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Chocolate Sourdough Bread

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When chunks of chocolate are added to delicious sourdough bread, something truly magical happens. On top of smelling amazing, this bread is almost like a giant chocolate croissant, and is perfect for a special breakfast, brunch, or snack (especially lightly toasted and smeared with butter or Nutella and served warm).
 
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Step 1: You'll Need. . .

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Software:
  • 1/2 cup fed/prepared sourdough starter (you can make your own or if you're too timid for that, you can purchase some, or if you're lucky (and have awesome friends) you can get some from one of your pals)
  • 3/4 cups water (lukewarm)
  • 1 teaspoon yeast
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate (cut into large chunks)
  • About a teaspoon of vegetable oil to grease your pan
Hardware:
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Clean towel to cover bowl
  • Sheet pan (or baking stone or bread pan, if you're into that kind of thing)
  • Spray bottle filled with water
  • Serrated bread knife or other sharp knife

Step 2: Mix and Rise

  1. Combine all ingredients except for the chocolate and mix until just combined (I just use my hands, but you can use a spoon or standmixer if you prefer)
  2. Add the chocolate to the dough and mix well (try to make sure that the chocolate is distributed evenly through the dough)
  3. Cover the mixing bowl with the towel and allow to rise until doubled in size (approximately 90 minutes)

Step 3: Shape It Up

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  1. Give the dough a few gentle kneads (nothing crazy, just to make sure everything is well mixed)
  2. Lightly grease the baking sheet and place the dough onto it, gently shaping it into an oval loaf (if you prefer pan-shaped loaves rather than free-formed, you can use a bread pan instead)
  3. Cover and allow to rise until for about 1 hour or until it puffs up - towards the end the rising time you'll want to preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit
ccain71 year ago
looks yummy and, hopefully, easy enough for a beginner
shesparticular (author)  ccain71 year ago
:)
I made this last weekend, pretty tasty, even though I'm not a huge chocolate person. I'm not sure if I did something wrong, but the sourdough wasn't as sour as I was expecting. That didn't stop us from gobbling it up though!
shesparticular (author)  keamccullough3 years ago
Glad you enjoyed it!

I've found that the sourness depends mostly on how sour the starter is, and though I haven't tried it, I've read that feeding a starter with rye flour can help increase its sourness.

Hope that helps some!
I've found feeding it reduces the sour. I don't know if this is an aerobic/anaerobic thing, or just acids being spread out over new flour; but if you don't feed it for a couple of days on the countertop, or maybe 10 days in the fridge it should be sharp unto stanky.
Thanks, I'll give that a try next time!
bajablue3 years ago
Bread/yeast baking is my nemesis... but DANG, this Bread looks SO YUMMY!

Best of Luck to you!!!!
shesparticular (author)  bajablue3 years ago
Thanks so much! My fingers are crossed for you in all your bread/yeast related endeavors!
mikeasaurus3 years ago
just when I thought sourdough couldn't get any better!
shesparticular (author)  mikeasaurus3 years ago
Yay! You should give it a shot!