Chocolate and Cranberry Bread | © 2011 | | © 2011 |

This bread tastes freaking GOOD fresh right out of the oven. Chocolate and dried cranberries.. a match made in heaven. The kitchen smelled heavenly while this was baking and tasted even better with spread with a little butter. A note on the chocolate, I used 50% dark chocolate flavoured with sea salt, but it doesn’t have to be dark, simply use your favourite chocolate and you will enjoy the bread even more.

Chocolate and Cranberry Bread

adapted from Azelia's Kitchen
  • 400 g White bread flour
  • 100 g Wholemeal flour
  • 50 g Cocoa powder
  • 10 g Salt
  • 1 g Dried instant yeast
  • 370 ml Lukewarm water
  • 220 g Rye levain, 100% hydration
  • 40 g Olive oil
  • 100 g 50% Lindt dark chocolate with sea salt, chopped
  • 100 g Dried cranberries
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, add in the flours, cocoa powder, salt and dried yeast. Make a well in the center, add in water, rye levain, and olive oil. Stir together until you have a smooth dough. Cover and rest for 30 minutes at room temperature.
  2. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured work surface. Gently knead in the chopped chocolate and dried cranberries. Cover and rest at room temperature for 20 minutes. Lightly knead a few times and cover to rest for a further 20 minutes.
  3. Shape the dough into an oval and place, seam side up, into a floured proofing basket. Cover tightly and proof the dough in the fridge overnight.
  4. Preheat the oven to 220C/430F with an empty baking tray on the floor of your oven to heat up. Pour about 500 ml of hot water into the now hot baking tray. Invert the dough onto the baking tray lined with parchment paper. Score and bake for 45 minutes. | © 2011 | | © 2011 | | © 2011 |


Jeannie Tay 13/12/12 06:41

It does looked freaking good from here....and gorgeous loaf too!

Elin 13/12/12 06:55

Angie...this looks good and I am sure it taste fantastic too...chocolate and cranberry- good match :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums 13/12/12 07:33

A gorgeous bread! So festive and tempting.



OohLookBel 13/12/12 07:34

I can just imagine how good this bread would smell. And don't get me started on the taste... Actually, it looks quite easy to make, so I am going to try it even though I'm terrible with bread. Wish me luck!

Beena 13/12/12 07:46

looks delicious Angie.

Unknown 13/12/12 07:58

Hi Angie, this looks divine. Love to take a bite.

Vimitha Durai 13/12/12 08:37

Look at that gorgeously done bread. U just rock with ur bread recipes Angie

baker in disguise 13/12/12 08:39

Chocolate and cranberries .. how can it not be good?!? :) I love the little red cranberries peeking out on top!!

Paula @ Vintage Kitchen 13/12/12 09:12

Very good looking bread, so interesting Angie!

Arti 13/12/12 09:47

Chocolate bread - Yummy! I would love to pick a few slice and have them right away! Wonderful presentation, definitely enhances the overall gourmet experience :)

ann low 13/12/12 11:00

Another beautiful healthy bread as always :) Please share with me...

Mich - Piece of Cake 13/12/12 11:27

The cranberry looks so gorgeous on this bread! Love the contrast of colours and flavours. What is Rye levain?

Caroline Taylor 13/12/12 12:13

This is beautiful, it sounds like it would be amazingly tasty too. Would love to try this!

kitchen flavours 13/12/12 12:26

I would definitely love, love this bread! Looks awesome!

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen 13/12/12 12:38

You are so right. Chocolate and cranberries are a match made in heaven. And you bread looks heavenly delicious.

Priya Suresh 13/12/12 12:44

Mindblowing bread, wish i get a loaf.

Belinda @zomppa 13/12/12 12:55

Sweet and tart - a perfect combination!

Kitcheninspirations 13/12/12 13:29

I can totally wake up to the aroma of this gorgeous bread baking on Christmas morning.

Finla 13/12/12 13:45

Wow what a lovely and delicious idea with cranberries.

Unknown 13/12/12 13:54

Chocolate cranberry bread.... who knew it was my favorite!! YUM!! Looks incredible, Angie!

Sangeetha M 13/12/12 13:58

It's my long time wish to try this combo-chocolate/cranberry..,bread looks so it!!

Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine 13/12/12 14:13

Very festive love the color and combination

Ana Regalado 13/12/12 14:28

Another gorgeously delicious bread , Angie ! Love the flavor and color combination :)

great-secret-of-life 13/12/12 15:43

Angie, So yummy bread! I love this combination in any form!

Sweet Posy Dreams 13/12/12 15:59

Chocolate bread - how yummy! And the cranberries make it so festive.

Susan 13/12/12 16:56

You had me at chocolate...and cranberry! What a wonderful, festive bread and so perfect for this holiday. I can just imagine French toast made with it:-D

Pam 13/12/12 17:05

It looks pretty and tasty!

Asmita 13/12/12 17:27

What a gorgeous bread! Looks incredible!

Lora 13/12/12 17:50

Wow what a perfectly gorgeous holiday bread!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 13/12/12 19:04

Gorgeous bread befitting the holidays, Angie! I'm loving the combination of chocolate and cranberry.

Peggy G. 13/12/12 20:24

This bread is absolutely stunning! Almost too pretty to eat =)

Evelyne CulturEatz 13/12/12 21:05

A chocolate festive bread, looks amazing.

Anonymous 13/12/12 21:17

I like the dark chocolate too. The combination of chocolate and cranberries is perfect! I can imagine it straight out of the oven...yummy!

Jennifer Kendall 13/12/12 23:20

oh my gosh! this sounds like the perfect bread for Christmas day!

Unknown 14/12/12 00:35

This is so...... pretty Angie and sounds just fabulous! As usual your photos are spectacular!!

Sue 14/12/12 01:06

Your bread is GORGEOUS and sounds amazing!

kale 14/12/12 03:22

this looks amazing! i love chocolate with tart, and my husband NEEDS bread. i think this is the perfect recipe for us!

Debra Eliotseats 14/12/12 03:41

I would love a warm slice right now. That is a beautiful bread, Angie.

Claudia 14/12/12 03:43

Oh wow! How beautiful! And then you added those cranberries. Wow! Wow! Wow!

Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness 14/12/12 05:09

Yummy looking bread. Chocolate and cranberries sounds like a great combination.

Swathi 14/12/12 06:12

This one of beautiful bread angie i love them.

wakanetwork 14/12/12 07:31

Breakfast will be complete with this cranberry bread. Perfect with hot coffee and chocolate.

Veronica Miller 14/12/12 07:52

Now that is a loaf of awesome right there. Wow, chocolate and cranberries in a yeast bread, love it!

MunatyCooking 14/12/12 13:32

Gorgeous! And you know that I'll be running to the kitchen to make it :)

Mary Bergfeld 14/12/12 15:36

What a treat, Angie. This really looks delicious. The combination sounds delicious. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

Honey Bee Sweets 14/12/12 16:06

Another wonderful and healthy bread! I definitely believe you when you said it taste freaking good, haha! Chocolate and cranberries, indeed a good combo. :) very festive recipe too! Btw, can I replace the rye hydration with normal rye flour? Thanks Angie!

mjskit 14/12/12 18:39

You are SO right about chocolate and cranberries! This bread is a MUST make! Thank you for sharing the recipe and the gorgeous pictures! I can smell it, now I just need to taste it! :)

Nancy 14/12/12 23:02

Yes I agree that chocolate and cranberries are a match made in heaven. I must try this bread. It not only looks gorgeous but delicious too.

Norma Chang 15/12/12 00:24

Chocolate and cranberries, that's an addictive combination.

Ilke 15/12/12 02:43

Hmm.. how about make a sandwich with Nutella in between? :))
Have a good weekend :)

Sokehah cheah 15/12/12 09:05

Wow, this looks so Christmasy!

Kit @ i-lostinausten 15/12/12 11:13

Wow! This bread look so gorgeous & festive ! Never tried chocolate & cranberry before but this sounds & looks yummy! :)

Helene Dsouza 15/12/12 11:16

Oh nice one, I never thought of combining chocolate and cranberry to turn them into such a bread. But then by now I know that you always come up with some very interessting and inspiring recipes. Thank you for sharing Angie!

Joanne 15/12/12 13:28

I am so happy I have dried cranberries on hand! Totally making some PB+J's with this!

