Chocolate Swirl Loaf | © 2011 | | © 2011 |

This is basically a sweet yeast bread swirled with chocolate-flavoured dough and formed into a two-toned braided loaf. It might seem to be difficult to make but it is simply a braided challah with two-toned effect.

Chocolate Swirl Loaf

inspired by Away of Mind
  • 120 ml Milk, lukewarm
  • 60 ml Water, lukewarm
  • 60 g Butter, room temperature
  • 1 Egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 50 g White sugar
  • 360 g All purpose flour
  • 7 g Instant active dry yeast
  • 2 tbsp Dark chocolate spread
  • 1 tbsp Flaxseed, ground
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine all the ingredients in the order given except the dark chocolate cream and ground flaxseed. Using a dough hook, mix everything together until a soft dough forms.
  2. Turn the dough out onto a lightly-oiled surface. Combine the dark chocolate cream with 1/3 of dough. Knead each portion for a few minutes to form two smooth and elastic balls of dough. Place two dough balls separately on two lightly greased bowls. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until double in size.
  3. After dough balls have risen, roll and stretch each dough into approximately a 10 x 6-inch / 25 x 15-cm rectangle. Place the chocolate dough on top of plain dough, then roll it out to a 12 x 8-inch / 30 x 20-cm rectangle. Cut the rectangle into half, so you have two 6 x 8-inch / 15 x 20-cm rectangles. Now stack one rectangle on top of the other and roll it out again to a 12 x 8-inch / 30 x 20-cm rectangle. Repeat the above steps twice more.
  4. Slice the rectangle into 4-6 strands, leaving one end intact, and braid the strands to form a loaf. Place it in a loaf pan lined with baking paper. Cover with the plastic wrap and allow it to rise in a warm place for 45 minutes or until it doubles in size. Preheat the oven to 175C/350F. Spray the top of the loaf with water and sprinkle the ground flaxseed over. Bake for about 30 minutes until golden brown. | © 2011 | | © 2011 |


Baker Street 7/1/12 06:40

this is really beautiful. your bread looks just perfect. thanks for sharing.

Kiran @ 7/1/12 06:53

This loaf of bread is a dream. So artistic :)

Vimitha Anand 7/1/12 06:56

That looks so beautiful and awesome... Perfectly done Angie

sangeeta 7/1/12 07:02

That is a killer loaf of bread ....has been ages I made a challah although i never made any layered one. Feeling like grabbing a slice:-)

Betty 7/1/12 07:04

Truly gorgeous loaf! I love the swirls of chocolate throughout. :)

Kathryn 7/1/12 07:29

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! That bread looks absolutely beautiful (and delicious!) I imagine it would be super tasty with some cinnamon.

Anne Regalado 7/1/12 08:07

That looks awesome ! Just love all those chocolate swirls ;)

Nish 7/1/12 08:18

The braided part looks great even before baking!
What do you suggest I use here instead of egg - banana puree, buttermilk, applesauce or flax-seed? I still can't figure out what's the job of an egg in a certain recipe!
And I suppose the ground flax-seed on top can be omitted?
Many thanks, Angie!

vianney 7/1/12 08:26

the chocolate swirls are perfect!!

Honey Bee Sweets 7/1/12 08:28

Your bakes always wow me without fail! Love the swirl and the way you plaited the dough, super nice! Gonna try it, bet my kiddos will love this, thanks Angie!

easyfoodsmith 7/1/12 08:42

Gorgeous looking bread. Bookmarked it.

Santosh Bangar 7/1/12 08:47

looking awsome and inviting

Katherine Martinelli 7/1/12 08:54

Wow, this is stunning! What a great recipe. I've made challah before but this is such a fun twist (no pun intended!).

Snooky doodle 7/1/12 10:58

this looks nice and delicious! how tempting!

Rosa's Yummy Yums 7/1/12 11:08

Splendid! That loaf looks amazing and could be exposed in the front window of any quality bakery.



A Spoonful of Yumm 7/1/12 11:29

the swirls look so beautiful & its chocolate ! yumm :D happy new year !

Aarthi 7/1/12 12:01

Looks delicious..U have made it perfectly..Yummy


Becki's Whole Life 7/1/12 12:34

This is a beautiful loaf of bread. Your pictures are great instructions, too.

Foodycat 7/1/12 12:41

That looks stunning! I really can't figure out how you braided it though. I need a detailed tutorial!

Amanda @ Thinly Sliced Cucumber 7/1/12 13:00

This looks amazing! I love that you sprinkle ground flax seed on top. It has become my favorite ingredient to add to baked goods. Gets some healthy stuff in there- even in chocolate bread!

