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rainbow swirl bread recipe

Rainbow Swirl Bread Recipe

  • Author: nags
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Diet: Vegetarian


A beautiful bread recipe with rainbow colours swirled through it. Slice and enjoy toasted with some salted butter and jam! Kids will surely love this one


  • Plain Flour – 3 cups
  • Warm Water – 1 cup (see notes)
  • Yeast- 2 teaspoons
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon
  • Sugar – 2 tablespoons
  • Olive oil – 2 tablespoons


  1. Mix all ingredients except the oil and knead until soft. This should take around 5-7 minutes
  2. Add 1 tablespoon oil and knead again until the dough becomes springy to touch. It should be not sticky. If sticky, add a little flour. If too dry, you can add more water by the teaspoon
  3. Transfer this dough into an oiled boil, cover, and leave in a warm place to double in size. Usually takes about an hour or so
  4. When doubled in size, punch the dough down and knead slightly
  5. Divide into equal parts to add colour – I divided into 6 equal parts
  6. Add 2-3 drops of food colour to each dough portion and gently knead in with your fingers until you get a marbled look
  7. Repeat with all the dough portions
  8. Let them rest for about 10 minutes and then roll out each portion into a long piece.
  9. Stack them up as you roll them. They don’t need to be perfectly equal, just roughly the same size as you stack them
  10. Roll firmly from one side until you get a log
  11. Place in a well oiled bread pan and cover gently
  12. Leave in a warm place to double again in size
  13. Pre-heat oven to 180 C and bake for about 25-30 minutes until golden brown on top and cooked through
  14. Cool completely before slicing


  • Depending on the type of flour and temperature / humidity where you live, the amount of water required will vary. Add more or less depending on how the dough turns out – dry vs sticky
  • This is the food colour I used but any kind should work fine

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