Raspberry Almond Truffle Bread

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Raspberry Almond Truffle Bread=Amazingness. It's one of my favorite recipes I've created lately.

But first, a snowy update.

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Early Tuesday morning we got 7-10 inches of snow in the Springfield area. All of the schools and colleges were closed down, as well as a lot of businesses. The restaurant I serve tables at was closed yesterday and today.

So no work for me! Yippie! I'm enjoying my days off and relaxing, reading, and baking. (Not that I don't love waiting tables.. *Cough*)

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It's kind of hard to see how much snow we got from these pictures, but oh well. I had the wrong lens on my camera, plus I was freezing and didn't want to be outside very long.

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I really haven't left the house since Saturday, and I'm okay with that. I'm a homebody, I suppose.

Boots! Not snow boots. These was the closest thing I had.
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Back to the bread. Make this bread PLEASE! You won't regret it.

The star ingredient is chocolate almond butter. I used Maranatha chocolate almond butter for the fat in this bread; I didn't use any oil or butter. This stuff is fabulous.

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There's no added fat in this bread, and there's also no added sugar. The sweetness comes from natural raspberry preserves, raspberries, the almond butter, chocolate chips and dates.

I also threw some almonds on top of the bread dough before baking.

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Oh my goodness! It was sooo moist, delicious, and chocolately. I love the combination of chocolate and raspberry together. I'm going to make this again. I loved the bread and Eric loved the bread, too.
(P.S. Eric shaved his mustache and beard today. It shocked me. I haven't seen him like this in probably a year and a half.)

I'm going to try and post a lot of chocolate recipes for the month of February since it's Valentine's Day month. It's going to be such a challenge... I don't know if I can do it. ;)

Happy Groundhog's Day!

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Raspberry Almond Truffle Bread

1 cup chopped dates
1/2 cup water
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chocolate almond butter
1/2 cup raspberry preserves
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup raspberries
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
2 tablespoons slivered almonds

Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a loaf pan with cooking spray and lightly dust with flour.

Bring dates and water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat; cook 2 minutes, or until dates are softened.

In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat almond butter, raspberry preserves and date mixture for 1 minute or until well combined. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually beat in flour mixture alternating with buttermilk until just combined. Stir together an additional tablespoon of flour and raspberries until well coated; stir raspberries into batter along with chocolate chips.

Smooth batter into pan; sprinkle with almonds and a few extra chocolate chips if desired. Bake 40-45 minutes or until well risen, fragrant, and golden brown around edges. Cool on a wire rack before slicing.

Makes 1 loaf


47 comments:

  1. Uh you had us at truffle. This bread is gorgeous!

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  2. This looks awesome! I'm a big fan of your chocolate peanut butter banana bread - might be time to try a new variety :)

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  3. Given that I and all my classmates live right across the street from school...yeah we get no snow days. I think I need to make this bread just to make myself feel better about that fact!

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  4. What an amazing bread...dessert? Look at that snow!

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  5. Emily, I thonk I fell in love with this bread. Plus, it's easy to prepare it with Nutella instead of the almond and chocolate spread (wich I don't think that exists here). I made my own almonds and chocolate spread last week and I really that I will make your bread! This week-end!

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  6. Wow.. this bread wouldn't last the night in my house. It sounds unbelievably delicious! Awesome creation!

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  7. Such a gorgeous colored bread, glad you get the day off.

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  8. Yum, you had me at raspberry + chocolate. Keep 'em coming. :) Glad you're surviving the snow!

    (My boyfriend is threatening to not only shave the beard [for the second time in 3 years], but also his long-haired head - I'm so unnerved!!!! hahaha)

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  9. truffle bread..I like the sound of that!

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  10. OOOOOH lovely bread.

    Tons of snow here as well!

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  11. I'm pretty sure I won't be able to stop thinking about this bread until I make it - it looks simply divine! I'm all about healthy baked goods that taste indulgent, so this truffle bread is juuuust my cup of tea :). Now I just have to decide whether to make this bread or your amazing-looking carrot cake this weekend. Perhaps both? ;).

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  12. Seriously, chocolate and raspberries have got to be the most delicious combo. well, besides bananas and chocolate, or penaut butter and chocolate, etc. I got carried away. Nice recipe!!

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  13. Oh my gosh, this looks so good! I love the combination of raspberries and chocolate! Glad you were able to get off work! It's crazy out there! We got about 20 inches, and then drifting as high as about 3 1/2 feet!

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  14. Oh my does this look good! I unfortunately haven't had any snow days off despite mass amounts of snow so this bread looks like the perfect treat!

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  15. Oh, my... this bread sounds so delicious, I want to cry. I will definitely have to try it! We were predicted to get 16-18"" of snow from the storm, but we only got around 4-5" - lame!
    PS - Totally random question, but where did you get your boots from? I have been looking for a pair like that for quite some time (apparently, they are impossible to find.)

