Thursday, October 20, 2011

Bake Along #12 - Chocolate Cherry Bread Loaf

Chocolate and cherry, that's the theme for our this bake along. Initially i wanted to bake a cake or a brownie but i still have a few pieces of cakes in my fridge so i thought baking a bread loaf instead. Now this isnt the fluffy type of bread loaf, i've used a recipe from a chinese book meant for a rustic looking european bread , Pain de Campagne but it's not dense. Just a little soft and chewy kind of loaf. To fit into the chocolate and cherry theme, i've added some cocoa powder to the dough, also some chocolate chips and dried cherries as filling.

Ingredients ( makes 1 big loaf )
hi protein flour 250gm
wholemeal flour 50gm
salt 1tsp ( 6gm)
instant yeast 1 tsp ( 3gm)
caster sugar 1.5 tbsp
cocoa powder
water 190ml

40gm dried cherries
30gm chocolate chips

1. Put in all the ingredients except water into the mixing bowl and use a fork to stir to combine all of these dry ingredients.
2. On the mixer on low speed, slowly add in water . Increase the speed of the mixer after you put in all the water and keep beating till a smooth dough is formed. This will take roughly about 10-15 minutes. Remove from machine, on a floured surface, lightly knead to form into a round shape and let if proof until double its volume.
3. After proofing, lightly knead the dough again, shape intpo round and let it rest for 20 minutes. After resting for 20minutes, roll the dough out into round circle  sprinkle the dried cherries and choc chips all over and form into one big round loaf.
4.Transfer the shaped loaf into the baking tin and let it proof for the 2nd time for 45 minutes or almost double its size. Make criss cross patterns on the loaf using a sharp knife ( or scissor ) in my case or just leave it plain round. Bake in a preheated oven 220C at 10minutes, sprinkle with water and then 180C at 25 minutes.

we will be baking Key Lime Cupcakes on Nov21 from the book, Bon Appetit ( page 134) or refer here . You can also use any other key lime cupcakes recipes you have. If you are keen, just post it up on that day and submit your link  to Joyce, Zoe or myself . If you have baked anything with chocolate and cherries, you can link back to this post , the link below is open up till 25October.


  1. A lovely twist with the addition of chocolate and cherries in a rustic bread! Love it. Good with coffee! I like the look of the bread. Looks good, Lena!

  2. saya sedang mencari resepi yang sihat begini.Terima kasih Lena.Insyallah saya akan mencuba resepi ini dalam masa yang terdekat.

  3. Lena, you are very clever adding chocolate and cherry into your bread. Indeed the loaf looks very rustic, not forgetting delicious too!

  4. If I have the time I will try to participate as we are in the process of moving to S.F. Too many things to do :)

  5. This sounds delicious and looks so country and rustic....I have been so busy lately, I don't have the time to stock up on flour!

  6. Look absolutely delicious Lena! gloria

  7. Hi Lena, first of all, I love your chicken pongteh.
    You by any chance have Nyonya genes?
    A Nyonya lady who cannot cook pongteh might miss the ferry.

    As this will be one of the main dishes she has to cook old days when marriages are arranged by auntie Kay Poh Chi and prospective In-laws get invited for dinner.
    Taste, scent colour will be noted by prospective MIL....

    And for the pongteh to really have that 'ooomph'...I understand from my Nyonya aunties, my wife (she not a Nyonya, but cooks better than most Nyonyas) cook early morning so chicken, potatos has absorbed a bit of the gravy.
    MIL afraid her son die of starvation.
    Lena, you are good. My compliments.

    Your chocolate cheery cake looks so tempting!
    Its beautifully done, and texture, inside too looks so inviting to hint get invitation come for tea.
    Incidentally, any in your house have weight problems? ARHAAAA HA HA.
    Have fun, Lena.

