Toasted Walnut Fudge Bread

Toasted Walnut Fudge Bread

1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
3 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, melted and cooled
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
5 eggs
2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two 9x5-in. loaf pans.

Toast walnuts on baking sheet for 3-5 minutes or until fragrant. Cool.

Melt chocolate by microwaving on medium for 25-second intervals, stirring in between, until smooth. Cool.

Cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time. Mix in cooled chocolate.

In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt. Stir buttermilk and vanilla together. Add flour and buttermilk alternately to chocolate mixture. Stir in walnuts.

Divide batter between the two prepared pans.

Bake 55-60 minutes, or until knife inserted into center comes out clean. Cool bread in pans for 10 minutes, then remove from pans and cool on a wire rack.

Serve warm or toasted with butter, it’s like eating a warm brownie!