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
instant yeast 1 tsp ( 3gm)
caster sugar 1.5 tbsp
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.