  8. Lena...this looks are clever to add in cherries and chocolate chips to the rustic bread...I bet your gals love it to bits :)

  9. This is perfect with a cup of coffee. I'll love pinching off this bread and my Girl will love pinch off the dried cherries

  10. Hi Lena, wow looks extremely delicious and lovely. Can imagine the smell from here, hahah Have a nice day.

  11. Lena, your chocolate cherry bread got me drooling over here. Eaten with a cup of hot black coffee, yes, I would feel like in heaven :D

  12. the loaf is so tempting Lena!
    can share with me? :)

  13. Lena, though chocolate is in my ban list, I don't mind having this if I have a chance. :)

  14. It looks divine!Well done,dear Lena!xxx

  15. Not only are you a good cook, you are a good baker too :)

  16. haha bikin malu saja:)..sebenarnya Cm nak komen tp masuk link yg salah..ingat bila nak komen kena letak link:) ..sorry dear(pstt geli hati btol bila dah tua macam ini la)

  17. I like the rustic look so much, closing my eyes to imagine the taste :)

  18. This is not what I expected the bread to look like. My mom always brings me some dried cherries from Michigan when she come to visit in the winter. Cheeries and chocolate just go together, and this bread looks wonderful!

  19. Wow, all the chocolate flowing out when eating it....nice!

  20. How perfect! This is really fit for a king. You always have such wonderful recipes. It is a pleasure to visit here. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  21. Can imaging how lovely the fragrance of this bread can be, the bitter chocolate and the sweet cherry! love the rustic look too!

  22. Thumbs UP! Lena :)
    Love your creation, must be very yummy with cherries and chocolate chips in the bread.

  23. Wow! This bread looks phenomenal! I am totally bookmarking this to make it during the holidays... Yum!

  24. hi lena..
    nampak sedap loaf tu lena.. sedap cicah dengan nescafe panas.. hehe..

    oh ya.. sorry yesterday tak sempat nak bgtau u i dah pos n3 steamed radish cake tu... sibuk sikit.. tak sempat nak bw.. lagipun semalam tu autopublish n3 cos semalam i cuti ada kerja yang nak dibuat.. thanks again ya..

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  26. Definitely special, blend cherry in chocolate bread loaf! Yum Yum :)

  27. What a cool bread! Look juicy delicious. Btw, great to have the link. Honestly, I haven't ready yet. haha.... Probably next round. thanks!
    Have a lovely evening.

  28. This bread look wonderful by adding cherries and chocolate.

  29. joyce: thanks, Joyce. I aslo like the look of this bread, haha!

    CM: jaga badan ya , kak! and dont worry abt your link, we've deleted that. No problem!!

    zoe: i think chocs are quite common in bread but not so much for cherries, thanks for choosing the theme!

    gert: hey, not to worry, you are so busy with your RS mould and you 're moving also? good luck to you!!

    Jeannie: haha! why lah so busy??

    Gloria: thanks!

    lee : thanks for your compliments on my chicken pongteh. Oh really, all nyonyas must know how to cook this? YOu're right, it tastes better if leave longer for the taste to fully absorb. weight problem in the house.

    Elin: yes, they do..not so much on the cherries though.

    claire: of course not! i'll wait for you, we go together!!

    wendy: then who's going to eat the choc? haha!

    amelia: bread smell?? mm, thanks!

    Yvonne: no lah, you've over rated me!

    Alice : come, come!!

    sheoh yan: why ban chocolate?? on strict diet?

    lenia: thanks, dear!

    deniz: hi, nice to have you dropping by!

    tigerfish: wow, what a nice compliment..not as good as you may think! ha!!

    jay: hi, how are you?

    lhb: me too love the look of this bread!Thanks!

    lyndsey: indeed a nice pairing ! It's also not very easy to get dried cherries from my place here.

    Pete: not that much la!

    Mary: it's always nice to have you dropping by. have a great weekend!

    tze: thanks and have a good break!

    anncoo: thanks. not bad!

    sook: glad to hear that, i love your kimbap too!

    ratna: hey, dont worry. i dah nampak post ratna dekat dashboard saya, that's why i know you posted that radish cake. Thanks!!

    cloudia: hi, thanks for coming by. will visit you soon!

    DG: thanks so much!

    kristy: hey friend, dont worry, it's not really an event but just have fun baking along! have a lovely evening!

  30. sonia: thanks a lot! i'm already drooling at all your kuihs !!

  31. Lena, I'm guilty where bread is concern. I bet yours is flavorful which I'd like to have a taste..!!

  32. I love rustic bread and always wish I can bake this one day at my own home!

  33. I enjoyed following the whole entry, I always thought one of the main things to count when you write a blog is learning how to complement the ideas with images, that's exploiting at the maximum the possibilities of a ciber-space! Good work on this entry!