Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Vintage Recipe #1 Peanutty Cocoa Bread

One of the great things about fostering vintage recipe and cooking books until I find them new loving homes, is I get to pour over their delicious ideas, copy them out and use them myself. It's like giving the books a mini test run. If I had the money and the ability of never ever putting on weight I'd bake daily and since moving it's something I've come to enjoy more as I learn more about baking to the point of even wanting to try and bake hot cross buns for Easter - but that's for another week. So my mission is to share some of these gorgeously delicious vintage recipes with you. It might not necessarily be a weekly post, just as and when I get around to baking. 

The vintage recipe numero 1 is (not overly vintage recipe) one which comes from the 1982 Hershey's Chocolate and Cocoa Cookbook which makes use of tasty tasty Reesey peanut butter chips. Please excuse the lack of photographs gracing this post - the idea of the vintage recipe posts occurred minutes after taking said loaf out of the oven - the recipe book actually found a new home this weekend so i'm glad I tried and tested this recipe before hand.

But here goes the recipe for the first;

Peanutty Cocoa Bread - makes one loaf

● 1/3 cup of softened butter (or margarine)
● 1 cup of granulated sugar
● 3 eggs
● 2¼ cup of unsifted all-purpose flour
● 1/3 of cocoa powder
● 2 teaspoons of baking powder
● 1 teaspoon of cinamon
● ½ teaspoon of baking soda
● ¾ of a cup of milk
● 1 cup of (Reese's peanut butter chips)

Start with creaming your butter (or marg) with the sugar and eggs in a large bowl. In another bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and soda and cinamon. Once mixed alternate adding the dry indegreidents with the milk into the creamed mixture.

Once well blended, stir in the peanut chips and pour the batter into a lined loaf tin. Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F for 60-65 minutes.

Until I moved to the US I was never aquainted with Reese cups, but oh my are they one of my favourite things about US food and sticking their mini cups in a loaf is just right on so many levels. If you're like me, serve it with butter (nom) - my grandmother got me into that habit.

If you'd love to see any particularly recipe but from a vintage cookbook let me know and I'll see if I have one!


  1. That looks wonderful! xxx

  2. I think vintage recipes are far more tried and tested than modern ones and the fact that they are not readily available for everyone - makes it that little bit more special to bake xxx

  3. Oh Rachael, this looks and sounds splendid! It's too bad I can't eat peanut butter anymore because I used to love Reese's peanut butter cups!
    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights
    the shop of worldly delights

  4. Oh goodness me this looks incredible! xx

  5. Yum! Can you send me some?

  6. I love baking and oh my this looks delicious. Reese's Cups are my favorite candy. I will definitely be baking this soon.

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  7. This looks so good, once again I am wishing I like peanuts!

    Jesss xo

  8. This is going right on to my list of things I need to bake!

    I LOVE Reeses Peanut buttercups, infact, I have TWO 8 packs of peanut butter cups on my desk right now, and two bags of their Reeses peanut butter cup m&m things. Isn't peanut butter and chocolate THE most genius combination ever?

  9. mmmmh, this looks so so tasty!!!

    xx, Sabinna and David
    Broken Cookies

  10. this looks delicious! I think Reeses pb cups is the BEST american chocolate in existence!

  11. Thanks everyone! Reese cups are certainly very tasty - I hope you all enjoy the rest of this vintage recipe challenge series!