I was salivating the entire time this chocolate marble bread was baking. I was alone thankfully, but I'm pretty sure I must have looked like Liz Lemon after her botched LASIG eye surgery (click here to watch the episode of 30 Rock I'm talking about..."I want to go to there"). The bread looks so pretty with it's swirls of chocolate and vanilla and it is really moist and tasty too! Jazz this loaf up with a chocolate ganache glaze or drizzle with white or dark chocolate. This recipe comes from "Baking with Passion" by Dan Lepard and Richard Whittington.
Chocolate Marble Bread
4 oz semi sweet or bitter sweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces
1/2 cup milk (divided)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
Preheat your oven to 325 degree Fahrenheit. Grease and flour a standard sized loaf pan.
In a bain marie (a metal bowl placed over a pot of barely simmering water), combine your chocolate and 1/4 cup of milk, stirring occasionally until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is glossy and smooth.
Using a stand or hand mixer, combine the butter and sugar, and beat until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Add the vanilla and mix in well.
In a separate bowl combine the flour, salt and baking powder. Sift to eliminate lumps.
In another bowl combine a 1/4 cup of milk with the sour cream.
In alternating additions, add the flour and milk mixture. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix again.
Remove half of the mixture and add it to the melted chocolate.
Using dessert spoon sized scoops, alternate the chocolate and vanilla batter in layers in the loaf pan. Once the pan is 3/4 of the way full use a knife to gently swirl the two batters together.
Bake for approximately 50 minutes or until the loaf springs back after being lightly pressed or a cake tester comes clean after being inserted into the middle of the loaf.
Let cool and slice. Top with Chocolate Ganache if desired.