Mmm chocolate bread. Have you ever heard of it? Have you ever tasted it?
It's understandably a very popular choice at our house.
We first came across this delight in Thailand of all places! We were new to the city of Bangkok as tourists and ventured out on our first morning to find a grocery store with a loaf of bread to take back to our hotel. Thinking we were choosing a wholemeal or a rye, based solely on the colour of the bread (the wrapper was printed in Thai), we bought the first 'brown' thing resembling bread that we saw.
We were surprised to discover our first taste of 'Thai bread' was actually chocolate flavoured and far from the savoury loaf we were expecting. (We didn't mind though - truly!)
An addiction was born...
Here's a recipe which works in bread makers on the Sweet setting (or equivalent), which mixes and bakes between 3.15-3.30 hours (depending on your bread maker) and makes one 750gm loaf. Truly delicious!
To your pan in the order listed add:
300ml of water,
2 metric tablespoons of margarine,
3 level cups of flour,
2 tablespoons of caster sugar,
2 tablespoons of milk power,
1 tablespoon of cocoa powder (I use Cadbury's),
1/2 a teaspoon of salt,
1 teaspoon of bread improver (available at supermarkets in the flour aisle),
2 teaspoons of active dry yeast powder,
1 cup of chocolate chips (optional).
Place all ingredients into your bread maker pan (except the choc chips) and place the pan into your bread maker. Use your machine's sweet setting (or equivalent) to match the hours listed above. If your machine beeps when it is suitable to add your chocolate chips, add them as indicated. Otherwise, manually add the choc chips around 5 minutes before the kneading stage is due to end at the beginning of the bread making cycle.
You can skip the choc chips if you wish. This will make a more authentic Thai style chocolate bread like the one we first experienced.
If you are a very confident baker, this recipe could be adapted to be made by hand too.
This loaf is superb sliced and toasted on its own or served with a thin coating of your favourite spread. It is also a very popular choice at school parties and is quick and easy to prepare since the bread maker does all the work for you.
Be sure to give this one a try.
Have you ever tasted chocolate bread?
Do you use a bread maker? What is your favourite bread you create in your bread maker?
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