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Once again, I’m waiting until the last day of the month to post. But before you waggle your finger at me and blame it on procrastination, keep in mind that I had not one, but TWO failed recipes this month.
I had originally tried a red colored bread that had cream cheese swirled throughout. The red came from sugared beets, and I assumed that the bread would be sweet since it had cream cheese at well.
Nope. It was a weirdly savory bread that turned my stomach, and it looked awful.
The second recipe I tried was much sweeter than the first. I tried a red velvet bread (also with cream cheese swirled into it). I thought I couldn’t go wrong with a red velvet bread.
But of course I did.
It didn’t taste bad, but I messed up with the red food coloring. The bread was mostly brown with just the faintest hint of pink. Additionally, the cream cheese swirl just tasted off. I’m not sure if the cream cheese was bad or if the recipe just didn’t do a good job at sweetening it, but it lent a strange flavor that ruined the bread for me.
For this month, I really really wanted a good recipe. I wanted something that I could technically make for my husband on Valentine’s day, or any other special day.
Then I tried this chocolate bread, and oh my.
It was decadent and rich, like a brownie or a cake. But it still had the delightful texture of bread. The marshmallow glaze gave it an extra sweetness that just put it over the top.
I know I’m trying to watch my weight, but I couldn’t help myself with this bread. I couldn’t stop at just one slice. I had to have another.
And I washed it all down with a cold glass of milk.
This quick bread is the perfect treat when you crave chocolate and marshmallows. It comes together easily, so even beginning bakers should have a fun time making it.
Prep time: 15-20 minutes
Rise time: None
Cook time: 55-60 minutes
Total time: Approximately 1 Hour 20 minutes to 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Here’s what you’ll need to make the bread:
- 1 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 cup Unsweetened Cocoa
- 1 Cup White Granulated Sugar
- 1/2 Cup (1 Stick) Butter, Softened
- 2 Large Eggs
- 1 Cup Buttermilk*
*If you don’t have buttermilk, you can substitute for sour milk. Add one tablespoon lemon juice to one cup milk and allow it to sit for 5 minutes to sour.
Although the chocolate bread is great on its own, I absolutely love this marshmallow glaze. Here’s what you’ll need for the glaze:
- 1 1⁄2 Cups Powdered Sugar
- 1/8 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 3 Tablespoons Butter
- 1/4 Cup Water
- 2 Cups Marshmallows*
*You can use mini marshmallows or large marshmallows. They both melt just fine.
This recipe doesn’t require anything particularly fancy to make. You will want to have these essentials:
- Small and Large Mixing Bowls
- Wooden Mixing Spoon
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- Hand Mixer
- One 9-inch by 5-inch pan
- Cooling Rack
The hand mixer isn’t absolutely necessary either. You can mix it by hand if you wish. You’ll just have to mix things together for a few minutes longer.
Ready to make some sweet chocolate bread?
Start by mixing the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder in a large bowl and set aside.
Cream together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
Stir in eggs one at a time until creamy.
Slowly stir the wet ingredients in with the dry. I alternated between adding about half of the sugar mixture and half the buttermilk.
Once everything has been well-incorporated, pour the batter into a lightly greased 9-inch by 5-inch bread pan. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and cook for 55 to 60 minutes. Insert a toothpick, and if it comes out clean, it’s done.
Let bread cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
Turn out bread onto wire rack and allow it to cool completely.
Feel free to enjoy your chocolate bread. It’s delicious as it is right now.
However, if you want to take your chocolate bread experience to a higher level, it’s time to make the marshmallow glaze.
Mix the powdered sugar, salt, and vanilla together in a small bowl and set aside.
In a pan on medium heat, melt butter and water together. Stir in marshmallows and allow them to melt completely.
Keep in mind that you should stir continuously to avoid burning the marshmallows.
Whisk the marshmallows in with the powder sugar mixture until all the lumps are gone.
Drizzle the marshmallow glaze over your bread. Feel free to go light as just a fun decoration or dump it all on there and go nuts. My daughter thought it would be nice to add some chocolate chips on top (she was right).
Enjoy your drizzly delicacy.
Secrets to Success
This bread is simple enough that you don’t have to worry much about the end result. If you can stir things together, you can make this bread.
However, if you are a fan of making your bread look pretty, I do have one minor suggestion: let it cool.
If your bread is warm at all, the marshmallow glaze will melt all over the bread and ooze right off the sides (like in the picture above). It will still
Want to make special designs or patterns with the frosting? Try placing it in a piping bag and go from there.
I’m warning you right now, this chocolate quick bread is not calorie friendly, especially if you add the marshmallow glaze. It’s a sweet dessert, not a healthy day-to-day staple.
Here’s the nutritional facts for a single slice WITHOUT frosting:
Keep in mind that calories will vary depending on the size of your slices and how much marshmallow glaze you use. If you’re light with the frosting and cut thin slices, you can cut down on the calories.
Did You Try It?
I loved making this bread for my family, but I would love to hear about your experience too. Did you use all your frosting? Did you add chocolate chips? Did you keep it simple and eat just the bread without any extras?
Let me know how you did in the comments below! I’m open to any suggestions for improving the recipe as well.