November 17, 2009

equal opportunity chocolate-eater

That's right--I don't discriminate. Dark, bitter, milk, semi-sweet, white, I'll devour them all. I have my preferences, of course, but who doesn't?

Timmmmmmmber!

Behold, the Leaning Tower of Bread.

I know there are some haters out there who strongly feel that white chocolate is inedible and make a big deal about the fact that it's actually not chocolate at all. I ask them, though, does anything pair with macadamia nuts as naturally and as marvelously as chunks of white chocolate? I don't think so. Is white chocolate raspberry cheesecake not a heaven-sent creation? Indeed it is. We mustn't ignore this creamy white confection, regardless of whether or not it's inappropriately-named.


Now that I've properly praised white chocolate, I can move on to my latest concoction. I've returned once again to the recipe making use of my sourdough starter and a pudding mix. Past versions have included oreo pudding and oreo bits, coconut cream pudding with macadamia nuts and white chocolate chips, and butterscotch pudding with dried apples. I can't help myself--it's the quickest and easiest way to use a fed Eb and it offers so much in the way of possible combinations.

Me like macadamias.
This time, I used some white chocolate pudding mix, macadamia nuts (even though I've already done something similar, I couldn't resist), and chocolate chips (semi-sweet, for the record, and just for the sake of those irrationally against white chocolate consumption). Soft, moist, chocolate-heavy, and with a salty crunch, this bread is everything a breakfast or even dessert loaf should be.

Whacadamia Nut (white chocolate + macadamia nut...get it?) Bread
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup milk
1 cup sourdough starter
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 (3.4 oz) boxes instant white chocolate pudding
1 cup chopped macadamia nuts
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325F. Grease down whatever molds you intend to use (I filled up 8 mini loaves).
In a large bowl, mix the oil, applesauce, eggs, milk, starter, vanilla, and sugar.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, pudding mix, nuts, and chips. Add this to the liquid mixture and stir thoroughly.
Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake until done. Apparently, this takes at least an hour for regular loaves, and took around 45 minutes for my mini loaves. Cool completely before slicing.

Meanwhile, if you're unfamiliar with blonde ducks, you should head on over to A Duck in Her Pond and check it out.


Every post written by Miranda (affectionately known as the Blonde Duck) is awesome--she writes amazingly creative stories and displays good eats as far as the eye can see. There's also a little interview with me.

60 comments:

George Gaston said...

Grace, you are really going too far ~ Sourdough bread and chocolate! Two of my favorites things... all you need to add now is a slice of sharp cheddar cheese and I am in paradise.

Now I just have to get your 'starter kit' and I am on my way.

Dolce said...

Love it ! Like George, I need to get my starter going...
I am a definite chocolate lover. True, white chocolate is more candy than chocolate, but hey, there is cacao butter in there so technically it's still chocolate, and your praise suits me fine!!

kat said...

I can't help it I'm biased towards dark chocolate

Palidor said...

White chocolate is also a perfect complement to matcha! That bread looks great!

Antonietta said...

I also love chocolate, any way, shape, or form. This bread looks heavenly!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love macadamia nuts! That bread looks really scrumptious!

Cheers,

Rosa

Dawn said...

girl you are the bestest choco-creator-come-upeth-new-recipes!!!!!!!!!!!!

kellypea said...

Sounds like a yummy breakfast bread to me! The last time I used a pudding mix was in one of those starter breads you share with every unsuspecting, erm, friend you own and then pass it along. It makes for a VERY moist bread. Yours looks tasty and I'm with yah on getting over the whole misnomer that white chocolate is. What should we name it instead? Maybe they'll listen to us ; )

Leslie said...

I would NEVER EVER ignore white chocolate!!!

Hungry Dog said...

Nice! I would totally throw down on this, for breakfast or dessert or a snack, anytime.

Ingrid said...

Got it! Like it! Want it! :)
~ingrid

Bellini Valli said...

I say this is one amazing treat:D

Lisa-Marie said...

I should stop reading your blog, becuase it just makes me want to eat. But I won't! This looks yummy, and fairy simple to make! I might make it while we wait for the man to alue our flat of Friday, it might get us a better price!

Albany Jane said...

I love the name - so fun and playful! I love how many sweet things you make with Eb. It gives me hopes that one day I can do a sourdough starter. At the moment though, I find it difficult to remember to water house plants with any sort of regularity.

White chocolate is my absolute love. Other than that it's carob (which always gets an 'ew' from most folks).

Gloria said...

This bread look amazing Grace!! gloria

TKW said...

After an incident with exploding sourdough starter in my youth, I avoid yeast. Your bread looks great, however!

Cafe Fashionista said...

Ohmigosh I desperately want this right now! My mom has been attempting to get me to try Sourdough bread for years; I imagine I would be more than willing to if it was loaded up with chocolate! :)

Lindsey@pickyeatings said...

I happen to be a chocoholic, although I can't eat white chocolate on its own. I can eat it in other things, but milk and semi sweet chocolate are my true poison.

Mimi said...

I'm not sure about the name thing. While white chocolate doesn't have any chocolate liquor in it it does contain cocoa butter and milk solid much like milk chocolate. So it's chocolate in my book. The bread looks terrific. I now wish I hadn't given away the last of my starter.
Mimi

Pam said...

White chocolate and raspberry cheesecake sounds divine - so does your whacadamia nut bread!

Melanie said...

You are so creative. Love the whacadamia nut bread. And I too love all forms of chocolate...even the white.

Cheryl said...

I knew where that was going when I saw the photo, sounds freaking amazing!

Marjie said...

I don't eat chocolate flavored foods (like brownies), but I have rarely been known to refuse real chocolate. I believe it's part of the girl code of life that you must eat and enjoy chocolate if you aren't allergic to it.