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  16. It's nice to have a few days off, but think how nice that would be if it were sunny and 80 degrees! That gorgeous bread would certainly help to make this horrible weather bearable, though.

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  17. I don't really like peanut butter, but I can get into this chocolate almond butter! The loaf looks delicious, and the snow is ridiculous.

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  18. Thanks everyone!

    Maggie, I'm so glad you liked it!

    I'm sorry Joanne. :(

    Kim, that's a good idea! I think I might even prefer Nutella.

    Sally, you should post before and after pictures.

    Caroline, 20 inches? Wow!

    Christinah, I bought them in a store on fifth avenue when I went to NYC. I can't remember what the store was. :(

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  19. We got crazy snow over here too. Snowed in for 2 days. Gross. I wish I had some of this bread to keep me company though.

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  20. Chocolate- Almond Butter?? That's gotta be a lot like Nutella, right? I'm in!

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  21. yummy this bread looks good. Pity I don t find the almond butter here.

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  22. oh my, love this bread! perfect for a sweet treat after dinner i'm sure ;) i need some true winter boots... i just keep putting it off!!

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  23. I really like the look of this bread, but I really can't stand respberries. Don't know what it is about them, but they really gross me out. Do you think blueberries would work? Or strawberries? Blackberries?

    And I really love how you're pictures look at the moment :)

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  24. Nutella should work too, right? I can not wait to try it, though I think I will be trying it with Nutella instead of the almond butter. It seems like the most perfect blizzard bread ever!

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  25. Incredible photos in this post!

    You are a very gifted photographer.

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  26. Isn't all of this snow just lovely? Makes me want to go outside and roll around naked I tell ya (Yes the snow insanity has reached by brain).

    I'm sure if I had this spread in my house I'd eat the whole jar before I could make the bread, although I think I'd really really really try hard to make the bread first because it looks so good. My local farmers market sells some locally made peanut and nut butters in various flavors. It might be nice to use on in a recipe like this.

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  27. I am determined to make this bread as soon as possible!

    I also want to thank you for making some more "healthy" recipes lately!

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  28. ooh you fooled me! I would have guessed there was lots of sugar and butter. I'll definitely have to give this nut-butter-baking thing a shot :)

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  29. some people enjoy a winter wonderland, but i prefer a scene more like the one in charlie and the chocolate factory--edible stuff all around! great batch of bread, emily. :)

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  30. Your bread looks worthy of a snow day :) Great idea to use the almond butter, I love doing it but haven't baked an almond cake in a while...I know what's next!

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  31. Hmmm - chocolate almond butter! YUM! And this is coming from the girl that "doesn't like chocolate." This bread looks divine Emily!

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  32. This looks great! I love that there is no added fat and sugar.

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  33. I am going to make this, you sold me on it! I just have to find the almond stuff.

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  34. Haha Emily - the beard is intact, thank goodness, but it turns out he cut his own hair last night. Not worth the after pic, don't tell him I said that! ;)

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  35. Uh, wow and yum and so pretty! Awesome photos, too! I need help with my food-photo skills

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  36. I definitely won't be complaining about you posting more chocolate recipes this month--especially if they are anything like this one! I need to find that almond butter stat ;-)

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  37. I haven't heard of chocolate almond butter before, but this looks like the perfect way to use it - yum!

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  38. I love how this doesn't have any added sugar! I have a huge jar of almond butter, do you think I could just add some cocoa powder with the dry ingredients and have it come out okay?

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  39. This looks absolutely delicious Em - I like the little raspberry "heart" - it's a nice touch. Enjoy being snowed in!

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  40. You need a bread like this to warm you up with all of that coldness.

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  41. Chocolate and Truffle.....sounds great, and it looks absolutely sinful! Thanks for sharing, I can't wait to try it.

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  42. I made this bread yesterday but had to use an organic chocolate hazelnut spread instead of the almond butter since I couldn't remember what store I've seen the almond butter at before. Anyway, it was so delicious! And it was the most moist bread I can remember eating in forever. Thanks for another great recipe.

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  43. Kelli, yaaay! So glad you liked it!

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  44. Thanks Emily great recipe, will try it out. Just perplexed on using Nutella, the USA one made in new jersey by ferrero usa is totally different :( from the REAL NUTELLA made in Italy.... it's like I know you wouldn't like peanut butter made in Italy..... :)) Also nutella is made of hazelnuts, not almonds....
    warmest Aloha, Cri

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  45. I made this bread using homemade chocolate almond butter and it turned out divine!
    Here's my post about it-
    http://notthenormalteenagefare.blogspot.com/2011/02/sweets.html

    Thanks for the recipe!

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  46. Emily,

    I made this bread again after I found the chocolate almond butter. I took it to a breakfast event and got three requests for the recipe. SO delish!

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  47. Kelli, I'm go glad you liked it! :)

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