Unknown 15/12/12 17:01

Chocolate and cranberries in a beautiful bread, looks just perfect for a holiday baking project;-)

motherrimmy 15/12/12 18:11

I like the dark chocolate. I think it would add a depth of flavor to this bread. Besides it's reported to be good for our healthy too, right? This loaf looks perfect for the holidays!

chow and chatter 15/12/12 19:28

wow love this perfect christmas treat

Viviane Bauquet Farre 15/12/12 21:46

Gorgeous, Angie. An interesting grey-area between bread and cake, savory and sweet. Certainly, a very welcome change to the usual holiday fare. Always a pleasure...!

lena 16/12/12 02:29

angie, one of the most gorgeous bread i've seen! i wish i can bake like you!

Parsley Sage 16/12/12 16:07

Ohmigosh, Angie! This bread is spectacular!

Gloria Baker 16/12/12 16:09

oh ANgie this bread look stunning and delicious!!xo

Kathy 16/12/12 16:18

I am baking one of these as soon as possible….looks fantastic, Angie!

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking 16/12/12 16:50

This is a great looking bread, Angie. Wonderful holiday recipe, thanks for sharing!

Felix Lee 16/12/12 18:11

I like chocolate and I like cranberry, but I don't think I've had them together in a bread before. This looks great and is worth a try!

Vicki Bensinger 16/12/12 18:21

This bread is beautiful! I can see the moisture in it. I bet this would be pretty as a wreath as well. Nice recipe

Ivy 16/12/12 20:38

wwWow what a beautiful bread!

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake 16/12/12 21:40

Angie, besides being just beautiful, your loaf full of cranberries must taste incredible!!!

Cass @foodmyfriend 16/12/12 22:22

Your bread making skills are amazing Angie. Such a beautiful loaf. love this mix too. Would have been awesome for my Aussie Thanksgiving!

Heidi @ Food Doodles 16/12/12 22:49

Gorgeous bread! I love the idea of a chocolate bread but I've never tried it. Must try it soon! :D

The Squishy Monster 16/12/12 23:45

Great the look of the bright berries studding such a dark loaf =)

Barbara 17/12/12 03:09

You are the BEST bread-maker! I love the combo of cranberries and chocolate. This is a winner, Angie!

Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies 17/12/12 03:19

Ooh, I can totally imagine how good your kitchen smelled while this was baking. And it is beautiful too!

Alida 17/12/12 14:00

I love the colour of this bread. So nice with cranberries!

Tricia @ saving room for dessert 17/12/12 18:20

I saw a loaf of chocolate cranberry bread at our local grocery store this weekend. They don't have nothing on you! Your bread looks great - and it is speaking to me. Hot from the oven - freaking good is probably a great description.

Anonymous 17/12/12 18:33

I agree: chocolate with dried cranberries: a match made in heaven! Yes, Angie!

You nailed it just right! The bread & interior looks very appetizing & ooh so lovely too! Waw, even!

Rachana 17/12/12 23:21

A gorgeous bread! Love the combination of flavours.

Sian 17/12/12 23:44

Hi, thanks for this - have made a similar loaf - but with dried cherries, and less sophisticated with the flours but... very nice outcome


Caroline 18/12/12 13:43

This sounds wonderful for an upcoming party I am hosting. Thank you for sharing and giving such great direction.

Amelia 18/12/12 15:08

Hi Angie, excellent bread. Love the combination and texture of the bread look so good.

Have a wonderful week ahead,regards.

Terra 19/12/12 05:47

You made me giggle, I love how you say this bread was FREAKING good! That is my favorite way to describe things:-) Well honestly that bread really does look freaking good, and perfect for this time of the year:-) Hugs, Terra

Alice 19/12/12 17:41

OMG! That looks so good! Chocolate and cranberries! Who can resist?

rita cooks italian 20/12/12 12:11

Cranberries and chocolate a combination made in heaven, you are right Angie!! Perfect with a little bit of salted butter (I quite like Lupark)on top!

Stephanie @ henry happened 20/12/12 13:40

I'm gonna dream about this tonight! It looks amazing!

Unknown 26/12/12 10:03

Wow Angie!! Chocolate and cranberries-heavenly combination!! Great snaps ! I would love it if you would visit my blog too at -

Bread and Companatico 27/12/12 21:22

you totally got me on chocolate leaven bread, you know that! and look at those ears!!!! wow! what a gorgeous loaf!!! buon anno cara!

Miss Meat and Potatoes 6/1/13 16:25

I just ate the entire loaf in my mind. Never before have I seen such a gorgeous holiday bread. Bookmarked for next year (or for when a wicked chocolate craving strikes!)


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