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Chocolate Swirl Bread

chocolate swirl bread baked loaf on kitchen counter with spoonful of nutella

Chocolate Swirl Bread is an impressive homemade bread that is actually easy to make. The chocolate filling is layered into the dough then rolled up tightly into a log. A few simple steps let you twist and braid the dough into a swirled mix of dough and chocolate.

I found this Chocolate Swirl Bread recipe among the pages of Woman’s Day, January 2014. My mom gave me the magazine to read on a flight so I found myself miles above the ground just thinking about how to make this bread once we landed.  

I was drawn to this bread because it can be a breakfast treat just as it is or dressed up as a chocolate french toast…or…if you can save it until dessert, it would be fabulous in a chocolate bread pudding.

As I said already, can you go wrong with chocolate in a bread? Nope! Don’t be intimidated by the process of making a yeast bread. There is surprisingly little hands-on time and the steps are basic. I simplified the recipe by skipping the preparation of the chocolate filling and starting with a store-bought chocolate spread: more specifically Trader Joe’s Cocoa Almond Spread. (Thanks, Annette, for this treat!! Only a few weeks to wait until Trader Joe’s opens here in Denver!) Click here for the original recipe.

I’ll share the dough recipe ingredients below and will include my substitution of the chocolate spread (think Nutella, Hershey’s chocolate spread or Trader Joe’s cocoa almond spread) for the chocolate filling.

A baking group is indulging in CHOCOLATE this month, won’t you join us? We are baking with chocolate, cocoa powder, chocolate spreads and more. Y

ou simply can’t go wrong when you add chocolate to your breads. Quick breads, muffins, pastries, loaves– any way you bake breads, we encourage you to do so this February and share your experience in the comments below. 

chocolate swirl slice of bread on parchment paper
Yield: 12 slices

Chocolate Swirl Bread

Chocolate Swirl Bread

Chocolate Swirl Bread is an impressive homemade bread that is actually easy to make.



  • 2 1/2 -3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast (one packet)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 granulated sugar
  • 1/4 whole milk (I used 2%)
  • 1/4 cup butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs


  1. Please click through here to see full recipe on Woman's Day. Please note that I used the chocolate spread instead of preparing the chocolate filling in the recipe.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g

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Felice/All That's Left Are The Crumbs

Monday 10th of February 2014

I am loving the theme this month, and your bread looks fantastic. I'd have to make two so I could enjoy eating one and use the other in a bread pudding.

Julie @ This Gal Cooks

Sunday 9th of February 2014

What a lovely loaf of bread, Holly. I really like the chocolate swirls. There is a cinnamon swirl bread that I want to try in the Cooks Illustrated Baking Book. Seriously, your bread looks as good as the photo in their cookbook! Pinned!


Sunday 9th of February 2014

Thanks, Julie!! I love all things from Cooks Illustrated and will have to look at the issue with the cinnamon bread. SOunds great!

Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories

Thursday 6th of February 2014

Beautiful. I want some. Now. =)

Holly F

Wednesday 5th of February 2014

Thanks, Lora, it really is a pleasure to bake along with the group each month. Regarding the photo, I am trying to learn the difference between how to take a "moody" photo rather than one that is just poorly lit. I'm working on it! Thanks for your encouragement!


Tuesday 4th of February 2014

oh why why why do you live so far away??? I so would like this with coffee! Beautiful beautiful bread.

Holly F

Wednesday 5th of February 2014

We must plan to meet in the middle to share goodies! Thanks for reading, Ansh.

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