Lighter Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple Toasted Marshmallow.
I love pumpkin bread!
And I probably love cinnamon rolls even more. So combining the two NEEDED to happen… ASAP. The chocolate is in there simply because I could not resist. It just sounded too good when the thought came into my head, I had to.
This bread is basically a brioche cinnamon roll, but in bread form, with pumpkin and chocolate. I can’t decide if it’s a breakfast, snack or dessert. I wanna just say all of the above, because in my mind it is. I mean it really can be all three, light enough for breakfast, but definitely sweet enough for snack or dessert.
What it really needs either way it a GIANT glass of super cold milk. For me, I can’t do it any other way.
Plus, the protein and calcium in the milk balances out the ahh, sugar and ahh, butter and ahh, chocolate. Hehe. You should see me smiling from ear to ear right now. <–Those are all the things November NEEDS.
Also, I feel I must inform you that this bread is a cure-all.
It’s the cure to the 4:00pm slump, or the oh my gosh my family is driving me insane moment, or the errr – nothing in my life is going right! It’s also, most definitely, the cure to a meltdown (yours or someone else’s!).
Yeah, you know what I’m talking about. The meltdown. The meltdown that happens when things all pile on top of you and the only way to get through it is to have, THE meltdown.
Luckily, once you have THE meltdown you remember that you have this bread…in all it’s cinnamon and pumpkin and chocolate glory…and you thank God for this little piece of heaven.
Clearly, someone had a little personal meltdown Sunday night, and clearly that person was me. To be honest, I think meltdowns are maybe the best thing ever because once they are over (which luckily for me tends to be fairly quickly), you can see things in such a new light… or at least I can. So while it sort of stinks to have a melt down, it can be somewhat of a blessing at the same time, you know?
And don’t worry guys, I am all good to go. I kind of just let things overwhelm me sometimes, and well, I had some things sitting on my brain that I am pretty sure just couldn’t stay there any longer, so then I freaked a bit. Good news is that it’s all sorted out and things are back to normal.
And OK, this pumpkin bread may or may not have saved my sanity Sunday night. That and the best mom ever, who can literally make things ALL ok again with just her words.
What is it about moms? I swear, they have special powers.
The recipe for this Chocolate Cinnamon Swirl Pumpkin Brioche Bread is pretty simple. I have made it literally FIVE stinkin’ times in the last week and half. Mostly because the perfectionist in me wanted to get that PERFECT swirl… it didn’t happen.
Whatever. I’m over it.
The bread is awesome. I don’t care anymore that I can’t get the perfect swirl. OR that I maybe put too much chocolate in the center…oops (but not really).
Life’s not perfect, I’m not perfect, deal with it…telling myself this over and over and over till it sticks.
After making this bread five times now I have decided that dividing the dough in half and making two loaves is the best route. You can certainly make one large loaf, but the center of the bread is just hard to get fully cooked. If you like a doughy bread, than I recommend the one loaf route, if not, stick with two loaves. You can eat one all yourself and then give one as a gift.
Let’s see here, what else do you need to know.
Of course, the addition of chocolate is optional, but then again, why would you not add the chocolate? I used a super dark chocolate, so I’m telling myself that all those antioxidants are NECESSARY. Hey, they’re good for my brain.
Again, my reasoning powers rule.
And well, I think that’s pretty much it. Meaning it’s time we all go and make some pumpkin bread!
…Maybe make it today (and eat it tomorrow – cause this bread does need some overnight rising time!).
…Ooh, or maybe make it on Friday for a KILLER weekend breakfast/snack/dessert/late night pick me up.
…Or maybe make it for Thanksgiving?!?! Yes, do this no matter what!
…Or maybe if you are not cooking on Thanksgiving, bring this as gift to whoever is. Trust me, come Black Friday they will be loving you …and this bread. <–TRUTH.
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Never too much chocolate. Right?!? Mmm, hmm.
This sounds really good. I would like to bake it on Friday moi, after Thanksgiving. Any reason why I could not cut ingredients in half and make one loaf? I won’t have space in the fridge for two. Thanks
Totally, that would be just fine for you to do:) I hope this recipe turns out well for you, please let me know if you have any other questions! xT
When making the bread, how long does the bread need to proof overnight?
I am wondering if I start the process late morning, and have it proof overnight in the fridge starting at 3pm, if the dough would still be okay?
Sure, that would be just fine for you to do, just make sure you allow the dough to come to room temp. I hope you love the recipe! xx
I made this over the weekend and shared it with a few people. They were all VERY happy, one even called it ‘magical’. I used only one little envelope of instant yeast and it worked out just fine. Had some mashed butternut squash left over from a meal recipe which worked great. All in all a wonderful recipe.
Wow that is so amazing to hear! Thank you for trying this one, Christine! xTieghan