Wednesday, February 24, 2010



Bread & Chocolate is truly a match made in heaven. Bread & Chocolate warms and comforts, soothes and de-stresses. Bread & Chocolate is the perfect energizing breakfast, a most delightful snack for any age, a sumptuous, elegant dessert.

Walk down any Parisian street and see tiny hands grasped around chunks of baguette with a bar of chocolate, dark or milk, sticking out each end or chic young things nibbling on pains au chocolat fresh from the bakery. Wander through any high school bake sale and see loaves of banana or pumpkin or zucchini or orange studded or swirled with chocolate chips, that best of friend to any flavor, the perfect match for lemon or cranberry or any dried fruit or nut in a sweet bread. Ask your kids what they want you to bake for breakfast or choose the perfect snack to pair with a tall, cool glass of milk or a hot mug of coffee or tea and you’ll find yourself stirring up batter for chocolate chip muffins or scones.

Bread & Chocolate: A little shot of carbs followed straight with a bang of chocolate. Whether baguette or flaky puff pastry, warm-from-the-oven scones or dense, moist pudding or just-sweet muffins is your poison, whether you like your chocolate dark or light, crunchy, crispy or gooey, whether you like your bread dotted with chocolate or drenched in the stuff, bread & chocolate turns everyone on (and in more ways than one!). Homey and filling or seductive and elegant, eaten quietly slice by slice or slathered with whipped cream and scooped up greedily, who can turn down that most delightful, that most sensual of combinations, Bread & Chocolate?

When Meeta of What’s For Lunch Honey? asked me to host Monthly Mingle, Bread & Chocolate popped straight into my head. Bread & Chocolate in any form is true comfort food, the stuff of quiet afternoons curled up in your favorite armchair with a good book or doling out treats to rambunctious kids or the first thing we look for to ease both our jet lag and our childlike excitement while on vacation off in some exotic, far-off land. And everyone seems to agree as you can see by this amazing selection of goodies baked especially for Monthly Mingle by all these incredible food bloggers.

So just pull up a chair, grab and knife and a fork and dig in!

Elle of Feeding My Enthusiasms

Amazing Overnight Waffles with Chocolate Chips & Dried Cherries

Astrid of Paulchen’s Foodblog

Chocolate Brioches

Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen

Brioche with Chocolate Ganache

Quinn of Quinn's Baking Diary

Bread Cake

Deeba of Passionate About Baking

Nutella, Walnut & Orange Rolls

Heather of Eggs, Cream and Honey

Chocolate Insanity Bread Pudding and Chocolate Beer Sauce

Ino of Kitchen 22

Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding

Parita of Parita’s World

Eggless Chocolate Raisin Coffee Bread

Finla aka Happy Cook of My Kitchen Treasures

Chocolate Buns

Adele of Will Work for Biltong

Chocolate Pizza Pockets

Swathi of Zesty South Indian Kitchen

Raspberry Coconut White Chocolate Bread

Simona of A Tutta Cucina

Panini al Cioccolato e Noci (Chocolate and Walnut Panini)

Sunita of Sunita’s World

Chocolate and Orange Quick Bread

Joanne of Eats Well With Others

HBin5 Cranberry Tangerine Chocolate Bread

Sarah of Ratatouille

Chocolate Chip Chudleighs

Priya of Priya’s Easy N Tasty Recipes

Nutella Swirl Bread

Barbara of Barbara Bakes

Triple Chocolate Cherry Quick Bread

Nina of Confessions of a Bake-a-holic!

Austrian Bread Pudding with Chocolate

DK of Chef in You

Chocolate Chip and Hazelnut Bread

Jayasri of Samayalarai – Cooking is Divine

Chocolate Babka

Rachel of Tangerine’s Kitchen

Orange Chocolate Chip Loaf

Soma of eCurry

Eggless Chocolate Zucchini Nut Bread

Lakshmi of Palate Desires

Chocolate Drizzled Pretzel

Sweatha of Taste Curry Leaf

Gluten-Free & Fat-Free Chocolate Banana Bread

Nic of Cherrapeno

Mini Panettone with Butterscotch, Chocolate, Macadamia Nuts and Cranberries

Deborah of Italian Food Forever

Chocolate Coffee Bread Pudding

Meeta of What’s For Lunch Honey?

Rich Chocolate Breads with Pistachios, Pink Praline and Au Naturel

Ozoz of Kitchen Butterfly

Columbian Banana Bread – Pan de Banano

Cool Lassi(e) of Pan Gravy Kadai Curry
Heart-y Sweet Bread N Chocolate Pudding

Asha of Fork-Spoon-Knife

Chocolate, Cranberry and Candied Citrus Spiced Bread

Hilda of Saffron & Blueberry

Gluten-Free Pear and Chocolate Muffins

Cinzia of Cindystar

Bread Chocolate Cake

Jamie of Life’s a Feast

Chocolate Orange Buttermilk Muffins

Chocolate Custard Bread Pudding

And a huge apology to Apu of Annarasa - Essence of Food who baked these fabulous Spicy Carrot, Spring Onion, and Black Sesame Rolls for my Bread Baking Day #26 but they were left floating around the blogosphere.....

Thank you so much, each and every one of you, for participating in my Monthly Mingle. It was scrumptious!

And please do not forget about the H2Ope for Haiti Raffle! You have until Midnight Sunday 28 February to buy your tickets here for any or all of these fabulous prizes you can find here on Jeanne of Cook Sister!’s blog. I have donated this box of Fabulous French Baking Treasures.


Sarah M. said...

