Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Loaf

December 23, 2014

This sinfully delicious and decadent Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Loaf recipe is going to be your favorite family pleaser guaranteed to put a smile on any chocolate lover’s face combining a list of homemade ingredients such as cocoa powder, dark chocolate morsels cranberries and pecans this winter. So grab a cup of your favorite hot beverage such as Hot Chocolate or Coffee and enjoy your family for a moment sharing fond memories by the fireside this winter and enjoy.

This time of year I love spending time with loved ones laughing  chatting over hot coffee and delicious treats, reminiscing about good times and funny memories about the Holidays and good times spent in the previous years Holiday we spent enjoying our family times; these memories are priceless to me and my loved ones. It’s the time of year all is forgiven — a time to clear a new path for the start of the New Year and family dreams to begin once again.

#Chocolate #Cranberry #Pecan LoafWhen I eat this delicious Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Loaf,  I silently thank Christopher Columbus for encountering the cacao bean on his fourth mission to the Americas on August 15, 1502, when he and his crew seized a large native canoe that contained cocoa beans. Christopher Columbus noticed when one of the beans would fall… the ship’s crew would act as if gold had fallen and quickly pick up the cocoa bean immediately.  Can you imagine?

Below you will find my Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Loaf recipe with a list of easily located ingredients and simple to follow instructions to start making your own family memories by the fire with your own sinfully  delicious and decadent  Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Loaf.


Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Loaf

  • 2 and 1/4 of cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 and 1/2 of teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 of teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup of whole milk
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream
  • 1 cup of olive oil
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • 1 cup of dried cranberries
  • 1 cup of chopped pecans
  • butter, to grease pans
  • extra unsweetened cocoa powder for dusting pans


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine 2 and 1/4 cups of flour, 2 cups of sugar, 3/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 and 1/2 of teaspoons baking powder, and kosher salt.  Beat in the 1 cup of whole milk, 1/2 cup of sour cream, 1 cup of olive oil, 3 beaten eggs, and vanilla at medium-low speed with an electric mixer until combined. Lightly beat in the 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate morsels, 1 cup of dried cranberries and 1 cup of chopped pecans.
  3. Butter and dust with cocoa powder two 9 by 5-inch loaf pans. Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared pans. Bake until a tester or toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes. If desired Shield the bread with aluminum foil to prevent excess browning.
  4. Let cool in the baking pans for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Remove the bread from the baking pans and cool on a bakers rack.

Chocolate Ganache topping

  • 1 cup of semi-sweet morsels
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Directions for melting chocolate

Fill double boiler bottom with water, add semi-sweet chocolate to a double boiler. If you do not have a double boiler, you can easily place a light, glass bowl set over a pot of lightly steaming water. The steam will slowly melt the semi-sweet chocolate.Try not to place the bottom of the bowl (containing the semi-sweet chocolate) in contact with the steaming or boiling water. Contact with the water will cause the bowl to grow too warm, burning the chocolate instead of melting it.

Directions for topping Chocolate loaf

Using a large metal spoon drizzle chocolate over loaf, sprinkle chopped pecans and dried cranberries over loaf, add a touch more chocolate —touch up with a few more pecans and cranberries if desired.




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  • Reply
    February 26, 2015 at 4:50 am

    Oh my gosh, I don’t have enough words to express how delicious this is. I will make this all year round as I like all ingredients incorporated here. What can I say more Heidy, you are a cooking Goddess 🙂

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      February 26, 2015 at 7:02 pm

      Thank you Peter, still have one in my freezer too— I almost forgot 🙂

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      August 21, 2016 at 12:26 am

      Thank you, Peter, I hope you enjoyed the recipe. I do however want to re-do my photo it just does not do the recipe justice.

  • Reply
    KC Kahn the Kitchen Chopper
    December 24, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Your chocolate cranberry cake looks “calorie worthy” to me. Pinning and YUMing! 🙂

  • Reply
    December 24, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    You had me at chocolate and then you went and added cranberries?? I’m in love!

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      December 25, 2014 at 5:02 pm

      Thanks Jessica! It’s delicious…will have to air mail one to you next time!

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    Culinary Flavors
    December 23, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    I love the combination of chocolate and fruits in a cake! This loaf is perfect for the coming festivities! Have a wonderful time during holidays Heidy! Lots of love and good food for you and your family!

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      December 23, 2014 at 11:45 pm

      Thanks so much Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  • Reply
    Joy @ Yesterfood
    December 23, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Oh, Heidy, this takes my breath away! What a beautiful, delicious loaf! Thank you for sharing it with us at Treasure Box Tuesday- pinned!

  • Reply
    December 23, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    This gorgeous bread is absolutely worth the splurge! Well done!

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    December 23, 2014 at 1:57 pm


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