American chocolate bread

Yield: 8 servings

Measure Ingredient
1½ cup All-purpose flour or bread flour
1 cup Warm water (105 - 115 F)
2 \N Envelopes dry yeast
2 tablespoons Honey
\N \N Dough:
1 cup Lukewarm milk (95 F)
3 tablespoons Butter, melted
4 \N To 5 cups all-purpose flour or bread flour
8 ounces Semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 \N Egg beaten with 2 Tbs whipping cream (glaze)
\N \N Sugar

Makes 8 small loaves


For sponge: Whisk flour, water, yeast and honey in large bowl until smooth. cover with plastic. Let stand in warm draft-free area 1 hour.

For dough: Stir down sponge, using wooden spoon. Blend in milk, butter and salt. Mix in enough flour ½ cup at a time to form soft dough. Knead on floured surface until smooth and no longer sticky, adding more flour if necessary, about 10 minutes.

Grease large bowl. Add dough, turning to coat entire surface. Cover bowl with plastic. Let rise in warm draft-free area until doubled, about 1¼ hours.

Grease eight 2 ½ x 4 ½-inch loaf pans. Gently knead dough on lightly floured surface until deflated. Pat out to ¾ inch-thick rectangle. Cut into 8 even pieces. Pat each out into 4x7-inch rectangle. Spread 1 ounce chocolate on short end of each. Roll up jelly roll fashion. Pinch seam and ends to seal. Arrange seam side down in prepared pans. Cover with kitchen towel. Let rise for 15 minutes to lighten.

Preheat oven to 375 F. Brush loaves with egg glaze and sprinkle with sugar. Bake until light brown and loaves sound hollow when tapped on bottom, about 30 minutes. Immediately remove from pans. Cool on racks 10 minutes. Serve loaves hot.

Variation: Spread 1 Tbs raspberry preserves on short end of dough before adding chopped chocolate.

Bon Appetit

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