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Can I make swirl bread with fresh fruits?

Yes. You can puree fresh fruits and substitute them for chocolate filling in the recipe above. You can spread small fruits like raspberries without pureeing.

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chocolate swirl bread machine recipe

Emine Aslan January 18, 2024
Chocolate Swirl Bread Machine Recipe

Summary: Here is delicious chocolate swirl bread flavored with cinnamon. Brighten today’s breakfast with this babka-inspired bread!

Tags: Bread machine swirl bread

Category:Sweet bread
Cook Time:2:50 minutes
Prep Time:10 minutes
Author:Emine Aslan
Calories: 491

Chocolate swirl bread is sweet bread. It is not called cake because it is not as sweet as a cake. But if you like moderate sweetness in your cakes, then this is the recipe you are looking for.

Making chocolate swirl bread takes work. However, the bread machine recipe below will make it easier for you to take over some jobs from you, especially the kneading. And when your bread machine is busy with kneading and rising dough, you will have time to prepare the chocolate sauce, thus saving time.

This chocolate swirl bread has a tender crumb thanks to egg and milk content. It goes perfectly well during breakfast alongside a cup of milk or tea. It is also a perfect treat once you have tea or coffee in the afternoon.

Tips for your bread maker:
Bread Machine Program: Dough (#6) & Bake (#11)
Delay Start Time Available: No
Color Option: No
Weight Option: No


  • For dough:
  • 1 cup warm milk

  • 2¼ teaspoons instant dry yeast

  • 4 cups all purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla

  • ¼ cup sugar

  • ¼ cup honey

  • 1 egg

  • 2 egg yolks

  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • For chocolate filling:
  • 1½ cups chocolate chips

  • ½ cup butter

  • 1/3 cup sugar

  • ¼ cup cocoa powder

  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon


  1. Open the lid of the bread machine and remove the bread pan by pulling it upward.

  2. Make sure the bread pan is clean, and both kneading paddles are in place.

  3. Add all the ingredients to make the dough to the bread pan.

  4. Put the bread pan back in the bread machine, press it down so that it clicks into its place, and close the lid.

  5. Plug the bread machine into an outlet and press the “Power” button to turn the machine on.

  6. Use the “Program” button to select program #6 for the dough cycle, and press the "Start" button to start the cycle.

  7. Your machine will let you know by making a beep sound once the dough is ready.

  8. Make the chocolate filling while the bread machine prepares the dough, preferably during the rising phase.

  9. To do so, melt the butter and chocolate chips together on very low heat, and stir them.

  10. Take the butter and chocolate chips mixture from the stove, add the remaining ingredients, and mix them very well.

  11. Once the dough is ready, place it on a floured flat surface, and roll it out with a rolling pin into a large rectangle, about 1 inch thick. Adjust the edges of the rectangle to fit the bread pan after you roll the dough.

  12. Spread the chocolate filling over it, covering the dough completely.

  13. Roll the dough into a cylinder shape. It should look like a jelly roll.

  14. Remove the kneading paddles from the bread pan, and put the dough into the bread pan.

  15. Put the bread pan back in the bread machine, press it down so that it clicks into its place, and close the lid.

  16. Press the “Power” button to turn the machine on, and select program #11 for the bake cycle using the “Program” button.

  17. Use the arrows on the screen to set the timer to 1 hour, and press the "Start" button to start baking.

  18. Your machine will let you know by making a beep sound once the chocolate swirl bread is done. Open the bread machine at this point and remove the bread pan using a pot holder.

  19. Flip the pan over and gently tap it on the counter to remove the chocolate swirl bread.

  20. Let it cool down a little bit, and then slice it.

  21. Enjoy your chocolate swirl bread!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 slice
% Daily Value
Calories per serving
62.7 grams
23.8 grams
8.3 grams
96 milligrams
337 milligrams
2.8 grams

    By changing the filling, you can use this recipe to make other loaves of swirl bread. For example, you can spread blueberry jam, applesauce, etc. instead of chocolate filling, or adapt the chocolate filling recipe to have some other flavors. For example, you can substitute cocoa powder with coffee to make a coffee filling, or add some pitted fresh sour cherries over chocolate filling, etc.


    You can store chocolate swirl bread in an airtight bag in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. You can also freeze it. To freeze chocolate swirl bread, it is better to cut it into slices so that you can thaw and reheat as many slices as you need. Put chocolate swirl bread slices in an airtight container to freeze. They feel as fresh as newly baked when you reheat them.


    You can eat chocolate swirl bread for breakfast. It matches perfectly with a cup of milk or tea. You can also serve it to your friends with tea or coffee during a gathering.