Chocolate Peanut Butter Twist Bread

Layers of chocolate, peanut butter and soft dough are twisted together to create this tasty Chocolate Peanut Butter Twist Bread.

Layers of chocolate, peanut butter and soft dough are twisted together to create this tasty Chocolate Peanut Butter Twist Bread.Man, there are some really strange childhood traditions out there.  With Easter approaching, we’ve been serenading little Robbie with the Little Bunny Foo Foo song.  But if you stop and actually listen to the lyrics, they’re pretty strange.  I mean a bunny who hops through the forest and terrorizes field mice?  Come on, bunny!  What did that field mouse ever do to you?  Then again, a fairy does come along and turn that mean bunny into a goon.  Silly rabbit.  It’s a wonder that (most) folks still turn out normal when you consider these childhood traditions.

Layers of chocolate, peanut butter and soft dough are twisted together to create this tasty Chocolate Peanut Butter Twist Bread.Speaking of childhood customs, my wife and I took Robbie to see the Easter bunny this past weekend.  We happened to be in our local mall on Friday night, but the bunny wasn’t there yet.  His Easter garden was all set up, and his big Easter throne was in place…just no Easter bunny.  No one was around, and I was sorely tempted to sit in the throne and pretend to be the bunny.  But my wife told me I wasn’t allowed to do that.  I even argued that the Easter bunny’s costume was probably under the table.  But she told me it was time to go home.  So I went home.

Layers of chocolate, peanut butter and soft dough are twisted together to create this tasty Chocolate Peanut Butter Twist Bread.But we did come back later in the weekend to see the actual Easter bunny.  I truthfully don’t even know where to begin here.  That bunny was one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a while.  Nothing says Happy Easter like a bunny straight outta 1982.  Was it the pastel vest?  Or maybe the oversized bow tie?  I dunno.

Either way, Robbie got a picture with that bunny.  He didn’t cry one bit.  I’m pretty sure it was because Mom and Dad were laughing uncontrollably the entire time.  I’m also pretty sure that I visited that exact same Easter bunny when I was a kid.  (Easter bunny from the mall, if you’re reading this, then I truly mean no offense.  Please still bring me jelly beans this year.)

Robbie-Easter-Bunny-2016Speaking of Easter, chocolate always has to be involved, right?  Instead of the hollow chocolate bunny, I decided to go a different route this year.  I decided to whip up a dessert bread with chocolate and peanut butter.  Imagine something similar to cinnamon roll dough, but filled with chocolate and peanut butter instead.  And twisted up rather than rolled up.  That’s pretty much what you’ve got with this Chocolate Peanut Butter Twist Bread.

Layers of chocolate, peanut butter and soft dough are twisted together to create this tasty Chocolate Peanut Butter Twist Bread.No matter how you slice it, you’ve got plenty of melted chocolate and gooey peanut butter to go around.  When I was a kid, I always looked forward to the Easter basket that was waiting for me outside of my bedroom door on Easter morning.  (How did that Easter bunny get inside overnight?)  And I was always hoping that the chocolate bunny wouldn’t be hollow inside.  (Granted, if it was solid, I would’ve broken several teeth trying to eat it.)

Now that I’m an adult, I look forward to experiencing Easter traditions with Robbie as he gets older.  But for now, I’m just hoping the Easter bunny brings me another loaf of this Chocolate Peanut Butter Twist Bread.  Or jelly beans.  I’ll settle for jelly beans.

Layers of chocolate, peanut butter and soft dough are twisted together to create this tasty Chocolate Peanut Butter Twist Bread.Did you ever get a photo with the Easter bunny?  Perhaps it was the same bunny that we saw this past weekend?

