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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.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. + rising Bake: 40 min.
  • Makes
    1 loaf


  • 7 to 7-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts


  • 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 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 20x10-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.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 258 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 161mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • Mary
    Sep 8, 2019

    This was my mom‘s recipe and she was so proud that it got recognized. It was one of my favorite things that she made. Please enjoy it in her honor!