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Milk Street Bowtie Chocolate-Tahini Loaf with Cinnamon and Cayenne

Chocolate-Tahini Loaf with Cinnamon and Cayenne

One 9-inch loaf Servings
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The idea to make a quick bread with cocoa, cinnamon and cayenne pepper comes from Milk Street Facebook Community member Jennifer Polse. Lisa Kinser had the same thing in mind, but she also suggested the addition of tahini. The bitter notes of the chocolate, nuttiness of the tahini, warmth of the cinnamon and fieriness of the cayenne are wonderfully complementary flavors. A dark, shiny chocolate-tahini glaze makes this a simple quick bread elegant enough to serve as dessert.

One 9-inch loaf

Servings

163 grams (1¼ cups) all-purpose flour
42 grams (⅓ cup) plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa powder, divided
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1¼ teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, plus more for sprinkling
¾ teaspoon table salt
113 grams semisweet chocolate, chopped
3 large eggs
218 grams (1 cup) packed light brown sugar
½ cup grapeseed or other neutral oil
203 grams (¾ cup) sour cream, divided
110 grams (⅓ cup) plus 3 tablespoons tahini, divided
2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
124 grams (1 cup) powdered sugar
Ingredients
  • 163

    grams (1¼ cups) all-purpose flour

  • 42

    grams (⅓ cup) plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa powder, divided

  • 2

    teaspoons baking powder

  • ½

    teaspoon baking soda

  • teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided

  • ½

    teaspoon cayenne pepper, plus more for sprinkling

  • ¾

    teaspoon table salt

  • 113

    grams semisweet chocolate, chopped

  • 3

    large eggs

  • 218

    grams (1 cup) packed light brown sugar

  • ½

    cup grapeseed or other neutral oil

  • 203

    grams (¾ cup) sour cream, divided

  • 110

    grams (⅓ cup) plus 3 tablespoons tahini, divided

  • 2

    teaspoons vanilla extract, divided

  • 124

    grams (1 cup) powdered sugar

Directions

Chocolate-Tahini Loaf with Cinnamon and Cayenne

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Reviews
Diana L.

I made this cake a few days ago. Its a good cake. My glaze came out thick. I did not put cayenne as my kid wont eat it. Overall I give this cake 3.5 stars. I wish the glaze had something special about it.

Susan E.

Made this and it's very good but glaze didn't set, so it's very sticky and messy.

Mary H K.

I am questioning the amount of Tahini, it says 12 grams (1/3 of a cup) in the ingredient list 110 grams in the directions. when I looked it up in google I found that 1/3 of a cup is 79 grams. Please clarify. Thanks

Lynn C.

Hi Mary -

You are correct, there is a typo in the recipe. It should be 110 grams (1/3 cup) plus 3 tablespoons of tahini. In our testing on ingredient weights, we found that 330 grams equals 1 cup of tahini. Thank you for letting us know about the error and happy baking!

Best,
The Milk Street Team