Layers of chocolate, peanut butter and soft dough are twisted together to create this tasty Chocolate Peanut Butter Twist Bread.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Twist Bread

Layers of chocolate, peanut butter and soft dough are twisted together to create this tasty Chocolate Peanut Butter Twist Bread.
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Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Rising Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 55 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 320kcal

Ingredients

For the Bread

  • cups all-purpose flour
  • Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp instant dry yeast
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup milk

For the Filling

  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup peanut butter chips

For the Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Tbsp milk

Instructions

  • Using a countertop mixer, add all Bread ingredients (flour, honey, yeast, salt, vanilla extract, egg and milk). Mix on medium speed for 5 minutes.
  • Transfer dough into large, oiled bowl. Cover bowl and place in a warm location for 60 minutes. (Note: The dough will be very loose and soft at this stage.)
  • Turn dough out onto a well-floured countertop and fold several times, rotating the dough 90° after each fold. Place dough back into oiled bowl, cover and let rise for another 60 minutes. (Tip: I usually use 2-3 Tbsp of extra flour when folding the dough during this step.)
  • Using a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Remove saucepan from heat and add the chocolate chips and brown sugar. Stir together until well combined. (The chocolate chips will melt slightly, but not completely.) Set chocolate aside.
  • On a well-floured countertop, roll dough into a 10”x12” rectangle. Spread chocolate filling evenly across dough, leaving ½” margin on all sides. Sprinkle peanut butter chips evenly across filling.
  • Starting with a long edge, roll the dough into a tight log. Pinch the seam to seal. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough in half lengthwise.
  • Place the two pieces of dough (filling side up) side-by-side on a piece of parchment paper. Always keeping the filling side up, carefully twist the two pieces of dough together. Pinch both ends of the dough to seal.
  • Spray top of dough with nonstick spray and cover lightly with plastic wrap. Place dough in warm place to rise for 60 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Bake for 30-32 minutes, or until bread is light golden in color. (Tip: Tent the top of the bread with aluminum foil after 20 minutes to prevent it from browning too quickly.)
  • Place bread on a cooling rack until completely cool.
  • Make the Glaze by whisking all ingredients together in a small bowl. Once bread has fully cooled, drizzle Glaze over top.

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29 Comments

  1. Hi David! This bread would not last long here, Gary would see to that! Peanut butter anything disappears at an amazingly rapid rate. This is similar to making cinnamon rolls – just “inside out”! You are a genius my friend! I really think you should consider a bakery, I’m sure your treats would disappear instantly! Happy Easter weekend! 🙂

    1. That’s pretty much the perfect way to describe this one, Dorothy…inside out cinnamon rolls. Except they are inside out chocolate peanut butter rolls. 🙂 I thought about opening a bakery back before I started the blog. But then I realized I would need to wake up at like 3am every day in order to have fresh treats to sell in the morning. No thanks!

  2. Oh my goodnes! Little Robbie is adorable! And that rabbit definitely looks like 1982 is calling and they want their costume back! There are absolutely some weird and downright creepy children’s songs out there. Rock a Bye Baby comes to mind. Oh – this chocolate peanut butter twisty business looks pretty tasty!

    1. Yeah, that rabbit. I just don’t have words to describe it. I swear Laura and I were both bent over laughing the entire time. I hope the poor guy didn’t get offended. (Dear Mr. Easter Bunny, We were only laughing at Robbie…I promise!) Thanks, Rachelle…hope you had an awesome weekend! 🙂

  3. Awwee babie is soo cute ..God bless this lil angel..
    this twisted bread looks awesome.. You guys truly inspired me to try my hands on baking… I am planning to start a baking marathon soon.hoping for the best..

    1. Thank you so much, Priya! You should definitely try your hand at baking. It’s so much fun! And there’s so many different twists you can put on classic recipes. One of my favorites is making homemade bread! (And no need to do a marathon of baking…just try one new recipe and master it before moving on to the next.) Good luck, and enjoy the results! 🙂

  4. That bunny is seriously terrifying- that’s going to be such a funny and adorable baby photo to look back on in ten years 🙂 This bread looks amazing, you just cannot go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter 🙂

    1. Oh, that picture will be making many more appearances in the coming years, Medha. I’m thinking perhaps for his 21st birthday? And then again at his wedding? 🙂 Thank you so much!

  5. Haha – I chuckled so hard when I read ” It’s a wonder that (most) folks still turn out normal when you consider these childhood traditions” Duuuude – Lil Shashi and I were just evaluating the lyrics to ring around the rosie the other day and came to a similar conclusion – though she said is geared towards me being the “folks” ?!?!
    Kids!
    Anyhoot – back to this twist bread – why David – you need a bigger King-of-Bread Crown! Duuuude – this is insane! Chocolate and PB and powdered sugar glaze in one mouthful – oooh be still my heart! Hey – I’ll dress up as a hipster Easter bunny next year for Robbie if you drone this to me pronto! Deal?
    Happy Easter to all of Y’all in the Spiced home!

