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Quick And Easy Chocolate Dessert Recipes: How To Make A Chocolate Chip Walnut Loaf

Updated on April 23, 2011

Easy Dessert Recipe: Chocolate Chip Walnut Loaf

Sometimes you need a really good dessert but you need it to just be done ahead and be simple - you need to just be able to slice it and put it out and have people 'graze' past it! In my case, just in case they didn't stop at the other 50 desserts I had out to cover all the bases.

This is a great, super easy dessert recipe and combines 2 wonderful ingredients - chocolate chips and walnuts - as a loaf dessert!

This recipe is great for just about any situation and the great thing is that you can make it ahead and relax - that is the most important thing in cooking for me.

We all need to have some recipes where you can just put them together, display them and be done with it - no worries about preparation and 'timing'.

This is one of those great recipes - Enjoy!

This is another treasure from my old, old cookbook The Ultimate American Cookbook.

Photo Credit: Flickr Ayelie

Makes 1 loaf


  • 1/2 cup sugar - divided – 1-1/2 tablespoons and then rest of sugar for recipe
  • 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 tablespoons potato flour or cornstarch
  • 9 tablespoons butter – room temperature
  • 2 eggs at room temperature (or 1/2 cup egg substitute)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons raisins, dried cranberries, or currants
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped fine
  • Grated rind of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • Powdered sugar for dusting if desired


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 8-1/2 x 4-1/2 inch loaf pan with wax paper or parchment paper and grease.
  2. Sprinkle 1-1/2 tablespoons of sugar into the pan and tilt to distribute the sugar in an even layer over bottom and sides. Shake out the excess.
  3. Sift cake flour, baking powder, potato flour (or cornstarch) 3 times – set aside.
  4. With mixer, cream butter until soft. Add the remaining sugar and continue beating until light and fluffy.
  5. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating to incorporate thoroughly after each addition.
  6. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the butter mixture – in 3 batches – DO NOT OVERMIX.
  7. Fold in vanilla, fruit, walnuts, lemon rind, and chocolate chips until just blended.
  8. Pour the batter into the prepared sugared pan and bake until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean – 45-50 minutes.
  9. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes – transfer to a rack to cool completely.
  10. Dust with powdered sugar if desired before serving.


  • Substitute other nuts for walnuts
  • Substitute dried fruits such as apricots or blueberries
  • Substitute almond extract for vanilla extract and use almonds for the nuts
  • Substitute white chocolate chips for regular chocolate chips
  • Substitute butterscotch chips and use walnuts


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      Audrey Kirchner 8 years ago from Washington

      Too funny - that's what I need - someone else who bakes! I just have to keep on trying all these as I think I am a baker at heart....or just a wannabee caterer....thanks so much for reading!

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      Sage Williams 8 years ago

      The name alone, grabbed my attention. My mouth is watering. I am not a baker by any means but this is one that I will be sure to pass on to my friends who love to bake. Maybe one of them will make it and I will get to try it out.


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      Audrey Kirchner 8 years ago from Washington

      There ya go! Keep warm - we are just rain, rain, rain - it is not supposed to happen here - it was supposed to happen in Seattle where we came from - oh well!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      This sounds glorious! It would be perfect on a cold, rainy, snowy day like today!

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      Audrey Kirchner 8 years ago from Washington

      Too funny - I would love to do baking or cooking - always think I'd love to be a caterer! I just don't have enough hours in the day to do everything I wish I could - including going on the road with my accordion - and my malamutes - har har...thanks for reading! I have to bake the dang chocolate stuff because I can't eat it - it is so totally not fair - but at least I get my fix from smelling it baking!

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      Darlene Sabella 8 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      You make it and I will order it from you how does that sound? Really this is an awesome hub, and thing to do with choc and you have my heart girlfriend. HA! Thanks for sharing

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      Audrey Kirchner 8 years ago from Washington

      Thanks for stopping by - you are the chocolate chip guy! I have to make them for everyone else since I can't even eat them but that's okay - love the smell of baking chocolate.

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      Simon Cook 8 years ago from NJ, USA

      Mmmm chocolate chip cookies! Mmmm walnuts......great recipe...must try it! Thanks!