The Fresh Loaf

News & Information for Amateur Bakers and Artisan Bread Enthusiasts


Boboshempy's picture

Well, this is actually the Chocolate Cinnamon Babka recipe from Peter Reinhart's Artisan Breads Every Day. I followed the recipe to a T except I substituted the chocolate for dark brown sugar, as per the request from my girlfriend, who barely ate any after it was done, haha.

I really like how it came out and I love the look. A loaf doesn't get any cooler looking than this and you can't go wrong with a rich, sweet, cinnamony, streusel topped bread. I gave my parents half the loaf and I pretty much ate the rest by myself over two days, my girlfriend only had a taste and acknowledged it was fantastic, she considers herself a expert. She had to look good in a bikini the following week so she said "I should stop making bread!".

This is the first bread I made out of this book, I have made many from PR's other books. I have my eye on taking a whirl at the croissant recipe in this book but I don't know when I will get to that. This was easy, fast, and fun to make and I will definitely be making it again, next time with the chocolate. It is a cool bread to bring to a dinner party for desert, in my opinion.

Enjoy the pictures,



kadde's picture

Ingredients of a very dark/black recipe anyone?

July 29, 2009 - 2:59pm -- kadde

Hi all,


I'm really keen on knowing which ingredient is responsible for the very dark almost black color of some breads. When I make bread, regardless of the recipe at most it's grey. Sometimes a little darker, but never deeply brown/black.

I read that dark sugar might be used or roasted malt. Yet, I can't exactly pinpoint the cause of the deep dark color. So anyone any ideas on which ingredients might darken the bread?



snailthenmoons's picture

Dublin whole grain bread

March 24, 2009 - 6:53am -- snailthenmoons

I have a friend from Liverpool who loves to visit Ireland when he journeys back home.  He speaks fondly of a dark, whole grain bread he enjoys there that is popular in Dublin.  As he describes it, it is a yeast bread that is only mildly sweet.  I've searched for "Irish bread recipes" to no avail... Does anyone have any ideas?

xabanga's picture

I've been craving chocolate lately so I made these on a whim:

Here is the recipe link.

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