What a wonderful and varied collection of bread and chocolate.
Pain du chocolat is one of my favorite foods but its interesting to see what other ideas there are.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

What a lovely round-up of bread and chocolate Jamie. They are all beautiful, but the chocolate pretzel is calling my name.

sunita said...

What a delicious round up this is, one is spoilt for choice. Thanks Jamie

Jamie said...

@My Caroline Kitchen : Sam, right? I am so making those pretzels!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What a fantastic roundup! I am now drooling all over my keyboard...



diva said...

Fab collection and truly a match made in heaven. Bread and chocolate is just mindblowingly good. :) I'm loving Aparna's chocolate brioche with the sugar topping. So good!

MeetaK said...

oh my goddness my waistline expand twofolds with this roundup. first jamie - thanks for jumping in so quickly and being the best hostess. second thanks to everyone for being so creative. impressive looking roundup!

Happy Cook said...

Beautiful and delcious roundup. I can sit here and drool on each of the pics.Thankyou for hosting and doing all the work for the event.

ABowlOfMush said...

Wow everything looks amazing!

Mmm yum I love chocolate bread, in any form! :)

Deeba PAB said...

OK now I'm sulking because you ate my bread sistah!! Where are my rolls??

Barbara Bakes said...

Great roundup! So many fabulous recipes to try! I baked up a chocolate cherry quick bread for your mingle, but it wasn't chocolatey enough and I didn't want to post it :-(

Cool Lassi(e) said...

What an awesome roundup! Now I have to try some of these as they are look drool-worthy!

Sarah, Maison Cupcake said...

Fabulous round up, you did great job of hosting as I know you stepped in at last minute.

So disappointed I was not able to submit anything in time but I hope to be mingling next month.

Soma said...

This is one happy round up! Thank you Jamie for doing it so beautifully.

Asha @ FSK said...

Awesome! what a round up! So many breads I need to make now :DD

Elra said...

What a beautiful round ups Jaime. They all look very delicious.

Barbara Bakes said...

Thanks for encouraging me to post my Triple Chocolate Cherry Bread! I think you're my new favorite person!

Chow and Chatter said...

wow what a amazing round up I want to taste them all !
hope your well Jamie

Love Rebecca

Mary said...

Jamie, the round-up is wonderful and has sparked lots of ideas. I'll try to visit all of the participants. Have a grand day.

Rambling Tart said...

Oh Jamie, what a splendid idea. :-) My family is Danish and I grew up eating thinly sliced chocolate on thickly buttered rye bread. So wonderful. :-)

Junglefrog said...

What an amazing round up of gorgeous recipes!! For sure a couple of them worth trying out!

Adele said...

Jamie, obviously I wasn't the only one thinking your theme was fabulous. Great round-up, thanks very much.

Mowie @ Mowielicious said...

Oh my! This is some party you're having here. I'm so sorry I couldn't take part this month, my plate is so full (no pun intended!), hopefully I'll be able to join you gals for the next one. Great round-up Jamie. Miss you xxx

creampuff said...

Well you'll get no argument from me on that point! I'm a huge bread and chocolate fan especially when the "chocolate" is Nutella! Love it!

5 Star Foodie said...

A fantastic round up! Really wonderful creations here!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Lovely round-up!
Such a remarkable combination.

Cindystar said...

Wowwwwwwww ... what a choco lovely dance!
Thanks again for hosting such a delicious event, Jamie!

Ann said...

Nice round-up - so many recipes, so little time. I really wanted to send in an entry as I am a recovering breadaholic and 12-step dropout chocophile. I attempted an orange/chocolate/bread pudding and ended up with mush covered in a crust with a blob of chocolate. Awful. It would have stuck out like a sore thumb in your list of goodies, so I stayed far, far,away!

Jamie said...

@Ann - thanks for checking in and giving me a chuckle. We all have kitchen disasters and some of us toss them in the trash never uttering a word and others gather up their courage and actually post them. Personal choice, but your avowal here has me laughing! Do join us next month where the theme is champagne (on Meeta's blog).

Rachel said...

Each is beautiful and a roundup well done.

Nicisme said...

What a gorgeous line up of wonderful treats! I honestly don't know where to start first - probably should work my way through the list in a sensible order, lol!
Thank you Jamie for doing this!

Annarasa said...

Beautiful round-up of such delicious treats Jamie!! Delighted to see that the rolls have found a home at last:)


SipitySup said...

beautiful stuff. (burp...) GREG

theUngourmet said...

It's bread and chocolate heaven! Everything looks completely delicious! I really like the look of that chocolate pretzel.

Katy ~ said...

A chocolate and bread extravaganza and certainly a feast for the eyes and the belly! Each recipe is beautiful, elegant, irresistible. Well done and many kudos to all who participated.

Such sweet inspiration!

Sweets By Vicky said...

Awesome monthly mingle! This is probably the best place to get away with chocolate for breakfast!

Parita said...

A fantastic roundup!!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

A gorgeous idea Jamie! I wish I had more time in front of an oven to participate in this. I had every intention to! But it looks like you had a sterling turnout! :D

Sari said...

What a wonderful mouthwatering round up! But I don't see my chocolate brioche here :(

Jeanne @ Cooksister! said...

Oh my... what a delectable collection! I think I may have gained some pounds just looking that them :) Great roundup Jamie!

asiangrrl said...

Oh my goodness. This post is like true food pr0n to me, Jamie. I'm bookmarking it so I can drool over it periodically.

Mike said...

When I was little my mom would make chocolate chip muffins and whenever I ate them I was in heaven. I'd also share them with my friends and they would be in heaven too.


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