Chocolate Bread/Rolls | Happy 2014!

by simplylife on January 2, 2014

I know, I know.  It’s the start of a New Year and one of your resolutions is to “eat healthier.”

I 100% support you. I hope everyone feels their absolute best in 2014 and takes the best care of themselves they possibly can.


However, I find personally, I feel my best when I’m savoring all things in moderation.  When I take a moment to realize how fortunate I am to be eating a salad filled with healthy produce, when I truly thank the hosts for going out of their way to prepare the feast before us, and when I slowly nibble on the decadent dessert before me.


This chocolate bread falls in the latter category. I’ve had it in my mind to make since my husband surprised me with the cookbook, Jerusalem.  While I think it is meant for the dessert category, we definitely enjoyed this as a decadent brunch one morning.

And when eaten slowly with your favorite company and balanced out with your daily servings of fruits and veggies, I would definitely say this is part of a healthy lifestyle. 😉


Again, this recipe was adapted from Jerusalem; I also used this post from The Patterned Plate.  I made one loaf of bread and then sliced the other half into 12 pieces and baked them together in a 9×11″ baking dish to make rolls.

I can’t think of a better bite to bring in 2014!

~What resolutions have you made for 2014?

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  • itzyskitchen

    Wow! That looks amazing. I agree- moderation is key. My goals are to: 1. run a new race (either distance or type (i.e. trail race)), 2. continue to donate blood every 8 weeks, 3. do something else to donate time or money

    • Simply Life

      Good for you to be donating blood!

  • Julie Anonymous

    That looks divine! And it is like you say good to eat everything in moderation :) Over Christmas, I went over to granny’s to catch up over a cuppa, and she had made this amazing plaited bun-cake called “klippekrans”, We had it soon after it had come out of the oven with some icing and chopped nuts – amazing! I can imagine you had a similar experience with this bread :) 😉 Happy new year! I wish you and yours all the best for 2014! x J

    • Simply Life

      Oh that sounds delicious!

  • Mom

    Oh, this definitely looks wonderful and needs to be bookmarked !!! I love your versatility with recipes :) I am having a hard time eating my chocolate, carmel and walnut short bread dessert in front of me now though…ha ha

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes

    The bread looks delicious! And I totally agree with you, there is certainly room for treats in a healthy diet!

    I don’t make resolutions but refocus on making healthy choices every day.

    Wishing you a happy & healthy 2014!

  • Colleen

    This is beautiful! Wowee. It looks so impressive, but I bet it tastes even better! :)

  • Megan

    That bread is gorgeous. I’ve been eyeing that Jerusalem recipe for a while and still need to make it. Happy New Year!

  • wearenotmartha

    I totally agree with moderation and think a slice or two of this chocolate bread is the most perfect way to practice it! Happy New Year :)


  • Deepa

    Happy new year to you. The chocolate roll cake looks simply delicious and mouthwatering.

  • Bianca Garcia

    Happy New Year! I definitely agree that it’s best to start the eyar with something sweet, and everything in moderation, including chocolate and desserts, is the key to a healthy lifestyle.

  • Lawyer Loves Lunch

    I agree, chocolate and bread are definitely part of a healthy, happy life! I’ve read so many great things about the Jerusalem cookbook and can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

  • Kari

    I’m definitely for healthy with chocolate included :) Happy new year!

  • yummychunklet

    What delicious looking rolls.

  • Meri

    Oh man I don’t know what I was thinking opening up your blog right before lunch… there is no way anything I could find around here or what I brought from home will compare to that! Mmmm. Happy New Year!

    • Simply Life


  • decocinasytacones

    Happy New Year Gina.Wish you all the best with your favourite company.
    Love from Spain

    • Simply Life

      Thank you! I hope the same for you!

  • Kim of Mo’Betta

    This bread looks amazing! Happy New Year! And I haven’t really made any resolutions this year….just trying to keep on keepin’ on!

  • Amy (Savory Moments)

    This bread looks awesome! I have heard great things about this cookbook. I am not really a resolutions person, but I do set goals for myself throughout the year.

  • Joanne (eats well with others)

    I’m an all things in moderation kind of gal also. And eating a loaf of this is the kind of moderation I’d like to practice.

  • Karen (Back Road Journal)

    I agree with your thinking…a little bit of goodness in our life is never bad. This chocolate bread sounds wonderful.

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    I completely agree about balanced diets. Life is no fun if you give up all the good things!

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