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Mexican Chocolate Eggnog Quick Bread

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It never fails that every holiday season my inner baker comes out to play. Let’s face it – a turkey or glazed ham are great but nothing says the holidays like a sweet treat. I started my holiday baking season by checking my fridge & pantry for holiday supplies I already purchased. I quickly honed in on handcrafted local Danzeisen Dairy eggnog and dark & flavorful Mexican chocolate that had been in my pantry for months. I then thought wouldn’t it be great if I could merge the two into a sweet and savory quick bread? I decided I wanted a slightly denser bread than normal since it would be something I would enjoy as a treat and with my coffee. The finished product has the spicy after notes of Mexican chocolate with a very subtle eggnog flavor. When I created this recipe I also decided to make it in a cake pan instead of a loaf pan since I knew I would enjoy smaller pieces of it at a time. However, you can easily cook it slightly longer and make it as a mini loaf or regular size loaf.


  •          2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  •          2 tsp baking powder
  •          1/4 tsp sea salt
  •          1/4 tsp nutmeg
  •          1/4 tsp allspice
  •          1 cup sugar
  •          2 eggs
  •          1 cup eggnog
  •          4 Chai tea bags
  •          1/2 cup melted European style Challenge butter
  •          1 tsp vanilla extract
  •          3 ounces grated Mexican Chocolate
  •          3 ounces cocoa powder


1    Preheat the oven to 350F. If using ceramic or metal, grease the bottom and the sides of a 9 by 13 inch baking cake pan.

2    Place eggnog with the Chai tea bags and Mexican chocolate in a sauce pan and bring to a very low simmer. Stir continuously. Gently simmer for an additional 10 minutes then remove from heat. Discard tea bags and cool eggnog mixture to room temperature.

3     In a mixing bowl add the flour, baking powder, salt, allspice, cocoa powder, nutmeg and sugar. Stir until combined and make a well in the middle.

4    In another bowl lightly beat the two eggs and mix them with the melted butter and vanilla extract.

5    Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ones and stir just until combined. I like to stop mixing a couple times to scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula since you don’t want to over mix.

6    Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

7    Cool slightly in the pan before removing.

8    Enjoy!

By on June 13th, 2017

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Born and raised in Arizona, Chef Anthony has worked in the restaurant business since his early teens. His family opened their first restaurant when he was 2 years old and he’s loved cooking for as long as he can remember. Chef Anthony’s family lives to cook and coming up with new creations is a family past time. In addition to learning much from his dad who is also a Chef, Anthony attended the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Culinary Management. His specialties include Mexican and Italian cuisine.

Over the course of the past few years he has found a passion for competitive cooking. Chef Anthony has won over 60 awards in several state cooking competitions winning over $30,000 in prize money. Anthony has competed in the World Food Championship for 3 years running. In 2016 Chef Anthony became the Champion in the Recipe category at the World Food Championship with a breakfast recipe that won over the judges – a homemade bacon English muffin, a caramel apple and jalapeño sausage patty, purple potato hash, and a candied sausage poached egg all topped with a brown butter habanero hollandaise.

Currently, Anthony is the owner and executive Chef of El Palacio Restaurant & Cantina and Desert Rose Catering. His culinary point of view is nothing in the kitchen goes wrong you just have to adapt. Chef Anthony is a firm believer of adapting and overcoming in life and in the kitchen. He finds it fun to teach and inspire people to cook better and get over fears of cooking new and difficult dishes.

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