Chocolate and Vanilla Marbled Bread


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This Chocolate and Vanilla Marbled Quick Bread is great on its own – not too sweet, and great for breakfast toasted with a bit of butter.  But as it turns out it makes a fabulous base for a mini ice cream sundae as well….

slices of quick bread

Time is a funny thing for me at the moment. All at once the days are inching slowly by while the weeks seem to be flying past. Suddenly the arrival of our girls feels just around the corner…as long as I can survive the Bangkok heat and aching back/feet/hips for just a bit longer. My mom was in town last week, and we had such a great time.  We spent most of the week watching movies, indulging in pedicures and massages, and relaxing.  It was a much-needed break for us both, but also a bittersweet reminder of this temporary distance between Frank and I and our families in the U.S.

We ate a few great meals and did a healthy dose of organizing.  Piles of tiny baby clothes – I can’t get enough.

Baby Clothes

With all those baby clothes tucked neatly away and our apartment feeling more and more like we really might be ready, I was excited to do some baking on Sunday afternoon. This Marbled Chocolate and Vanilla Quick Bread was so quick and easy that it was in the oven in under 20 minutes and filling the kitchen with the aroma of chocolate and vanilla.

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Chocolate and Vanilla Marbled Quick Bread Recipe

This Chocolate and Vanilla Marbled Quick Bread is great on its own – not too sweet, and great for breakfast toasted with a bit of butter.
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Servings: 10


  • Mini Loaf Pans
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Small Saucepan
  • Cooling Rack


  • 2 ounces Semisweet Chocolate
  • 3 Tablespoons Milk
  • 1 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • 5 Tablespoons Butter, softened
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • 1 large Egg
  • 3 Tablespoons Sour Cream
  • ½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract


  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease two mini loaf pans.
  • Combine the chocolate and milk in a small bowl over a simmering pan of water and heat, whisking continuously, until smooth. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • In another bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and sour cream until smooth. Pour the butter-sugar mixture over the dry ingredients and fold together just until evenly combined.
  • Divide the batter in half. Add the melted chocolate to half and the vanilla to the other half.
  • Pour the vanilla batter into the prepared pans. Pour the chocolate batter over the top. Gently swirl the batters together with a a knife to achieve a marbled effect.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the surface of the bread is firm and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with just a crumb or two.
  • Cool the bread in the baking pan for 10 minutes before turning it out and allowing it to finish cooling.


Recipe adapted from Love & Flour.


Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 117mg | Potassium: 150mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 225IU | Vitamin C: 0.03mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $3.00
Calories: 182
Keyword: baking, chocolate, easy dessert recipe, easy snack, family friendly, quick bread
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  1. Its always nice to catch up with family! Glad you had a good visit. I love that this bread is both chocolate and vanilla, and that its quick.

  2. Look at all those tiny clothes! Amazing! It must be tough to be so far from family at a time like this. But we’re lucky to live in a time where travel, cost aside, is relatively easy and safe. Wishing you good luck during these final weeks of your pregnancy! And yum, how good does that bread look?! Definitely filing this away for later.

  3. Your bread looks so nice! And I love what you did with the sundaes. I sometimes like to use leftover slices of quick breads as French Toast, but the sundae idea is going to win from here on out. Much more importantly, sending the best of thoughts and well wishes to you as your family grows! I agree with Isabelle – judging from those onesies, you are going to have some very snazzy babies.

  4. Chocolate marble bread is awesome on its own, but that money shot with the ice cream and fudge sauce? Oh my gosh. Seriously. I need some of that in my life right now.
    Hopefully the next few weeks will go by at just the right pace… not so fast that you can’t get everything ready, but not so slowly that you feel like it’s been years since you last saw your toes. If that stack of onesies is anything to go by, those girls of yours are going to be the snazziest babies on the block. 🙂

  5. I absolutely love marble bread, but I have never thought to use it as a foundation for an ice cream sundae – BRILLIANT!! Your photos just make everyone Need to take a bite, LOL. Congratulations on the impending arrival – I know you will have many years of laughter and joy ahead!

  6. I just love your picture with the baby cloths 🙂
    I really hope your little angel will arrive safely and then time will take on a totally different meaning believe me 🙂
    Marbled bread is my all time favorite quick bread, my mum used to make it for us when we were kids and we would have fun imagining pictures in the chocolate and vanilla pattern in every slice:)

  7. Jess the photo with the sauce…oh my!!! Yum!!! You look so excited posing with the clothes. Sounds like you had a wonderful time with your mum.

  8. The marble bread looks so good, I’ve always wanted to try making bread like that! What a clever idea to use it as a base for a sundae.

    Also, congrats on your soon to arrive daughters 😀 How exciting! That and living in Bangkok, wow. I read your bio. My husband and I got married in August 2010, so close to when you got married. We live in Alaska, which is kind of different, but nothing like Bangkok. I love traveling and spent my sophomore year of high school in Austria as a foreign exchange student, but unfortunately my husband has 0 interest in going anywhere. Before we met, I’d planned to do things similar to what you’ve done, but didn’t want to leave him to do them. Good thing he’s so lovable 😀