Let’s talk happy surprises.
1. BN.com told me that the books I ordered with my Christmas gift cards weren’t going to ship until the end of the month because one is on back order. Surprise! Two of the three arrived yesterday.
2. I got Dan the 5th season of Dirty Jobs on DVD for Christmas. Surprise! Not all of the jobs on the show are cringe-worthy…like the olive oil presser or walnut farmer.
3. I’ve only had one migraine since October, which is a HUGE improvement over the 2-3 per week I struggled with this summer. Surprise! I developed a sensitivity to one of my prescriptions, which I stopped taking in…October.
4. I’ve also had far fewer tension headaches. Surprise! Turns out my glasses prescription was 30% stronger than I needed (yes, 30% STRONGER), so my eyes were working over time to counteract that.
5. All of the glasses I’ve had since 4th grade have been thin-framed, designed to mask the fact that I was wearing glasses at all. Surprise! I like my new, bolder frames more.
6. I’ve never been a huge fan of oranges…until I discovered blood oranges. Surprise! Blood oranges are back in season.
I love quick breads. I love blood oranges. I love dark chocolate. Not a surprise– this bread rocks!
Though I used a blood orange in this recipe, you could also use another type of orange.
- 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup skim milk
- Zest and juice of one blood orange
- 2 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
- Preheat the oven to 375F and grease a loaf pan.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, baking powder and baking soda.
- Create a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and add the applesauce, milk, zest and orange juice. Stir until there are no dry lumps left.
- Fold in the chocolate, and pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
- Bake at 375F for 35-38 minutes, or until the edges begin to pull away from the pan and the top is browned. Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then turn the loaf out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Make Ahead and Storage
The best way to store quick breads is the same as the best way to store muffins!