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Chocolate Marble Bread

 Chocolate Marble Bread
My mother made this bread many Sundays for breakfast— and, if I was lucky, there'd be some left to savor Monday and Tuesday mornings as well! Just a whiff of this beautiful bread baking brings back treasured memories.
20 ServingsPrep: 45 min. + rising Bake: 40 min.

Ingredients

  • 7 to 7-1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine 3 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. In a
  • saucepan, heat milk and butter to 120°-130°. Add to dry
  • ingredients; beat until moistened. Add eggs, beat on low speed for
  • 30 seconds; beat on high for 3 minutes. Add enough remaining flour
  • to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about
  • 6-8 minutes. Divide dough into thirds. Knead cocoa into one-third of
  • the dough (this may take 5-6 minutes). Shape into a ball. Shape
  • remaining two-thirds dough into one ball. Place each ball in a
  • lightly greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise

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Chocolate Marble Bread (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/4 hours.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface.; cover and let
  • rest for 10 minutes. Roll white dough into a 20-in. x 10-in.
  • rectangle; repeat with chocolate dough. Place chocolate layer on top
  • of white layer.
  • Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; press edges to
  • seal seam. Cut into 20 slices; place in a greased 10-in. tube pan in
  • about three layers. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about
  • 30-40 minutes.
  • Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove
  • from pan immediately; cool on a wire rack. For glaze, combine sugar
  • and milk; drizzle over bread. Sprinkle with walnuts. Yield: 1
  • loaf.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 258 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 31 mg cholesterol, 161 mg sodium, 47 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein.