Saturday, January 12, 2013

Bittersweet Chocolate Bread (苦甜巧克力麵包)


I can't say I'm an expert when it comes to bread making, but at least there are a few that I know how to make pretty well, and this is one of them. I love the process of making bread. It takes a long time (as if it's testing your patience), but it's quite rewarding. You really get to see and feel the changes in the dough and appreciate the art of it. Not to mention when the bread is ready to come out of the oven, it makes your house smell like a professional bakery!


Here in Quebec, bread is an important part of the diet, just like in France. There are plenty of bakeries, and as good as some of them are, I still think it's not quite the same as baking it yourself, because you get to choose whatever kind of loaf you'd like to make. I like to be in control of the ingredients I put in the bread, such as avoiding bleached flour and white sugar, or using more whole wheat flour and nuts, etc. Some bakeries add preservatives or chemicals to make their bread last longer and rise better, and because of that, they tend to have very different texture and taste than homemade bread. 


The recipe I'm going to share with you, I've made several times for friends, and I've been getting some recipe requests for it lately. I use a mixer. (If you happen to have one, it makes your life a whole lot easier.) Even though I add some whole wheat pastry flour, which is a little denser, the bread is still light and fluffy. The best part is the chocolate flavor (one benefit of using high quality bittersweet chocolate). It really makes a difference when you use high quality chocolate and cocoa powder. If you know any chocoholics, like some of my friends, I guarantee you that they would happily receive this homemade bread from you over and over again!

Bittersweet Chocolate Bread

A:  180 g bread flour
      80 g whole wheat pastry flour
      40 g all-purpose flour
      25 g light brown sugar
      10 g cocoa powder
      3 g salt

B:  150 g lukewarm milk (about 105ºF/41ºC )
      25 g maple syrup or sugar
      8 g active dry yeast 

2 T cream
45 g dark chocolate chips or pieces

egg, beaten 45 g (less than 1 egg)

C:  25 g coconut oil, room temperature
     15 g unsalted butter, room temperature

D:  30 g walnuts, chopped
     25 g dried cranberries

more unsalted butter (about 1 T) to finish the bread, cut into 1/4 inch wide long pieces

1. Place ingredients A in the mixer bowl.

2. Mix ingredients B together in a small bowl and let sit for at least 10 minutes.

3. Heat the cream in a small pot until just hot, but not bubbling. Turn off the heat and add the dark chocolate pieces, then let sit for 5 minutes. Stir the cream and chocolate mixture with a small whisk and mix well. 

4. Add B, the chocolate sauce, and egg to the the mixer bowl with A

5. Turn on the mixer and mix at a low speed. *It will look a little dry in the beginning, but give it a minute. If it's still very dry and the dough is not coming together, add a little of water.

6. When the dough starts to come together, add C in the mixer. Slowly bring the speed up to medium and let it mix for about 10 minutes or until the dough is very smooth and shiny.

7. Take the dough out of the mixer and incorporate with the ingredients D, then shape it round and place in a large closed and oiled container. Let it proof in a warm place for about 60-90 minutes, until the size is double.

8. Scoop out the risen dough onto a cleaned surface. Gently press the dough down to release the gas. Divide the dough into 6 even pieces. Shape each piece into a round. Cover them with a damp cloth and let rest for 15 minutes. 

9. Remove the cloth. Roll each ball with a rolling pin into about 5 inch long oval shape. Fold the two long sides under, then roll and shape with your palms into a mini log, about 6 inches long. 

10. Place all the logs on the baking tray. Cover them with a damp cloth and let rise again in a warm place for about 30-45 minutes until they double in size.

11. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF. Remove the damp cloth. With a small paring knife, gently score the surface of the bread to make a lengthwise incision down the center. Line the butter pieces on top of the score mark.