Barbara said...

Whoa! Nothing I don't love about this bread! Chocolate, gooey and salty/crunchy. And where on earth did you find instant white chocolate pudding mix? Lord, I have GOT to start looking for something other than orange sugarless jello!
And the name is a hoot. Leave it to you!

Chocolaty Lifestyle said...

What a great recipe, looks super yummy! Thanks for sharing! :)

Pam said...

I'm with you, all chocolate is good.

Faith said...

I really love the white chocolate/macadamia combination! Add dried cherries into the mix and it's one of my favorite kinds of cookies! Everything about this bread sounds fantastic...I love a salty crunch with my chocolate (oooh, reminds me of chocolate-covered pretzels!).

lisa said...

I'm a big fan of white chocolate, and with macadamia nuts, it's perfection. Excellent name for this too!

oneordinaryday said...

Love the name! Makes me want to have a big slice right now just so I can say I ate some whacadamia bread. : )

♥peachkins♥ said...

I love a good white choco-macadamia nut cookie. bread sounds even better..

Baking Monster said...

I love the name! Thats sells it for me. and white chocolate is a prized possesion in our house hold since my mum is allergic to chocolate, white chocolate is the closest thing to it she can eat. This pudding bread looks greta, you have done it again.

Chef Fresco said...

hahah love the name :) And that bread looks so delicious! I have bookmarked it and if my fam gets lucky, I will attempt it for Turkey Day :)

5 Star Foodie said...

I love white chocolate macadamia nut combination - this bread sounds super delicious!

Danielle said...

I'm drooling and so wishing I had some sour dough starter so I could make some. Thats looks so darned good. and I just finished dinner....the kids ate all the brownies I made the other night and I have nothing...not even your Whacadamia Nut Bread. life just isn't fair!!!

ok, I'm done whining. Great interview btw :)

Lisa said...

Gotta love the name! No, I don't think anything goes with macadamia nuts like white chocolate does...though sweet potatoes might be a close second. :-) A beautiful bread and another great sourdough creation!

shaz said...

*raises hand shyly* Erm, I'm one of those who "beats up" white chocolate for eating, but I bake with it extensively, go figure :). You are so inpsiring me to try and grow my own Ed. Loved getting to know a bit more about you over at the Pond.

Btw - fantastic name for a bread, so whacky!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Hehe I'm an equal opportunity eater-will eat (almost) anything really! :P

Peter M said...

Macadamia nuts win me over too...and your ever-moist cake.

Donna-FFW said...

No such thing as bad chocolate, total agreement sister!! This sounds wonderful, I love the name of your dish and I too love Blond Duck, how did I miss your interview, clicking over now..

LilSis said...

Whacadamia Nut Bread! I love it... I prefer white chocolate over dark and macadamia nuts are my all time favorite nut so I'm sure this bread is fantastic. I don't think I could trust myself alone in the house with it. :-)

Great interview on A Duck in her Pond!

Emily said...

Wow! You are a baking genius! This bread sounds so good. I would be snacking on it all day.

Nutmeg Nanny said...

This sounds great! I'm with you on chocolate. It's all good :)

pigpigscorner said...

I love them all and my fav is white!

noble pig said...

Oh geez, this would be heaven. White chocolate pairings are made in heaven I agree, there's nothing like em'.

nora@ffr said...

oh wow!! this sound heavenly delicious!! cant take my eyes of ye pic! yummm!!

Bridgett said...

While I am not a fan of white chocolate, I do agree that sometimes it is the best pairing. This looks and sounds like something I could easily get used to eating ;). Another great post, Grace!

Jacque said...

Mmmm, I could use a piece of that right about now, with a cup of hot tea. Nom, nom, nom... oh wait, I'm just imagining myself noshing on your eb-worthy bread. Nice work!

Mangiafagioli said...

Alright there are two things that I can't eat.
Coconut shavings I hate the texture more than anything they have to be fried at least. and white chocolate I have never had a decent white chocolate experience to me it taste like...alright not going there. But after looking at your recipe you have inspired me to give it one more shot!

Sandy said...

I love all of the chocolates mixed together!

Mail me a bite! :)

Juliana said...

Wow, this look fantastic...sourdough bread and white chocolate and macadamia...can only imagine how it tastes ;-)

WizzyTheStick said...

Finally someone 'coming out' in defense of all us lovers of white chocolate:-)

Lori said...

Oh my- I love this morsel of whacadamia. Almost like wacky acadamia- though much tastier. he he. I love this Grace!

kimberleyblue said...

This sounds so moist and sweet. A great variation from the usual macadamia and white chocolate chip cookie. I love desserts that are a little bit different from the usual.

Your tower of bread is especially delicious looking.

Deborah said...

I agree - white chocolate pairs perfectly with macadamia nuts. Now send a slice of this bread my way!!

tiffany @ the garden apartment said...

Wow, that looks delicious. The crumb is perfect! Did you make your sourdough starter? I'm curious to hear about it if you did!

Mrs. L said...

I'm also an equal opportunity eater when it comes to chocolate. Yum.

Kerstin said...

I really enjoyed your interview! I'm with you too - I'll eat any kind of chocolate. This looks great!

eatme_delicious said...

I would love a piece of this! Calling it bread makes me feel like I can eat it anytime. ;) I like all the types of chocolate including white chocolate. I think I love best when milk, dark and white are all mixed together in something like this.

Susie said...

When I read your entry about using a sour dough starter for your oreo pudding I was intrigued. Now I am doubly intrigued! I really will have to spend some quality time in the kitchen over christmas break and try some of these out.

Kristin said...

The hubs is nuts for macadmias. I'm so clever aren't I? Ah ha ha. This sounds delicious!