Five-Spice Chocolate Tea Bread sliced on a board with cups of tea on the side.

Five-Spice Chocolate Tea Bread

Have a slice of Five-Spice Chocolate Tea Bread with a cup of coffee or tea! Chinese Five Spice powder makes this chocolate bread extra special.

Five-Spice Chocolate Tea Bread sliced on a board with cups of tea on the side.
Five-Spice Chocolate Tea Bread

Have a slice of Five-Spice Chocolate Tea Bread with a cup of coffee or tea! Chinese Five Spice makes this chocolate bread extra special. This post is brought to you by Simply Organic and The Feedfeed.

The tea kettle is whistling to let us know that it’s ready. My mother-in-law is bustling around the kitchen, putting dishes away, but we need to take a break — it’s time for tea. When she visits, the kettle bubbles seemingly round the clock, and the cups of tea endless, especially when the days get long and chilly. And since her visit was perfectly timed with the leaves falling off the trees, we need something sweet to nibble with each warm sip.

Ingredients for Five-Spice Chocolate Tea Bread on a grey table.

Tea time with her is something I have grown to truly love and appreciate — it’s our time to chat, catch up, and pause. Whenever she’s in town, it always seems as though the kids are so busy and we’re running around together keeping up with their schedules, but we make time for tea. It’s our excuse to stop and find time for those pure, simple joys.

Simply Organic five spice powder with ingredients for Five Spice Chocolate Tea Bread.

Five spice powder in a teaspoon with jars in background.

Pure. Simple. Joy. Those are the words under the lids of Simply Organic spices, and as I baked this Five-Spice Chocolate Tea Bread with her, nothing could be truer. When she visits, I always have the highest hopes to plan something fun and fabulous all around San Francisco, but the truth is, it’s those simple moments at home together that bring the most joy because we can enjoy the peace together! So I was especially excited to share with her, and with you (!), that I am partnering with Simply Organic on a series of posts about the joy of cooking with organic foods, spices, and extracts.

Tops of Simply Organic spice jars.
Dry ingredients for Five spice chocolate tea bread in a glass bowl.

Five spice chocolate tea bread freshly baked in a glass loaf pan.

She mentioned that when she returns to Texas, she will be making something sweet for her bunco group’s annual holiday party, and was looking for a new treat to try. So we recipe tested together.

As I stirred the cocoa powder into the flour, I knew I wanted to give the chocolate bread a fragrant twist, and Chinese five-spice powder seemed to be a perfect choice. If you’ve never cooked with five-spice, you will love Simply Organic’s blend of cinnamon, fennel, cloves, star anise, and white pepper, not just in savory dishes, but in sweet ones like this! It really does make it extra special.

Five-spice chocolate tea bread in a loaf pan cooling on a wire rack.

A loaf of five spice chocolate tea bread on parchment paper with a knife on the side.

I did add a touch of extra cinnamon for her, since I knew how much she loves it, with some nuts and currants for extra crunch, texture, and sweetness. Each slice was autumn-kissed chocolate goodness, not too sweet, and perfect with our afternoon tea.

I just hope all her friends love it, too!

Slices of five spice chocolate tea bread on a cutting board. Cup of tea in the background.

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Simply Organic and The Feedfeed. Thank you for supporting brands that matter to me; sponsored posts such as this help behind the scenes at Kitchen Confidante. All opinions in this post are, as always, my own.

Five-Spice Chocolate Tea Bread

Have a slice of Spiced Chocolate Tea Bread with a cup of coffee or tea! Chinese Five Spice makes this chocolate bread extra special.

Five-Spice Chocolate Tea Bread sliced on a board with cups of tea on the side.
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Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword 5 spice, bread, chocolate, five spice, quickbread, tea bread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 servings
Calories 233 kcal
Author Liren Baker

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons Simply Organic five-spice powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Simply Organic cinnamon
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup currants

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F with a rack placed in the center of the oven. Prepare an 8.5 x 4.5 x 2.75-inch loaf pan by spraying with baking spray and lining with parchment paper.

  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and mix again until fully incorporated.

  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, five-spice powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.

  4. Add flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk to the creamed butter mixture, beginning and ending with flour.

  5. Stir in the pecans and currants.

  6. Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pan. Place in oven and bake for about 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Remove from loaf pan and cool completely before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Five-Spice Chocolate Tea Bread
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 233 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 168mg 7%
Potassium 206mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 33g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 18g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 3.6%
Vitamin C 0.8%
Calcium 5%
Iron 10.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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