Mexican Hot Chocolate Bread-#TwelveLoaves May

by cakeduchess on May 1, 2013 · 56 comments

Mexican Hot Chocolate Bread -

The scent of chocolate wafting through the kitchen on a relaxing Sunday morning. It doesn’t get much better than that. And I’m not the biggest fan of chocolate in my baking.

I know, it doesn’t seem possible.  I’ve mentioned a few times here that I tend to prefer fruit desserts…particularly apple desserts. At this juncture in my life, I am swaying slightly towards becoming a bigger fan of chocolate and baking. I thought it would be nice to just ease into a little baking with chocolate. The perfect moment to do that was with another #TwelveLoaves bread baking challenge.


It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since this bread baking group was put together last May. So many wonderful breads have been shared by our all of the very talented and creative bread bakers. The group and I decided to leave the May 2013 challenge up to everyone’s imagination…bake whatever bread (yeast or quick bread) you like! I went with a very, very chocolate theme. I saw a bread in the latest Food Network magazine and my imagination got the best of me. I was dreaming of eating hot pain au chocolat just out of the oven with my coffee. I was imagining this same scenario every morning until I finally made it happen this past weekend. It was completely and utterly delightful.


Mexican Hot Chocolate Bread -

#TwelveLoaves May: Bake any bread, yeast or quick bread, loaf or individual. This #TwelveLoaves May 2013 is all about May is all about celebrating bread and the one year anniversary of #TwelveLoaves. Do you have a favorite bread? We would love to see it.  Think luscious quick loaves, sinful scones, delightful Danishes. Any bread recipe you’d like to bake, share it with us!  Let’s get baking!

You must see what our very talented #TwelveLoaves bakers have created May!


Mexican Hot Chocolate Bread-

Look at what we’ve baked this past year!

May theme: Focaccia
June theme: Corn Rolls
July theme: Challah
August theme: Summer Fruit
September: Say CHEESE!
October: Seeds, nuts and grains
November: Autumn Fruits: Apples and Pears
December: Boozy Bread
January: Clean Slate
February: Open Challenge
March: Holiday Breads.

April: Berries

Want to join the #TwelveLoaves group? It’s easy!

1. When you post your Twelve Loaves bread on your blog, make sure that you mention the Twelve Loaves challenge in your blog post; this helps us to get more members as well as share everyone’s posts. Please make sure that your bread is inspired by the theme!
2. Please link your post to the linky tool at the bottom of my blog. It must be a bread baked to the Twelve Loaves theme.
3. Have your Twelve Loaves bread that you baked this May, 2013, and posted on your blog by May 31, 2013.


a huge thanks to Renee of Magnolia Days for her html and other lovely help.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Bread-

some bread notes: ( Please bear with me as I figure out my new blog and “ziplist” feature.) If you have a question about the recipe, please pop me an email. With the dough I love and use for most every sweet recipe, I ended up with enough  bread to fit into to regular loaf pans and also 3 small rolls. I baked my rolls in a mini loaf pan. You can see some of the photos above on how I made it. This Mexican Hot Chocolate Bread method is very similar to this Estonian Kringle bread I posted here recently. You could also some directions on how to cut the bread in that post.  I did find this recipe in the latest FoodNetwork magazine. There was something about the filling in their recipe that I couldn’t quite figure out. It seemed to be an error, or maybe it was the way I was reading it. I thought about spreading the Nutella and not adding cocoa to the dough. For my taste, the bread was incredible with the cocoa-sugar sprinkled on top of the dreamy Nutella. If you don’t like spicy sweets, you can leave out the cayenne. I happened to like the little kick it gave the bread. Even my daughter said it has a “very interesting flavor, mom”. The smell while it’s baking is OUT OF THIS WORLD incredible. Slight warning, this is not a light bread. There is Nutella and sugar. A little bit of butter, too. It’s not something that will be good for those that are watching their weight, but it will definitely make your neighbors very happy if you decide to share a little with them. :)

