I know it's been long since I post a new recipe here. So I'm gonna redeem myself today. This evening I was making a good chocolate braids that according to my sisters, taste like a cake! I'm not sure which part of it that taste like cake cause I'm definitely certain that it tasted like a good white loaf bread instead, just in chocolate color.
And I bet it tastes as good toasted with a little butter! Can't wait to try it yourself? No sweat, here's the recipe.
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 1 cup Milk, warm
- 2 1/4 tsp Instant yeast
- 2 Tbsp Softened butter
- 1 Egg, unbeaten
- 1/2 ts Vanilla Essence
- 3 cups All purpose flour
- 1/4 c Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Combine sugar and warm milk in a big bowl. Stir to melt the sugar a little. Then, sprinkle the yeast over the warm milk. Let stand for 5 minutes
- Add in softened butter + egg + vanilla essence. Stir everything to combine. Then add all the flour and cocoa powder. Stir everything until becoming a dough. Use your hand to knead the dough for a few minutes to get a smooth, soft ball.
- Lightly coat the dough and the bowl with olive oil, then cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let rise for 45 minutes or until double in size
- Once the dough has rising, punch it down to let the air out. Knead a few times then let it relax
- Making the braid: Cut the dough into six equal parts
- Roll each ball into 10" ropes, using 3 ropes to twist into braid. This will make two braids of chocolate loaves
- Let rise again for 30 minutes. Before baking, brush tops with egg white then sprinkle over sesame seeds...
- Bake for 18 - 20 minutes in 200 C preheated oven . When you check into it, tap the crust with your knuckle. If it sounds hollow, it's ready then
- Cool on cooling rack before cutting into it. I know it's not easy, but you'll cut it easier this way
- Serve with softened butter and a glass of orange juice or a cup of coffee if you prefer...
* This is not a dessert bread. So don't expect it to be overtly sweet. It hints just a little of sweetness when you bite into it.
I'm submitting this to yeastspotting!