A chocolate swirl adds a decadent twist to your usual loaf of pumpkin bread. These marbled loaves start with one basic batter that is flavored two different ways. Use a stand mixer to make the basic batter, then divide it into two bowls, and hand stir in the pumpkin and chocolate components to each bowl. This delicious recipe can be divided into eight 5 3⁄4- x 3 1⁄4-inch mini loaf pans. Bake the loaves as directed, but start testing for doneness after 25 minutes in the oven.
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
4 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup sour cream
Pumpkin Spice Batter
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa, sifted
1/4 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare the Basic Batter: Beat butter and sugars with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add eggs and egg yolks 1 at a time, beating on medium-low after each addition. Add vanilla; beat just until incorporated. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Add to butter mixture alternately with sour cream, beginning and ending with flour mixture, beating on low speed just until combined after each addition. Divide Basic Batter evenly between 2 large bowls.
Prepare the Pumpkin Spice Batter: Add flour, canned pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spice to 1 of the Basic Batter bowls; stir together until completely combined. Set aside.
Prepare the Chocolate Batter: Add cocoa, sour cream, and instant coffee granules to remaining Basic Batter bowl, and stir until smooth.
Drop large spoonfuls of the Pumpkin Spice Batter across bottom of 2 greased and floured 8- x 4-inch loaf pans. Drop large spoonfuls of the Chocolate Batter, interspersing that with the Pumpkin Spice Batter to cover the bottom of each pan. Repeat with remaining Pumpkin Spice Batter and Chocolate Batter, creating layers until all batter has been used. Swirl batters with a long pick, moving in a back-and-forth motion from one end of pan to the other.
Bake in preheated oven until a wooden pick inserted in center of each loaf comes out clean, 55 to 60 minutes. Cool in pans on a wire rack 15 minutes. Turn out onto rack to cool completely, about 45 minutes.