lesson, I started a new tradition with my class (one that I learned while teaching in Pittsburgh) ... Sweet & Sour. It was something that I had kinda forgotten about but it came to my mind the other day and thought that it's just what I need in my class as a way to feel closer to each other and open some lines of communication. So as the platter of chocolate loaf bread & PB spread went around the room, I got to hear the sweets & sours of each girls' week. My sour of the week: assessments at symphony that we had to play in front of the whole first violin section ... talk about nerve-racking! My sweet for the week: being able to de-stress by baking & enjoying TWO great chocolate desserts this week.
The loaf's taste reminded me a little bit of those chocolate-chocolate chip muffins that you buy at Sam's Club or Costco. We enjoyed our loaves, but had a few issues with them. I baked a few different sizes and my largest sized loaves fell in the middle. My loaves were also a tad dry and very crumbly. So there is possibly something that I did incorrectly along the way. My eggs felt somewhat small to me in my hands as I was cracking them, so maybe I should've added an extra egg??? The Peanut Butter spread was a huge hit among my little kiddies and the girls I taught this morning. But I think it would be fun to try other flavors like strawberry or raspberry mixed with the cream cheese & then put on top of the chocolate bread.