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Differences {Recipe: Triple Chocolate Malt Bread}

I dropped my kids off at school today, got in the car and practically cheered. I love having my kids home, but for the past three days there has been nothing but bickering and meanness coming out of their mouths towards each other.

It’s funny how when you have kids, you have the first one and you think you have it all figured out, then you have another one and you realize, “hey… God sent me someone different!” I have four kids, as many of you know, and they are all about as different as can be. Jacob is my shy, goofy, smart, loving one. Kelly is my little mama… she is a nurturing, caring, sweet martyr. Ella beats to her own drum… she is so funny, spirited, snuggly and warmhearted. Leah is still growing into who she is going to be, but right now I would describe her as inquisitive, charming and spunky. 4 kids blended together in one family, all with completely different personalities. It’s no wonder they bicker so much. However, you know what? They have an equal number of days where they get along splendidly… best friends that can’t be separated. They want to sit by each other at dinner, sleep in the same bed, do everything together. Best buds.

Sometimes when you blend together certain ingredients, you would think it wouldn’t be good because the flavors are so different. Then you take a taste and discover that yes… as different as those ingredients are, they certainly blend well together.

This recipe for Triple Chocolate Malt Bread is kind of that way. Chocolate, malt, cinnamon…flavors that are certainly bold enough to stand on their own but blended together they create a beautiful medley of flavors that is so different, subtle and so unexpected you go back in for another bite just so your mouth can explore some more.

Recipe: Triple Chocolate Malt Quick Bread

  • 1-1/2 cups milk chocolate chips, melted
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups cinnamon applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chocolate malt powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate mini chips
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons half-and-half cream
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup chocolate malt powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt 1 cup chocolate chips; set aside to cool. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and cooled chocolate; mix well. Add applesauce and vanilla; set aside. Combine the flour, chocolate malt powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in the remaining chocolate chips.
  2. Spoon into four mini loaf pans sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks.
  3. For glaze, melt chocolate chips and butter in a small heavy saucepan; stir in cream. Remove from the heat; stir in confectioners’ sugar, chocolate malt powder, vanilla and salt. Drizzle over warm breads. Cool completely.

My Eat. Live. Be post and weigh in will be up tomorrow…totally forgot to weigh in this morning!

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  1. Mmmm…anything with chocolate usually catches my eye, but mention triple chocolate and I’m sold. Great looking recipe and pictures!

  2. I always love coming to your site and reading your posts!
    Isn’t it so interesting that kids from the same DNA are all so different! I’m scared to have #2….not that I’m pregnant or anything. Just getting to know a new little person and balance everything else is intimidating to me. And you have 4! You are wonder woman.

  3. Sounds like me and my siblings growing up! We were four as well; half the time, we couldn’t stand being in the same room as one another, but we always loved each other, and in the end, I realize now that I’m out in the real world that I’ll never have friends as good as my siblings.

  4. That chocolate drizzle really does it for me. Delicious-looking bread!

    Wish my little guy had 3 little buddies to hang out with, though I might have been driven crazy by now if that had happened ;)

  5. Well Kristin, from the moment I saw the name of this recipe there was no doubt in my mind that there would be big chances of eating the whole loaf in one sitting. The flavors sound perfect. How you handle 4 kids bickering is beyond me, when my two get at each other it is nerve wracking to say the least. When they are sweet with each other all is right in the world :) xo

  6. My family would flip if I made this for them!! Thanks for sharing Kristen!

  7. Love this post on your children. I know how it is with just one, some days are much better than others! :)

  8. Isn’t it funny how you can have kids from the same parents and they have such different personalities? I often look at my 2 boys and am amazed at how completely different they are!

  9. Wow, what a treat this bread is! I am certain I wouldn’t be able to stop at just one slice. I am always amazed at how different my two boys are. They love each other, but they definitely have their bickering moments.

  10. Hey Kristin – this looks so good & I’ll be giving it a try for sure. I just wanted to stop by and tell you how glad I am to have a contribution from you on Dessertstalking again. Welcome back! -Donalyn

  11. Hello Kristen. I discovered your blog today and I’m so excited. I love your space here and the recipes you choose to share. I will be coming back for more.
    This chocolate bread looks amazing. A chocoholic’s dream.
    By the way, your kids are so adorable!

  12. So true about the different personalities of kids. My husband and I wonder how our genes could have combined in completely different ways to create our two boys. What one is, the other is the opposite. This bread looks delicious..I love the combination of flavors.

  13. I am assuming that you will be bringing several loaves of this to Blissdom, hmmmm???? ;)

    Looks so yummy!!!

  14. We LUV malt in this house. This bread is making my mouth water. Might need to give it a try! : )

  15. Those pics are just breathtaking! I wish I could have started my morning off with a slice of that delicious-looking bread.

  16. My kids are like ying & yang…totally different, I’m amazed that it was possible to come from the same parents! But it makes things interesting and fun to say the least. Just like this dessert!


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