Back to School with dark chocolate and vanilla mini loaves.

Holidays are over and though a part of me is missing those laid back mornings, all the pampering at parents’, never ending reading marathons, afternoons full of crafts and music and icecreams, I am equally happy to get back to a schedule.

Back to school means my mornings are a little (very) different from the ones during the vacations; setting up three alarms (each five minutes apart; please tell me I am not the only one doing this), jumping out of bed to make quick breakfasts (bye bye lazy brunches), planning and making about a 100 lunch boxes (ahem!) and finally making sure there are a variety of after school snacks ready for her to dig in when she comes back home with a rumbling tummy after a long day at school.

Most weekends, she likes us to bake together and these wholewheat dark chocolate and vanilla mini loaves are a big favourite with her. A slice after her violin class, a quick bite before she runs off to the park or a treat in the lunch box. A slice of this is perfect with a glass of cold milk and some fruit.

She enjoys all the measuring, whisking, chopping and melting. If your child is really young I would recommend getting a mezzaluna. It is double handed knife that keeps little fingers out of the way and from there you can proceed to a knife for all the chopping. I hope you have fun baking these loaves with your little one as well (Recipe at the end of the post).

So what else have we been up to these past couple of days… 

Festivals are so much more beautiful when celebrated with loved ones and post summer vacations they are also a reunion of sorts 🙂 Eid and Onam meant lots of delicious food, fun and friends.

Just before we left Delhi, mum made pav bhaji, the way only SHE can make and with that pav bhaji in mind, we treated ourselves to some homemade keema pav. Street food makes Wednesday nights better, right?

When friends come back from a vacation with kitchen toys for the little chefling and for her mum one can’t wait to “play” around with them 🙂 My kitchen toy right here is used for making rose cookies (achappam) that are traditionally made during Christmas.

After more than 2 months of vacations, Sara couldn’t wait to get back to school and neither could her dolls (she has been working on a “back to school” miniature range for them 😊). Rose cookies for the both of us (These are store bought. I am yet to try my hand at making them), a cup of coffee for me and loads of school tales from her was how we spent our first back to school afternoon.

It’s almost mid september and the temperature are still hovering between 37-40 C. We can’t wait for the pleasant days ahead…picnics on the beach, picnics in the park and picnics under the stars. Until then, board games:) Hope everyone had a lovely weekend full of icecreams. We did!

Dark chocolate and vanilla mini loaves.

Makes 2 mini loaves.


  • 125 grams unsalted butter
  • 125 grams dark chocolate
  • 125 grams dark brown sugar
  • 125 grams whole wheat flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius
  2. Grease and line two mini loaf tins (500 grams each) with baking paper.
  3. Help your child to roughly chop the dark chocolate.
  4. Melt the chocolate in small bursts in a microwave or if your child is older than in a bowl set over a pot of simmering water. Also melt the butter and allow it to cool.
  5. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and the sugar until pale and creamy. Now add the melted butter and give it a mix.
  6. Combine the flour and the baking powder and fold that in.
  7. Divide the mixture into two bowls. Stir vanilla into one and melted chocolate into the other half.
  8. Put alternate spoonfuls of the two mixtures into the two tins. Use a chopstick or a skewer to swirl the mixtures together 3-4 times to marble them.
  9. Bake for about 40 minutes until well risen and a skewer inserted into the loaves comes out clean.
  10. Leave to cool and then turn out onto a wire rack.
  11. Slice and serve.

Happy Back to School everyone!

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