When I was younger instead of going to the mall like all the cool kids were doing I would hang out with my best friend and on the way over to her house we would sometimes stop by a bakery near her house. Which lucky for me was and still is a really really good Italian bakery. I even know my usual. Its half a pound of chocolate drop cookies which by the way were loaded with chocolate. It might have even been less cookie and more chocolate. The cookie was merely a vehicle for the delicious milk chocolate. Then I would also get a half a pound of seven layer cookies. They were brightly color with apricot jam in between each layer and my god were they the lightest thing ever. To this day I cannot find a lighter 7-layer cookie.
But one day I went in to get my usual and they were sampling one of their cakes. Now I'm not a big fan of getting cake at bakeries only because i don't know when it was made, cakes are the fastest thing to get dry, and even though they say its fresh they might be lying and it could have been made three days ago. I know this because 1.) everyone knows this 2.) I used to work at a bakery and would say it all the time. I know shame on me but hey I needed to be a good salesperson.
As for my friend, who worked there at the time, went in and grabbed a piece and told me it was really really good. So I trusted her and grabbed a piece. It. Was. So. Good. It was honestly life changing. It was perfectly moist, studded with chocolate chips, and tender to the touch. I asked what it was and the girl behind the counter told me it was a sour cream chocolate chip bundt cake. It was so freaking good that I even remembered having their bundt cake and it has been almost a decade ago. Life changing I tell you. LIFE. CHANGING.
For my sour cream chocolate chunk loaf, I changed a couple of things. One i use chunks not chips. They melt and who doesn't like chunks of melted chocolate. And as you can see I did not go lightly on the chunks. Actually I never go lightly and I've never received a complaint about too much chocolate. Also, I baked mine a little bit longer just to have a nice crispy golden top. I really like having different textures in my baked goods. Crispy top, warm chocolate through out, tender cake to hold everything. What could sound better than that?
Sour Cream Chocolate Chunk Loaf
Serves 8-10 people
8 tablespoons butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon of orange zest
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 ounces sour cream
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1-10 ounce package of chocolate chunks
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare your loaf pan by lining it with parchment paper and greasing it.
In a standing mixer beat together the butter, sugar, and orange zest on medium speed until light and fluffy,
Next add in your eggs one at a time until each egg in fully incorporated.
Then add in the vanilla and sour cream. Beat until well combined.
Add in the flour, baking soda, and baking powder and mix on medium low speed until most of the flour has been absorbed.
Lastly, add in the chocolate chunk and mix on low until everything is combined.
Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan and bake until the top is golden brown and the center comes out with moist crumbs. This will take about 45 - 50 minutes.