Chocolate Swirl Bread

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I am done with midterms! Hip, hip, hooray!!! And as usual, to celebrate, I’ll blog. Today we have a chocolate swirl bread (insert “ooooohs” and “ahhhs”)–and it is delicious. I followed the recipe exactly and the dough came out to be a little saltier than I would have liked it, so I would probably reduce it to 1 teaspoon next time. I also used bread flour instead of all-purpose flour, and the bread was extremely moist and had the right amount of chocolate. Definitely perfect to go with your cup of coffee in the morning!!

Chocolate Swirl Bread
Makes one loaf
Adapted from Recipe Interrupted

Ingredients:

3 cups bread flour, plus a little more for kneading and rolling
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon instant yeast
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 cup warm water
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 egg yolk

Mix together the flour, sugar, salt, and yeast. Add the warm water and melted butter; mix until incorporated. If ingredients do not form a ball, add in a few more tablespoons of water. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly. Add in a little flour if the dough is too loose or wet. Place the dough in a buttered mixing bowl, rolling the dough around in it briefly to coat the dough lightly with butter. Cover bowl with a damp cloth and allow dough to rise for 2 hours in a warm spot, until about doubled in size.

Mean while, make the chocolate ganache filling. Place the chocolate in a small mixing bowl. Heat the cream just to boiling and pour over chocolate. Let it sit for about 5 minutes, until chocolate is completely melted. Whisk the chocolate and cream together until smooth, then whisk in the egg yolk. Allow the ganache to set in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes before using.

Once the dough has risen, roll if out to about 13″ x 18″ on a lightly floured surface. Spread the ganache on the dough; leave about a 1/2-inch border. Roll the dough into a log beginning with the long edge. Cut the dough in the middle. Stretch out dough slightly and twist the two lengths of dough together. Place the twisted dough into the loaf pan, tucking the end down towards the bottom of the pan.Brush the exposed surface of the dough with egg white. Bake for 50 minutes (mine was done earlier), or until bread is golden brown. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool for at least 15 minutes before slicing and serving.

P.S. If you head over Recipe Interrupted’s post, there are step by step pictures!
(Photo Credit for my post: Samantha Ho)

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Mmmm. I love bread. As you continue to read my blog, you’ll find that 1) I’m a picky eater, and 2) I love bread. I’m a total carb girl. My favorite part in a dumpling is the outer dough-y skin. My favorite part in a pizza is the crust (I actually sometimes eat everything separately. Toppings, then some of the cheese, then the bread). I love carbs, and that’ll probably all come back to bite me in the butt later on. But for now…bread4life. Actually, wait. Using the words bread and life in the same sentence reminds me of this:

“Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.'” – John 6:35 (ESV)

Desiring God says this: “Jesus is the bread that endures to eternal life. Coming to Jesus and trusting him is what it means to eat the true bread of heaven.” Eating the true bread of heaven means putting our faith in Jesus Christ and believing in the gospel. The gospel is the greatest act of love and the greatest gift one can receive. Jesus sent His son to die on the cross for our inadequacies, our sinfulness. Because of Christ’s work on the cross, we have a new life in Jesus and we will receive eternal life in heaven. It’s mindblowing–who would send his one and ONLY son to die for ME, a sinner unworthy of mercy and grace? Who would love me unconditionally despite all my sinful actions? Who would DIE on the cross to save MY sins, something that he didn’t even do? The answer to all of them: Jesus Christ. He is our Savior, our beloved. He is the bread of life.

Soli Deo Gloria, and Happy Reading, Eating, and Baking!

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