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Smores Swirl Sweet Bread

July 21, 2014
A sweet yeast bread with a marshmallow, graham cracker, and chocolate smores swirl!

Wahoo - it's finally here!! Welcome to Smores Week here on Mostly Homemade Mom! Actually, not just here - a whole bunch of my blog friends and I are posting smores themed recipes this week. Seriously!! So if you are a chocolate, marshmallow, and graham cracker lover (and if you aren't ... really?) you will want to stick around this week!

First up today, I have this amazing Smores Swirl Sweet Bread that is made with yeast. 

Let me repeat that. This is a recipe with yeast. :D

Once upon a time I used to think that yeast didn't get along with me, and therefore, I never used it. Mainly because every time I used it, nothing ever went the way it was supposed to. Since then, I've had several successful breads and coffee cakes baked to tell you some tips from my kitchen about yeast. 

- Running tap water, as warm as it will get, is perfect for proofing yeast (I have no meat thermometer)
- Even if a recipe doesn't say to do this, make sure you add 1/2 - 1 teaspoon of sugar to the water before adding the yeast to give it something to feed off of
- Don't be afraid to stir up the yeast, sugar, and water good before letting it proof - you won't kill it!
- If you're proofing yeast in milk, zap it in the microwave for 1 minute, seems to be just the right temperature

It took me MANY tries to realize that I had the water not warm enough, didn't add sugar, didn't stir up the yeast at all! Anyway, this Smores Swirl Sweet Bread is really not hard at all and it is out-of-this-world amazing! The marshmallow fluff actually melts in to the swirl and coats the chocolate and graham cracker filling. My boys went absolutely nuts for this bread!

Smores Swirl Sweet Bread
adapted from Hodgson Mill Recipes

1 cup milk, warmed
1/3 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar, divided
1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) quick rise yeast
4 tablespoons plus 2 tablespoons melted butter, divided
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
1 cup marshmallow fluff

In the bowl of a stand mixer, stir together warmed milk (I zapped it in the microwave for one minute) and one teaspoon sugar. Sprinkle yeast over the milk and stir to combine. Leave it sit 3-5 minutes, the surface should be foamy and have a strong yeast smell. Add in 2 tablespoons melted butter, slightly beaten egg, and salt. Make sure mixer has dough hook attached, and turn on low while adding flour gradually, one cup at a time. Once flour is completely incorporated (dough will begin to pull away from the sides of the bowl) keep the mixer on low for 5 minutes to knead the dough. Remove dough and place in large bowl coated with nonstick spray. 
Set the bowl in a warm place (the back of my stove works well) and allow it to rise for one hour, or doubled in size. 

Punch dough down and roll out into a large rectangle. 

Spread marshmallow cream over dough and sprinkle with chocolate chips. In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, 4 tablespoons melted butter, and 2 tablespoons sugar. Sprinkle over chocolate and marshmallow. 

Roll up dough starting with the short side, as tight as possible. Tuck ends under and place in a greased loaf pan. 

Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise another hour, or until dough has risen 1 inch above side of pan. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 45 minutes or until top is golden brown and it gives a hollow sound when tapped. Allow to cool completely (OK at least TRY to cool completely) before slicing and serving.

Ok, yeah - that's A LOT of directions but I wanted to be as specific as possible because working with yeast for first-timers can be frustrating, but it doesn't have to be! This bread is well worth the time it takes - I'm telling you!

Here are some more of my favorite bread recipes:

Sunrise Cinnamon Bread

Cheddar Parmesan Bread

Apple Streusel Bread

Ok, I'm SO EXCITED to see what everyone else made today! Be sure to click around to my friends' blogs too - the links are below, have fun!

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15 comments on "Smores Swirl Sweet Bread"
  1. Laura O|Petite Allergy TreatsJuly 21, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Fun idea! I used to think same with yeast! Love seeing this as part of #smoreweek!

  2. I, too, have an irrational fear of using yeast... I don't think I've ever actually used it! But I appreciate your tips, and hopefully they will give me the courage to try it because that bread looks delicious!

  3. This looks amazing, Kelly - can't wait to give it a try!

  4. Heather @FrenchPressJuly 21, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    WANT! I almost made something similar, and now wish I had, it looks so good

  5. Kelly @ Mostly Homemade MomJuly 22, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    Thanks so much, Laura!

  6. Kelly @ Mostly Homemade MomJuly 22, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    Haha, you should give it a try Kelsey! Paul thinks I'm a bit nutso, but I get so excited when the bread starts to rise lol.

  7. Kelly @ Mostly Homemade MomJuly 22, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    Thanks so much Melanie!

  8. Kelly @ Mostly Homemade MomJuly 22, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    Seriously though, I feel like you can make a Smores version of ANY dessert or baked good, haha!

  9. Holy cow. This bread looks beyond amazing! I love swirl breads like this. I have to try! Pinned!

  10. Kelly @ Mostly Homemade MomJuly 22, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Thanks so much Jen!! I LOVE swirl breads, too!

  11. I know what I'm doing this weekend, YUM! Thanks for sharing with us at The Creative Collection, hope to see you back soon!

  12. Kelly @ Mostly Homemade MomJuly 25, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    Thanks so much, Mariah. I hope you enjoy it!

  13. What a delicious idea for a sweet bread!!! YUM! Thanks for sharing over at Inspiration Monday!

  14. Hey Kelly, your bread turned out great! I'm glad you like it as much as we do at Hodgson Mill :)

  15. We always called them "yeasty beasties"- not so scary when you practice.