For this post, 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 then another.
And perhaps one more slice. Just because.
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: 10-15 minutes
Rise time: None
Cook time: 55 to 60 minutes
Total time: Approximately 1 Hour 5 minutes to 1 Hour 15 minutes
Here’s what you’ll need to make the bread:
- 180 Grams (1 ½ Cups) All-Purpose Flour
- 2 Grams (½ Teaspoon) Baking Powder
- 2 Grams (½ Teaspoon) Baking Soda
- 6 Grams (½ Teaspoon) Salt
- 50 Grams (½ cup) Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 200 Grams (1 Cup) White Granulated Sugar
- 113 Grams (½ Cup or 1 Stick) Butter, Softened
- 2 Large Eggs
- 225 Grams (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:
- 180 Grams (1 1⁄2 Cups) Powdered Sugar
- 3 Grams (1/8 Teaspoon) Salt
- 4 Grams (1 Teaspoon) Vanilla Extract
- 42 Grams (3 Tablespoons) Butter
- 59 Grams (1/4 Cup) Water
- 100 Grams (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 (176 degrees Celsius) 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.
Just the Basics
Chocolate Bread with Marshmallow Glaze
- 180 Grams All-Purpose Flour (1 1/2 Cups)
- 2 Grams Baking Powder (1/2 Teaspoon)
- 2 Grams Baking Soda (1/2 Teaspoon)
- 6 Grams Salt (1/2 Teaspoon)
- 50 Grams Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (1/2 Cup)
- 200 Grams White Granulated Sugar (1 Cup)
- 113 Grams Butter (1/2 Cup or 1 Stick)
- 225 Grams Buttermilk (1 Cup)
- 2 Large Eggs
- 180 Grams Powdered Sugar – Confectioner's Sugar (1 1/2 Cups)
- 3 Grams Salt (1/8 Teaspoon)
- 4 Grams Vanilla Extract (1 Teaspoon)
- 42 Grams Butter (3 Tablespoons)
- 59 Grams Water (1/4 Cup)
- 100 Grams Marshmallows (2 Cups)
- 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.
- Pour the batter into a lightly greased 9-inch by 5-inch bread pan
- Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit (176° Celsius) and cook for 55 to 60 minutes.
- Let bread cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Then, turn out bread onto wire rack and allow it to cool completely.
- 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.
- Whisk the marshmallows in with the powder sugar mixture until all the lumps are gone.
- Drizzle the marshmallow glaze over your bread.
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 taste like magic, but it will also turn into a mess.
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.