My son was blessed with a great teacher this year. She was very supportive of his bilingual status, and thought his partial European heritage is actually pretty cool ;o)
Since it was Teacher Appreciation week, I thought I would like to treat her with one of my favorite sweets from Austria: A marble bread. My dear grandma used to make lovely ones.
Making Traditional Recipes Healthier
Years ago I started substituting some of the original ingredients with more healthy options. Instead of regular white flour, I use whole wheat flour now. White sugar got replaced by brown sugar, skim milk instead of regular milk, and Canola Oil instead of butter.
1/2 Cup Canola Oil
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
1/8 Cup Skim Milk
1 Tbs Vanilla Extract
1 Tbs Baking Powder
1/2 Tsp Salt
For the Cocoa Layer
2 Tbs Cocoa Powder
3 Tbs Skim Milk
3 Tbs Brown Sugar
Start with the oil in a large bowl, add the sugar, the eggs, the flour and the rest of the ingredients, and mix until it gets smooth.
Take out 1/3 of the dough, fill it into a medium sized bowl. Add the ingredients for the cocoa layer, the cocoa, milk, and sugar. Blend until smooth.
In a greased loaf pan, fill 1/2 of the light batter. Then add the cocoa batter, and top it off with the rest of the light batter.
For the marble effect, use a fork and mix the 3 layers.
Bake in oven @ 400 F/ 200 C for 50-60 min.
My recommendation: Tastes best with a delicious cup of coffee and a good book ;o)