It's no doubt that the all-time favorite cookie in America is the chocolate chip (or the original name, the Toll House Cookie.) Next to apple pie, it's about as all-American as American cuisine can be. But how about a slant on this old favorite?. Naturally, the chocolate chip cookie can't really be improved on, though there are scores of variations when it comes to recipes.
I'm passing along a recipe that uses chocolate chips that's not a cookie, but a bread. Yet, it's moist and rich enough to be considered a cake, which is for a "Chocolate Chip Loaf". This is a cake/bread that's full of chocolate flavor and it's great as is or topped with ice cream. If you want to fully indulge, drizzle some chocolate sauce over it and you'll have a true chocolate-lovers favorite!
It's an interesting recipe since it's made with cookie mix. It also has some instant vanilla pudding in it, also. However, you'll only need to use half of a box of the pudding. This will give you a good excuse for making it again! It's all stirred together and placed in a loaf pan, ready to bake. When it's done, remove it from the pan and you'll have something really tasty! Slice it and serve it with a cold glass of milk and it comes very close to being just as satisfying as the famous cookie.
One note about baking the loaf is that the recipe calls for it to bake 35-40 minutes. In my oven, it takes longer, so check it at the 35 minute mark and go from there. If it's not quite done, which you check by inserting a toothpick in the center and seeing if it comes out clean, bake another 5-7 minutes and check again. If your oven bakes fast, you'll want to check it sooner than the 35 minutes.
For another sweet treat made with butterscotch chips, I gave a recipe a while back for "Butterscotch Coffeecake" that's made in a most unusual way. To get the recipe, follow this link:
Is it a bread or a cake? Make this recipe and decide for yourself!
CHOCOLATE CHIP LOAF
- 1 pouch Betty Crocker chocolate chip cookie mix
- 1/2 pkg. (4 serving size) INSTANT vanilla pudding mix
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 C. all-purpose flour
- 1/2 C. sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 C. oil
- 1/2 C. water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all the above together by hand in a large bowl until well mixed. Turn into a greased and floured loaf pan, about 9x5 inches. Bake for 35-40 minutes, testing with doneness with a toothpick (I find that it takes a bit longer to bake, according to my oven.) Let cool for about ten minutes, then turn out to finish cooling. May be served warm or cool, with ice cream and/or chocolate sauce, if desired. Yield: 1 loaf.