Rosemary 7/1/12 13:58

Looks like a beautiful tiger! Your photos provide enough detail that even a yeast challenged baker like myself could be encouraged. Very, very tempting looking!

Mary 7/1/12 14:05

This is really sounds delicious. This is definitely a bread I have to try. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Lisa @ Tarte du Jour 7/1/12 14:21

What a gorgeous and clever bread! I wish I had a slice with my coffee right now!

Eva 7/1/12 14:33

My mom used to make chocolate and white braided bread and it was so delicious! I made it a few times but haven't in so many years! I bet my niece and nephew have never had chocolate bread before! Thanks for the reminder, Angie!

Angie's Recipes 7/1/12 14:34

I would go for the applesauce.

lena 7/1/12 14:50

your bakes always churned out to be so good and breathtaking!! i love that!!

Kathy 7/1/12 16:29

Oh I love the way this looks and I bet it tastes even better! I will have to put this on my bread baking agenda. Have a great weekend!

Heather @ 7/1/12 16:45

Wow! It definitely sounds delicious...but it's the beauty that I can't take my eyes off of. From the braided dough to the swirled bread- just beautiful!

Gloria 7/1/12 17:11

Angie this look delcious:)))Love the swirled bread:)

Elaine 7/1/12 17:15

OMG this is the most beautiful swirl bread I have ever seen, Angie! I just love this and shall have to try my hand at making this bread. I have not seen dark chocolate spread before or maybe I just haven't noticed it - is it like Nutella? Is there a special brand that you use?

Crunchy Creamy Sweet 7/1/12 17:29

I love it, Angie! Looks so pretty. I bet it smells divine while baking :)

Loveforfood 7/1/12 18:42

i love the colour of the bread. is superb.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 7/1/12 19:05

What a beautiful bread and I'll bet it's absolutely delicious!

Anonymous 7/1/12 19:14

Gorgeous. Love the swirl!

Jen at The Three Little Piglets 7/1/12 19:17

That's just gorgeous! I haven't had homemade bread in forever!

Vicki Bensinger 7/1/12 19:19

This is so beautiful. I grew up eating a bread like this and it does look difficult to make but I am sure the results are outstanding. I'm printing this off and plan to surprise my mom with a homemade version of what she use to bring home. Great tutorial on it. Thank you for sharing and Happy New Year!

Belinda @zomppa 7/1/12 21:35

This is one beautiful loaf! I am dreaming.

Fimère 7/1/12 22:23

trop gourmand, j'adore
bonne soirée

Torviewtoronto 7/1/12 22:42

delicious looking rolls looks wonderful

Jill | Dulce Dough 7/1/12 23:39

I love all the swirls! Thanks for the instructions on how to do this! So cool!

Veronica's Kitchen 8/1/12 00:45

I have seen other way to make this my rolling it but I think braiding make the bread looks much more prettier!

Eileen 8/1/12 01:21

A new twist to sweet bread - (no pun intended)lol It looks perfect!!!

Reeni 8/1/12 01:28

You make it look so easy Angie! This is better than what you can buy at the bakery! When are you going to open up your own? You make the best baked goods!

Katy ~ 8/1/12 02:36

This is BEAUTIFUL! I would be so proud if I could make this and serve it to my family. I am sure it is as delicious as it is beautiful.

Victor 8/1/12 02:49

Angie, you show quite a lot of techniques for this bread. I love it. So beautiful.

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook 8/1/12 03:19

Gorgeous swirls, I don't think I've seen a prettier or more delicious looking loaf. Absolutely fantastic, Angie!

Juliana 8/1/12 05:05

So pretty your chocolate swirl how you braided it. Beautiful, and thanks for the step-by-step pictures.
Hope you are having a wonderful weekend Angie :-)

Cake Duchess 8/1/12 05:07

Gorgeous bread Angie. I saw a similar bread recently and have been wanting to bake it. Now I want to try your pretty braided version. I wish I had some for breakfast tomorrow. xo

Junia 8/1/12 06:20

oh my goodness angie.... this bread is divine. the dark chocolate spread and the marble swirls and the braided bread! seriously, bakery perfect!!

Marguerite 8/1/12 06:32

What a beautiful loaf of bread! It looks divine and I love the flax on top, too. Thanks for the great recipe! Happy New Year!

Hotly Spiced 8/1/12 08:20

What a beautiful loaf and who doesn't like chocolate woven through their bread. Seems very French.

Yesim 8/1/12 12:33

woow it looks great.. and i love the posts which show the steps to cook..