Mexican Hot Chocolate Bread

Yield: two loaves and 2-3 rolls


  1. 1 cup whole milk
  2. 1 (1/2 ounce) envelope active dry yeast
  3. 1/4 cup warm water (100 to 110 degrees)
  4. 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  7. 4 1/2-5 cups all-purpose flour
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. Filling:
  10. 3/4 cup Nutella
  11. 1/4 cup sugar
  12. 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  13. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  14. pinch of cayenne (you can adjust spice to your liking)
  15. 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


    Dough Directions:
  1. Heat the milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until it just begins to boil. Remove from heat and let stand until cooled to room temperature.
  2. Meanwhile, sprinkle the yeast over the warm water in a large bowl.
  3. Add 1 T of the sugar and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.
  4. Beat in the remaining 2 T sugar, eggs and butter. Beat in cooled milk. Gradually add the flour and salt, scraping down side of bowl, until a soft dough forms.
  5. Turn dough onto a floured work surface and knead the remaining flour into the dough, adding more flour if too sticky. Knead for about 10 minutes until smooth. The dough will be soft.
  6. Grease a large bowl. Place the dough in the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
  7. Line a regular and mini size loaf pan with parchment paper. (if you don't have a mini loaf pan, you can use a muffin tin) .
  8. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon and cayenne; set aside.
  9. Punch down the dough.
  10. Dump the dough out onto a floured surface, roll out the dough into a 10-by-18-inch rectangle.
  11. Spread the Nutella over the dough, leaving a 1-inch border on the sides.
  12. Brush the borders with water. Tightly roll the dough into an 18-inch log, rolling toward the clean border; pinch the seam to seal.
  13. Cut the ends off.
  14. Place the ends in a small loaf pan or (muffin tins that have been sprayed with baking spray.)
  15. Place roll seam-side down on the baking sheet. Cut the log in half so you now have two logs to work with. Cut the first half of the log in half lengthwise with a chef's knife.
  16. Twist the two halves together, crossing one over the other a few times. Pinch the end together, then tuck both pinched ends under the loaf slightly.
  17. Carefully place in the first parchment lined loaf pan.
  18. Repeat with the second log and place in the other parchment lined loaf pan (if you don't have two loaf pans, you could bake the other log on a parchment lined baking sheet)
  19. Cover the loaf loosely with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place until plump, 30 minutes.
  20. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  21. Uncover the loaf and brush butter on the loaf (and the rolls).
  22. Sprinkle on the cocoa-sugar mixture.
  23. Bake the bread, rotating the baking sheet halfway through, until golden brown (a thermometer inserted into the middle should register 170 degrees F to 175 degrees F), 30 to 35 minutes. (check the rolls as they may be done a few minutes before)If you have any butter left, brush some on the bread hot of the oven and sprinkle a little more of the cocoa-sugar mixture.





My baking assistant went a little overboard with the cocoa-sugar on one of the breads…not that that was a bad thing.


{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

Paula @ Vintage Kitchen May 1, 2013 at 7:07 am

The filling is not `just chocolate´, it´s amazing! Chocolate babka is my bucket list. This might just be the perfect bread for a lazy and chilly day, though too big a temptation. I might eat half of it. Again, the spiced filling sound incredible!


Mr. & Mrs. P May 1, 2013 at 7:35 am

Wow… Thats some chocolatey goodness right there… Amazing… Beautiful photos too!!


Rossella May 1, 2013 at 9:29 am

Great recipe! So yummy.
Congratulation also for your new blog layout. I adore it.


Krista Low May 1, 2013 at 9:45 am

Oh man this looks so good! I just pinned as soon as I saw the picture before I even looked at the recipe! I love Nutella, it simply makes everything taste better! The cayenne is an interesting addition, spiced chocolates are really popular right now and I bet it just adds a hint of it’s flavor. Very cool. I love baking with my kids, making memories in the kitchen :) Krista @ A Handful of Everything


Susan May 1, 2013 at 10:20 am

Looks positively decadent good! And I love the intent look of your assistant! This is a beautiful bread, dearie!