12. Place the bread on the middle rack in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool on a rack and serve.

若要自稱做麵包達人,是不怎麼敢當.. 但至少也算拿手,還端得出幾個代表作的麵包! (撥留海) 因為麵包需要發酵的關係,製做過程往往要花上好幾個小時,簡直是在考驗一個人的耐性! 但我還是很喜歡在這個等待過程中所看到及感受到的麵糰變化,尤其是當麵包從烤箱出爐的模門特,濃郁的麵包香立刻充斥整間房子,尤如那些專業麵包店一樣,令我一整個好有成就感啊! (轉圈)


在充滿法國文化的魁北克,麵包算是飲食中相當重要的一個角色。這裡好吃的麵包店相當多,但不管再怎麼好吃,跟自己親手做的就是不一樣。自己做麵包可以決定口味及種類(就像今天要介紹給大家的) ,也可以控制糖份,更可以盡情的添加自己最愛的健康食材,如全麥粉、堅果..等等,以及排擠不得我緣的白糖..哈哈哈。有些黑心麵包店,為了延長麵包保存期限,讓麵包質感更鬆軟,會額外添加防腐劑或不知名化學物質,非常不健康!


今天分享的這個麵包,麵糰是用攪拌器攪打好的,很輕鬆不難。我雖然添加了一些全麥麵粉,但麵包鬆軟度依舊百分百喔! 其中,最與眾不同的點是,獨家的濃郁苦甜巧克力口味!! (尖叫) 我幫幾個喜愛巧克力的捧油們做過幾次,都深受好評,從此每天在我家門口站岡用史瑞克裡長靴貓的眼神央求我再做給他們吃,again and again.. and....... again(好啦~ 這段有點豪洨,請自行跳過XD) 總之,若你的家人或捧油也是巧克力重度粉絲,這款麵包將會是很好的自製禮物喔!



A:  高筋麵粉 180公克
     全麥麵粉 80公克
     中筋麵粉 40公克
     可可粉 10公克
     紅糖 25公克

B:  微溫的牛奶 150公克
     楓糖或白糖 25公克
     一般乾酵母 8公克
     鮮奶油 2大匙
     苦甜巧克力碎塊或粒 45公克

(打散) 45公克

C:  椰子油 25公克 *若冰在冰箱,要先回溫
     回溫無鹽奶油 15公克

D:  核桃 30公克
     蔓越莓 25公克

無鹽奶油 15公克 切成小細條 

1. A料一起放入攪拌容器內。

2. B料放在一個小容器內,攪拌均勻後放置10分鐘。

3. 在小鍋中倒入鮮奶油,加熱後立即熄火,倒入巧克力塊放置5分鐘後拌均勻。

4. B料,蛋和拌好的巧克力醬加入A料。

5. 開啟攪拌攪以低速攪拌。*剛開始攪拌有可能看起來有點乾,若攪拌1分鐘後還很乾,可加少許的水

6. 當所有材料攪成一個麵團時,加入C,慢慢的增加到中,讓它攪拌10分鐘或到表面光滑不沾手為止。

7. 把麵團從容器拿出來,加入D料均勻揉入後將光滑面揉滾圓,收口處朝下放入一個有抹油的大容器密封,放置在溫暖的地方發酵11個半小時或直到漲大兩倍後拿出。

8. 將麵團從容器取出,放置乾淨的桌面,用手輕輕的壓下以將麵團裡的空氣擠出來,平均分成6等份,再將每一等份揉成圓狀,蓋上溼布休息15分鐘。


10. 蓋上溼布後放置溫暖處再發酵約30-45分至漲大。

11. 烤箱先預熱至180C。拿掉濕布,用小刀輕輕的在表面劃一道很淺裂痕(0.2 cm),在裂痕放上切成細條的奶油。

12. 放入烤箱中層烘烤15-18分鐘。在鐵架上放涼後即可食用。

I used both coconut oil and unsalted butter, but you can use all butter instead if you can't find any coconut oil


 Add ingredients C only after the dough starts to come together


Left: With a small paring knife, gently score the surface of the bread to make a lengthwise incision down the center

Right: Line the butter pieces on top of the score mark
右圖: 在裂痕放上切成細條的奶油

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recipe! I know someone who's gonna love this bread. The drawings are a nice touch.