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Old Fashioned Cocoa Bread

Old Fashioned Cocoa Bread is the dessert you’ve been waiting to find! It requires simple ingredients and only takes a few minutes to whip up – so, what are you waiting for? Make some today!

My Gram gave me some of her old cookbooks from when she and my Pop were first married, for which I am ever so grateful.

I particularly love old cookbooks, but inside these old books is a world of opportunities that my grandmother got to discover when she was a young mother.

Opportunities that include recipes like this delicious old fashioned cocoa bread, along with hundreds of others.

The greatest thing about these cookbooks is – the ingredients are simple, easily found and the recipes are quick and easy compared to some of the gourmet meals we create today.

And who doesn’t love simple? I know I do!

And since my family loved this Old Fashioned Cocoa Bread so much, I thought yours might, too!

So, let’s get started!

Old Fashioned Cocoa Bread Recipe - Food Life Design

Supplies/Equipment Required:


Ingredients for Old Fashioned Cocoa Bread | Ingredients: flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, cocoa, shortening, egg. 


Mixing up the Old Fashioned Cocoa Bread | Dump the flour into a sifter or wire strainer.


Adding ingredients for Old Fashioned Cocoa Bread | Add the baking powder…


More ingredients for Old Fashioned Cocoa Bread | And the salt…


Adding Cocoa for Old Fashioned Cocoa Bread | Lots of cocoa and sugar!


Milk for Old Fashioned Cocoa Bread | Pour the milk into your mixing bowl.


Pouring shortening into the milk for Old Fashioned Cocoa Bread | Add the melted shortening…


Add the eggs! | And the egg…


Whip it up | Then whip it up and slowly dump in the dry ingredients. Whip it again!


Grease your pan! | Grease your bread pan…


Slop in the batter | Slop in the batter and smooth out the top…


Top with sugar | Add a sprinkle of sugar or two…

 And bake for about an hour.

Old Fashioned Cocoa Bread Sliced - Food Life Design

Then, slice it up and cure your chocolate cravings!

Here’s the recipe:

Yield: 1 loaf

Old Fashioned Cocoa Bread

Old Fashioned Cocoa Bread
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 2 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup shortening, melted
  • Additional sugar, optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease a loaf pan with cooking spray or shortening.
  3. Place flour into a sifter or a metal strainer.
  4. Add the baking powder, salt, cocoa and sugar. Set aside.
  5. Pour the milk into a large mixing bowl, add the melted shortening and the egg. Use an electric mixer, on low speed, to combine.
  6. Sift the dry ingredients into the wet, slowly. Mix continuously.
  7. Scoop the dough into the loaf pan and smooth out the top.
  8. Sprinkle additional sugar over the top of the old fashioned cocoa bread dough, if desired.
  9. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes.
  10. Allow your Old Fashioned Cocoa Bread to cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before slicing. Serve warm with butter or strawberry jam.


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Surprise the kids with old fashioned cocoa bread for an after school treat or breakfast on the weekend. It's easy to make and your whole family will love it!

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