Bread week. I hate bread week because I have an apparently inability to successfully prove bread. Every time I have ever made bread in the past the ‘wait until it has doubled in size’ thing has just never worked. It’s either exactly the same as when I made it, or marginally bigger with no sign of improving.
But I give it a go every year anyway because that’s what the bake along is all about. (I missed last week though as we were on holiday – apologies!)
This week the bakers had to make a chocolate based signature bread, dampfnudel and a savoury plaited centrepiece showstopper.
Knowing how useless I usually am at bread, the idea of plaiting it is quite frankly terrifying so I wrote that idea off straight away. I actually quite fancied trying the steamed dampfnudel but I don’t own the correct type of pan and buying a whole new pan for the week would have somewhat blown my budget. So chocolate bread it was.
Chocolate Bread With Salted Caramel
- 100g Plain Chocolate (70% cocoa)
- 100g White Chocolate
- 25g Dr Oetker Salted Caramel Crunch
- 25g Unsalted Butter
- 350g Very Strong White Bread Flour
- 50g Light Brown Sugar
- 1tsp Salt
- 2tbsp Cocoa Powder
- 1 sachet of Easy Bake Yeast
- 250ml Warm Water
- Melt 75g of the dark chocolate with the butter in a bowl over a pan of hot water.
- Put the flour, sugar, salt, cocoa powder, yeast and warm water into a mixer with a dough hook attachment.
- Add the melted chocolate and butter mixture then knead for five minutes.
- Chop the remaining chocolate into smallish chunks.
- Knead the chocolate chunks and salted caramel crunch pieces into the dough by hand.
- Shape the dough into a sausage and put it into a greased bundt tin.
- Leave to prove until double in size (approx. 45 minutes)
- Preheat oven to 170°C (Fan)
- Bake for 30 minutes
- Decorate with grated white chocolate.
It actually did the doubling in size thing!! I made bread that wasn’t a pancake!!!
The salted caramel pieces add a bit of texture and a subtle savoury note against the sweet chocolate and it tastes lovely with proper butter spread nice and thickly over it.
This has taken away some of my fear of bread – a small taste of success that has left me wondering if maybe I’ve just been doing it wrong in the past. I can do it after all!
The Great Bloggers Bake Off 2016 is hosted by Jenny at Mummy Mishaps and is sponsored by Tesco.
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