Chocolate Yeast Bread

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“This recipe makes 2 gorgeous loaves sparkling with sugar crystals. The chocolate bread has chocolate chunks throughout and a slice reheated in the microwave is divine. This makes a great Christmas morning treat or gift to a friend. This bread is not difficult or complicated to make, the time involved is for double risings and restings. If you prefer you can make this with an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook. Cooking time includes 6 hours for the starter to proof. It was originally created by Paula Oland of the Balthazar Bakery in New York.”
11hrs 40mins
2 loaves

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Chocolate Bread Starter: Dissolve yeast in water for 10 minutes; stir in flour until completely mixed; cover loosely and leave to proof at room temperature 6 hours.
  2. Chocolate Yeast Bread: Stir and thoroughly mix flour, cocoa, 1/3 cup sugar, yeast, water and 1/4 cup Chocolate Bread Starter (save the remainder for another use); let rest 15 minutes.
  3. Scrape dough onto floured work surface and knead in salt and butter; knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes; knead in chopped chocolate thoroughly.
  4. Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap; let rise until doubled, about 1 1/2 hours; leaving dough in bowl, fold dough into thirds as if folding a letter for an envelope, recover with plastic wrap; let rest 30 minutes.
  5. Butter two 7"x3"x2" loaf pans and coat with remaining 2 T granulated sugar; divide dough in half and then divide each half into 4 even pieces; roll and form each piece of dough into a tight ball; place four pieces, smooth side up, side-by-side in each loaf pan; cover tightly with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature until doubled, about 2 hours.
  6. Preheat oven to 375°; combine egg yolk and cream and brush on loaves; sprinkle with turbinado sugar; place in oven, reduce temperature to 350° and bake for 40-45 minutes or until loaves have a slightly hollow sound when tapped on the bottom.
  7. Let rest in loaf pans for 5 minutes before removing to wire rack.

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