Holly May 1, 2013 at 10:23 am

Your blog looks great and these photos are stunning. I wish I had this baking in my kitchen right now! The flavors and smells sound divine.


Renee May 1, 2013 at 11:00 am

Cinnamon and chocolate are one of my absolute favorite flavor combos. I’m sure I would find myself eating this bread until every last slice and bit of it was gone.


Jamie May 1, 2013 at 11:10 am

Oh I love your filled breads, Lora. And chocolate? The best! I’m bookmarking this incredible bread recipe. I so want to jump back on the Twelve Loaves train… I will! I love baking yeast bread.


Jean | lemons & anchovies May 1, 2013 at 11:12 am

I love fruit-based baked goods, too, but I quite enjoy the chocolate variety as well. What a great take on Mexican hot chocolate. This bread is gorgeous and I love the pictures. :)


Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet May 1, 2013 at 11:43 am

This looks so good Lora. I have been craving bread like this for days. Gorgeous as always!


Nancy @ gottagetbaked May 1, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Yay for using more chocolate, Lora! I’m a chocolate fiend so this gorgeous bread is right up my alley. Happy 1 year anniversary to #TwelveLoaves! My goal is to join in one of these days – I love baking bread and I adore all the ladies who participate every month. I always appreciate your photos of the process – it’s so useful to see exactly how you cut and shape your loaves.


lisa@cookingwithcurls May 1, 2013 at 1:22 pm

OMG…that looks insanely good!!! I would love to join, now I just need to create something spectacular :)


Laura (Tutti Dolci) May 1, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Such a delicious bread, you can never go wrong with chocolate and cinnamon!


Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories May 1, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Oh Lora that looks incredible. I’d have to bake it, photograph it, take a slice, and immediately give the rest away! I love your use of light in your photos too.


Swathi May 1, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Love this kind of bread, sure I have some left in my hand, I will try it.


Tasha @ Thatssoyummy May 1, 2013 at 6:41 pm

This is chocolate fabulousness…


Paula - bell'alimento May 1, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Oh sweet mamma. Che voglia.


laurasmess May 1, 2013 at 7:15 pm

Wow. This looks indescribably delicious. I love Mexican hot chocolate, so to have a similar flavour embedded in a delicious coiled loaf? Amazing. Trying this recipe!!


The Café Sucre Farine May 1, 2013 at 9:18 pm

this looks fabulous! What a lovely combination of flavors!


Sue {munchkin munchies} May 1, 2013 at 9:21 pm

I am in love with this loaf! It’s a beauty and I can only imagine how yummy it is! Time to pin it and try it out:)


Valerie May 1, 2013 at 10:48 pm

I’m going to dream about this bread tonight…the smell must be sensational!!
Whenever I see one of your beautiful bread recipes, I’m tempted to face my fear of yeast. :)


sally @ sallys baking addiction May 2, 2013 at 1:35 am

You prefer fruity desserts, especially apple! We are two peas in a pod. I’m the same way. :) My absolute favorite is apple pie! But this chocolate bread looks absolutely divine. Decadent and beautiful. And I adore mexican hot chocolate!


Averie @ Averie Cooks May 2, 2013 at 7:24 am

Nutella-filled bread – this sounds amazing! I made Nutella-filled baklava and a million other things with it, but never bread. Gorgeous, Lora! Pinned.


marla May 2, 2013 at 7:27 am

Would love this for breakfast today!


Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts May 2, 2013 at 11:33 am

Another gorgeous bread! This would be amazing with a cup of tea this morning!


Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} May 2, 2013 at 12:22 pm

What a simply beautiful bread. Love the ingredients and how perfect would this be with a cafe latte. Delish Lora!