    1. Geez…kids! That lil Shashi. She’s got a mind of her own! But speaking of Ring Around the Rosie. That song is super morbid, but yet all little kids sing it. If you don’t know what I’m referring to, google it. (It’s safe, don’t worry. Just super morbid.) Thank you so much for the kind bread king words. I’m not sure I deserve that title, but hey, I’ll take it! We did have a good Easter around here, although Robbie is getting over his cold still…and now Laura has it. Not fun. Hope you guys had a good one down there in A-town!

    1. Thank you so much, Manali! He is a little bundle of energy…that’s for sure. I don’t know what we’re going to do once the little guy goes mobile. Haha! For now, I’m happy with him sitting in his chair watching me bake. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Kushi! Little Robbie is indeed adorable…and this bread turned out quite well, too. I hope you had an awesome weekend!

  6. You can’t analyze those songs! Most are a little strange and nursery rhymes all started from something dark from way back when! But they are still great to teach your kids. They just don’t have to know the meaning. Now about this bread…I’m not a peanut butter fan myself, but my kids and hubby love it. I often have to sacrifice myself and make them peanut butter treats. This is one they’d love!

    1. Yeah, I’m coming to that realization, Kathy. Nursery rhymes are what they are. 🙂 This bread did indeed turn out well, but you could totally make it only chocolate…that way you could enjoy it, too! Hope you and the family had a great Easter weekend!

  7. I remember singing the Little Bunny Foo Foo song to my kids when they were little, funny that you mention it in your post. Brought back good memories. I love the chocolate and peanut butter twist bread, perfect for Easter or anytime. I have great memories of Easter baskets when I was a kid, love the chocolate. That is a great picture of Robbie and the Easter Bunny! Happy Easter to you and your family!

    1. Tell me about it, Dawn! Having Robbie around has totally brought back memories of my own childhood. Just the other day, Laura came in singing “On Top of Old Smoky” to him…hilarious. I hope you and your family had an awesome Easter weekend! 🙂

  8. That bread looks like the perfect kind of thing for Easter. Cake is nice, but I think that something yeast-risen is better. When it comes to these Easter Bunny costumes, though, I don’t think there’s anything you can do to stop them from looking creepy.

    1. I dunno, Jeff. I do love yeast-risen breads and treats. But I also love cake. How can I pick between the two? It’s like being stuck between a rock and a hard spot. Ok, it’s actually nothing like that. But it sounded good. And I agree with you about the Easter Bunny. I guess there really is no good way to make a normal looking human-sized rabbit, huh?

      1. I know what you mean. I still contend that your bread would be perfect for Easter. But right after I hit send, I was thinking of how nice a carrot or coconut cake would be. I guess the only thing to do is to have both!

  9. You’re right – this bunny is quite hilarious! I tnink your wife shouldn’t have restrained from sitting in that chair – you would have been a great bunny, haha. This bread is super delicious. I mean, peanut butter and chocolate? You cannot go wrong with them. This year I didn’t have a mood to make any Easter recipes…well we have eaten quite a lot of eggs and bread with nutella, and I think this counts too:)

    1. See! That’s why I needed you to come to the mall with us that day, Ben. You would have encouraged me to sit in the Easter Bunny throne! There wasn’t anyone around. I’m sure it would have been ok. 🙂

  10. Robbie is such a champ for handling the bunny well- He’ll probably he jumping all over Santa come Christmas time! This bread would be the perfect breakfast as it has my favorite spread covered AND some chocolate goodness!

    PS- Seriously, children ‘song’ lyrics are so creepy sometimes….

    1. Hah! I hadn’t even thought of that. But you’re right…come Christmas, he’ll probably be standing in Santa’s lap doing a jig. I hope Santa still brings me presents at least. 🙂

    1. Hey Chelle! I apologize for the unclear instructions here. I’m not quite sure I understand your question, though? I believe you’re referring to step 7 where you lay the two cut pieces side-by-side. You “braid” those 2 strips together without actually twisting the dough as the fillings would fall out if you twisted the pieces. Does this make more sense? Let me know…I’m happy to help explain!!

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