Chili Chocolate Pumpkin Marble Bread

There is just the right amount of subtle heat in this Chili Chocolate Pumpkin Marble Bread. It’s spiced with a mix of cinnamon, ginger, allspice and cloves.

Chili Chocolate Pumpkin Marble Bread

I’m late to the annual pumpkin party.  

It seems like everyone else has been indulging since September, some even ordering that first pumpkin spice latte in August.

Just last week I bought my first can of pumpkin puree.

Chili Chocolate Pumpkin Marble Bread

Every year I am reminded of all the wonderful things you can do with a single can.

On the savory side, I love baked pumpkin risotto.

Why is it that I seem to forget the magic of that deep orange puree and what it does to baked goods, especially quick breads?

Even through I don’t always follow my own advice, I think it’s a good idea to keep at least one can of pumpkin puree in your pantry.

Chili Chocolate Pumpkin Marble Bread

There is just the right amount of heat in this chili chocolate pumpkin marble bread, spiced with cinnamon, ginger, allspice and cloves.

The first time I baked a loaf was after a cup of granola at a coffee shop inspired me.

I bought it as a snack to share with my son. We both loved it.

That granola had a little buzz to it. When I flipped over the container to read the ingredients my suspicion was confirmed—chili powder!

A similar hint of spiciness is a great pair with pumpkin and especially with the chocolate swirls that pattern each slice of this bread.

Chili Chocolate Pumpkin Marble Bread

How To Make Chili Chocolate Pumpkin Marble Bread

After preheating the oven to 350 degrees F and greasing a loaf pan with non-stick cookings pray, I start on the dry ingredients.

They involve the expected flour and baking soda plus a mix of spices: cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice, and of course, chili powder.

Chili Chocolate Pumpkin Marble Bread

After that, I whisk together the wet ingredients into a separate bowl. The mix includes oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and the pumpkin puree.

The final step before putting it all into the pan is to swirl melted semi-sweet chocolate through the batter.

Once baked and cooled, each slice of this chili chocolate pumpkin marble bread is a surprise with streaks of chocolate running throughout.

Chili Chocolate Pumpkin Marble Bread
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Chili Chocolate Pumpkin Marble Bread

Chili Chocolate Pumpkin Marble Bread
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour – 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour – 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf

Ingredients

Non-stick cooking spray
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
Pinch of ground cloves
Pinch of ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled slightly

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9-inch by 5-inch loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray, line with parchment paper and then spray the paper.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, chili powder, cloves, allspice and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, sugar, eggs, pumpkin puree and vanilla extract until smooth. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined.

Slowly pour the melted chocolate into the batter just barely stirring with a spatula making sure it still looks swirled. Transfer to the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 60 to 75 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool the loaf in the pan for 10 minutes before removing and cooling completely on a wire rack

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