JasmyneTea 8/1/12 12:57

Gosh you have mad baking skills. Jealous! This looks so good :)

Anonymous 8/1/12 13:25

Just too beautiful for words Angie.
:-) Mandy

Elisabeth 8/1/12 15:22

Absolutely gorgeous braided loaf, Angie! I would manage my WW points just to be able to have a slice...or two with my morning coffee.Once you get the hang of how to braid it, I imagine it shouldn't be too difficult to make!
What a great way to start the New Year off!

Cathy at Wives with Knives 8/1/12 15:30

Oh, Angie, what a gorgeous bread. My New Year's resolution is to bake more bread so I become more comfortable with yeast doughs. This recipe is definitely on my list.

Cheah 8/1/12 15:51

This is just loverly, Angie. Fantastic braid .... I can never make it.

Only Fish Recipes 8/1/12 16:40

wow....bread looks so delicious....drooling over the pics :-)

Marco 8/1/12 16:58

Also it's said in many comments before: It looks awesome - nevertheless I'm sure it's delicious :-)

Mother Rimmy 8/1/12 17:11

You're right, it does seem like it would be difficult to make, but so worth the effort!

Anonymous 8/1/12 18:00

oh my... you are such an artist with those cake braids. amazing pictures and great tutorial collage.

Joy 8/1/12 18:57

The bread looks just lovely.

Bizzy B. Bakes 8/1/12 19:19

I was wondering how you got the swirls so perfect. It is all in the braiding. It certainly produces a beautiful loaf.

Lizzy Do 8/1/12 20:16

Beautiful bread! Thanks for showing us how to braid it so nicely!

LoLy 8/1/12 20:31

WOoooooooooooooooooooOW, I love it, it looks soo delicious, I am Happy to follow you and I am New in the blog :D I would be happy to have few more followers if you dont mind :D

Liren 8/1/12 22:23

You make it look so easy! And so beautiful :)

Shabitha Karthikeyan 8/1/12 23:51

Braided Chocolate Bread looks so good..Love the way you have made !!

Julia 8/1/12 23:59

Stunning braided bread!

Jenn 9/1/12 00:36

Absolutely gorgeous! And I bet it tasted even better!

edith 9/1/12 01:00

Angie, that swirls is really pretty!

peachkins 9/1/12 01:26

Thta is one cute loaf of bread,Angie!

Lora 9/1/12 03:02

ooh so beautiful. I mae cupcakes like this once but I love the bread. Wow!

kankana 9/1/12 05:02

You have shown the swirl so nicely ... it looks so doable!I bet it taste amazing as it looks amazing!

Nammi 9/1/12 07:56

happy new year!!, that bread is a must try, looks very pretty

Priya 9/1/12 11:12

Stunning and great looking fabulous loaf..

What's Baking?? 9/1/12 14:21

A very nice loaf indeed! the swirls are perfect!

Carolyn 9/1/12 14:50

Wow, that is gorgeous, simply gorgeous.

Deeps @ Naughty Curry 9/1/12 17:05

wow, gorgepics! love that marbled effect...

Anonymous 9/1/12 17:29

This loaf is beautiful. I love your pictures of the process too. Braiding dough is one of my favorite things! I just love how it feels...much better than braiding hair!

A Brown Table 9/1/12 19:25

The swirls in the bread look absolutely divine! Great job.

Tricia @ saving room for dessert 9/1/12 19:55

Alright Angie - I gasped when I saw this bread. You are amazingly talented. I need a warm loaf of this bread! Thanks so much

Lenia 9/1/12 20:14

It looks delicious!Happy new year,dear!Kisses from Greece!

Catherine 9/1/12 20:35

Dear Angie, How nice to have this for breakfast, warm with butter. Blessings, Catherine xo

FOODESSA 9/1/12 20:56

I would truly love to make this one day. Thanks for this tutorial Angie.
I'll take your word that it's simpler than it looks ;o)

Have a great week and flavourful wishes,

Katie@Cozydelicious 10/1/12 03:04

Hmmm, this recipe looks a lot like my grandmother's chocolate babka recipe. If it tastes anything like hers, I am sure it is wonderful!

Rosita Vargas 10/1/12 03:18

Wooow Angie luce maravillo y tentador me llevo un trozo para el té,abrazos hugs,hugs.

Claudia 10/1/12 03:26

I am going "chocolate-less" for a few weeks. This is not helping me, Angie.

Tiffany 10/1/12 03:35

That loaf is truly a work of art!

Monet 10/1/12 04:30

Another stunning creation! Thank you for the lovely post. After a very stressful day, I'm finally sitting down to tea, and it is so relaxing to see these delicious swirls and read your words. I hope you are having a blessed start to your new year. Much love from Austin!