Suzanne May 2, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Lora, this bread looks fabulous and also perfect for Cinco de Mayo. Congrats on year of bread making with the group :) and thanks for the recipes!


Patty May 2, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Oh this chocolate laced homemade bread-I could just dive into it!!!
Lora, your breads are always a pleasure to see-this looks perfect for a family baking project with Cinco de Mayo around the corner..Have a wonderful weekend;-)


Dionne Baldwin May 2, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Oh I always love to see little ones in the kitchen! And this bread sounded good before I even saw it. I think it’s because I always admire your baking and I am completely fond of this bread and your photos. It is as if I am seeing your bread in the kitchen with the sun going down. I’ve resisted tearing off pieces of it all day to be polite but I simply cannot resist any longer. I am going in…and I may not come up for air until I have nibbled every last morsel that I cut for myself. (I can’t eat the whole thing. That would be rude!) :)

Have a beautiful day sweet Lora!


SeattleDee May 3, 2013 at 9:24 am

My gotthaveitrightnow cravings have just switched from jalapeño cheese scones to your amazing Mexican Hot Chocolate Bread. I can’t wait to play with this recipe – thanks for the kick start.


Muna Kenny May 3, 2013 at 10:21 am

The new blog layout is neat, maybe I should change mine too. This bread is heavenly, love you for all that chocolate and pinch of amazingness :)


Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom May 3, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Wow! love the photos. . very romantic and mysterious. . love it! I also love to use chocolate when baking. . it just makes everything better. . and sexier in this case! Wow! I must try this! So glad to be a part of Twelve Loaves!


Lisa May 4, 2013 at 6:35 am know this is going on my nutella board and you know I’m making this at some point. Then again, I want to make most everything on your blog, so it’ll be a process of elimination while inducing a process of belly-fat preservation lol Happy 1 year birthday to Twelve Loaves!


Lyn @LovelyPantry May 4, 2013 at 11:28 pm

I don’t even know what to say. I just really WANT this immediately. Although I gave up Nutella a few years back, I may just treat myself just to try this bread! Seriously! ;-)


Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes May 6, 2013 at 12:28 am

Wow, Lora!!! This really does look amazing! Reminds me of a babka as well. Pinned! Lovely! AMAZING!


Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings May 6, 2013 at 10:52 pm

I’m oddly attracted to this bread!!! I can imagine how delicious this is! Terrific recipe, Lora!


Angela May 9, 2013 at 7:44 am

Oh my! Let me grab a cup of coffee and head on over to your house :) I’m hosting a new linky party at

I would love to have you!


Erin @ Texanerin Baking May 9, 2013 at 8:57 am

Ooooh. It’s beautiful! Love it. I always really enjoy these bread posts. You really are the master of fluffy, pretty loaves! I can produce something yeasty and yummy, but not pretty. I need more practice, i guess. :)


Laura@bakinginpyjamas May 9, 2013 at 3:16 pm

I’ve never tasted a chocolate sweetbread before, yours looks delicious Lora. I’ve linked up my entry for this Mat, I love that this month’s theme was an open one, it was a great choice.


lucia May 12, 2013 at 6:05 am

This chocolate bread is so delicious!!! Thank you for the recipe!


Annamaria @ Bakewell Junction May 20, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Your bread looks delicious. I submitted Rum Baba this month. Hope you like the recipe.


Paula May 20, 2013 at 1:38 pm

I love how you shot with the shadows. Bread looks amazing.


SeattleDee May 23, 2013 at 6:40 pm

It was such fun baking with y’all this month. The Linky tool reports an error and won’t let me link to your post, but my Almost No Knead Sort of Sourdough Bread with Parmesan, Rosemary and Walnuts was posted this morning… and we’ve already eaten a major portion. (grin)


SeattleDee May 23, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Ignore previous comment – the linky worked. Yaaaay.


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