Chocolate chip bread. The last of the chocolate recipes for February, but defiantly not the last that you will ever see, not even soon. Two recipes for you two choose from this week. The first recipe is just an adaption from a past recipe. Remember the Crusty Bread recipe I shared with you last year? Its one that I use all the time for a lot of our wine and cheese socials. I am always playing around with different ingredients and this time I threw in some chocolate chips and a little extra sugar in it. Last week, I cubed up the bread and used a mascarpone cheese spread with it. Delicious! You can grab the recipe by clicking on the crusty bread link above. The next recipe is a bit different. I got it from my Taste of Home cookbook that I have had for years. Its a little sweeter and does not have the crunchy outer shell. I would say this is more of a dessert bread. It would be fun to hear which you prefer. I know my favorite.
Crusty Chocolate Chip bread.- Cut into cubes and serve with honey butter, cinnamon butter or mascarpone.
Chocolate Chip Egg Bread – 2 loaves
3 1/2 C flour, 1/4 C sugar, plus 1 TB divided, 3/4 tsp. salt, 1/2 TB yeast, 3/4 warm water, 3 TB oil, 2 eggs, and 4-5 oz. semi sweet chocolate chips.
Egg wash – 1 egg and 1 tsp. water
Whisk flour, sugar and salt in a stand mixer. In another bowl whisk 1/2 TB sugar, yeast and water together. Set aside for 5 minutes until foamy. Whisk in oil and eggs. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Beat first until blended. Then use your dough hook and knead until incorporated. Knead in chocolate chips by hand.
Divide dough in half and place in two separate greased bowls, turning dough to coat. Cover and allow to rise about 90 minutes until doubled in size.
After 90 minutes, roll each each a smooth round loaf. Place both loaves on a parchment lined baking sheet. Cover an let rise until doubled or proof in the oven until happy with the size.
Beat egg and water. Brush over loaves. Sprinkle remaining sugar over the top of each loaf. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Cover with foil and bake and additional 15 minutes until golden. Cool before cutting.