Cinnamon is one of my most favorite spices. I don't use it sparingly. I buy it in large containers because it doesn't last long.
So I was thrilled to see the TWD recipe choice this week, selected by Susan of Food.Baby.
Except for the raisins.
Now, I like raisins in some things, but not in my cinnamon bread, and my daughter definitely doesn't like them. Usually, I substitute currants for the raisins, but I had barely had that thought enter my mind, when my daughter spoke up, saying, ". . . and don't you dare try to sneak in currants."
So much for that.
How about chocolate chips? I inquired. That idea met with approval.
So, with nary a second thought, the raisin swirl bread became chocolate chip swirl bread.
The dough was lovely. It rose beautifully.
It was satiny smooth when rolled out. I just kept petting it.
Clearly, I was so enraptured by the dough that I forgot to show the lovely cinnamon-cocoa-chip filling before rolling. Just imagine.
I smooshed the rolled dough into the pan for rising,
brushed it with butter before placing it in the oven,
and begrudgingly, let it cool before slicing.
When the loaf was sufficiently cooled, the slicing began.
My oh my! The texture/crumb was perfect, the chocolate was gooey, and the flavor was heavenly.
And, of course, the only way to eat it is to slowly unwrap it from the top, savoring each turn of the slice. Butter helps. But it disappeared before we could toast it. Next loaf.
This bread is super easy to make. Go to Susan's blog for the recipe, or, better yet, just go ahead and buy the book. What ever you do, make this bread!
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Chocolate chips sound like a great substitution for the raisins! I must give that a try one day for my little ones.
I am kicking myself! I thought of adding chocolate chips and didn't. I won't make that mistake next time. I love how beautiful your bread is, but I also love cinnamon (and use Vietnamese full strength).
I like your sideways slice pictures just for something different. Chocolate chips or maybe chopped chocolate--oh-h-h that does sound good.
Your swirls look like a work of art! I agree with you this bread was great! Im glad you enjoyed it and the chocolate chip idea is super!
Your swirls look so beautiful! Great loaf of bread!
Love your photos! Very creative. We loved this bread.
This is a raisin bread I could love, because I'm with your daughter: don't even think about currants! It looks fantastic and I wish I had had time to make it, but I'm going crazy packing and moving. it's on my list for when I'm settled in, though.
I love the idea of chocolate chips. I must try that. I love chocolate. I also love cinnamon and most of all, I like cinnamon and chocolate. You made a winner.
I just knew someone was going to find a way to chocolate this up, I just didn't know it was going to be you this week. Love that photo of the swirl...isn't that so unique and pretty! Great job, my guys are going to get this version soon.
I wish I had added some chocolate chips, or maybe made two loaves, one with raisins and one with chocolate chips. Yours looks fabulous!
Chocolate chips! That's brilliant. Your bread looks perfect, may I please have a slice? :-)
the chocolate chips are genius..kicking myself for not thinking of it!
YUM!! Chocolate swirl bread. Sounds, and looks, delicious. Next time.
Ciao ! Your bread is wonderful ! Next time will try chocolate too !
We eat so much cinnamon bread, but I've never made it from scratch. I need to try this!
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