Nish 10/1/12 04:59

Thanks for the reply & for dropping by my space, Angie! :) :)

Anonymous 10/1/12 05:42

Oh, my! This is simply spectacular! First you stack it and then you BRAID? ...incredible! I bet it tastes as amazing as it looks!

S.V. 10/1/12 06:10

That looks amazing.... seriously I can't believe how pretty that loaf of bread is I am floored! I bet it taste fantastic!

Joanne 10/1/12 13:47

Oh wow how beautiful is THIS!

Katerina 10/1/12 15:56

This is the right bread for me! Sweet and chocolatey!

Hornsfan 10/1/12 16:54

So pretty Angie! You're quite the artist with your food and photos :)

Barbara 10/1/12 19:19

I'm determined to make more bread this winter and this one is a great way to start. Your loaf is gorgeous, Angie, and I bet it smelled divine while cooking!

lisa is cooking 10/1/12 20:37

The braided pieces are so pretty in the loaf pan! The chocolate dough swirled into the finished bread must be delicious.

Peggy 10/1/12 21:50

What a beautiful loaf of bread!

Anonymous 10/1/12 21:57

So gorgeous, Angie!! I'm very impressed, this bread looks fantastic. Lovely photos, as always. :)

Cucina49 10/1/12 22:00

Oh my gosh, a two-toned challah-type bread. Amazing!

Pacheco Patty 11/1/12 01:25

This loaf of bread is on my to-make list! Beautiful job Angie, I can imagine how delicious it tasted;-)

Stefanie 11/1/12 02:59

Beautiful bread! Chocolate added to bread is always great! :)

Barbara Bakes 11/1/12 17:15

This looks amazing! Makes me want to get in the kitchen and get baking.

grace 11/1/12 18:12

this is so very pretty, angie! i appreciate the tutorial in making it, which i fully intend to do...someday. :)

tasteofbeirut 11/1/12 19:29

I love the intricacies of this loaf! I would make it any time using that technique; how about next week!

Cinnamon and Thyme 12/1/12 09:00

Did someone say chocolate? :) Looks delicious, perfect for breakfast!

sally 12/1/12 15:19

Beautiful! I'm glad to hear that it is not difficult to make as well.

Angie's Recipes 12/1/12 15:53

Very much like Nutella, but it's much darker as it's pure chocolate spread while Nutella mixed with hazelnuts and (cream too?) You can use cocoa powder mixed a bit of water.

Magic of Spice 12/1/12 18:29

Angie, this is one seriously beautiful loaf!

Adie Andrews 13/1/12 10:08

Oh this looks great with that chocolate and the colourful result at the end. For me the most interesting part is the way you twine it.
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Amy 14/1/12 03:02

This bread looks beautiful!

Kim Bee 15/1/12 07:47

This is absolutely stunning.I am in awe!

Ah Tze 28/1/12 10:17

Angie, love your pretty bread swirl!! you are using dark chocolate spread, I should try it next time too! Thanks for the mentioned :)

michael 8/2/12 11:40

this looks amazing! and the up side is that it looks like I can actually make it :)

Majana 17/2/12 22:30

It is so delicious! Thank you for the recipe.Greetings.

margot 18/2/12 14:23

thank you

atina 18/2/12 15:58

I baked this bread , and I have to say – it’s so delicious. Not so sweet not so chocolate and very easy to make. Thank you very much for this recipe.

Jolanta Szyndlarewicz 18/2/12 19:01

It`s very good recipes:). Bread is excellent and long fresh. Thank you. Jolanta Szyndlarewicz

li 14/4/12 14:43

Thanks for the recipe & the step by step photo instructions. I tried this recipe it was delicious. I saw a website with various swirl bread design but the recipes do not include pictures how to shape it. I really appreciate your helpful instructions.

Trader Joes Recipes 23/5/12 21:21

Amazing! Not only is it beautiful with the swirl but so incredibly tempting and sinful. I love it.

metabolic balance 16/7/12 09:46

It looks gorgeous, thanks for that recipe!

Anonymous 31/8/12 10:05

All the resipes you have in this site are amazing!!!And this bread looks perfect...I'm sure that my children will love it.
Thank you ..... ... a fan from Greece...

Anonymous 30/6/14 04:58

Hii this looks great, but I have a question. Is ground flaxseed optional? Please reply as soon as possible thanks :)

Angie Schneider 30/6/14 05:40

@Anonymous Ground flaxseed is just for the topping, use other seeds, like sesame, instead, or simply omit it.


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