Elle’s food blog and recipes: Challah (chocolate bread)
My friend Trinity and I were playing a video game when we had to decide what kind of food we wanted. We chose chocolate bread because we had never heard of it before. So that weekend, I looked through my bread book and found Challah. Challah (pronounced Hall-ah) is a bread made to celebrate major Jewish holidays. It’s usually braided, but since I have a bread machine, I decided to just make it in the machine. This is a recipe for a machine, so I don’t really know how you can make it without one unless you find a different recipe.
1 cup water
1 large egg plus one yolk
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups bread flour (or all-purpose flour)
½ cup sugar
¼ cup unsweetened dutch-processed cocoa powder
1 tbsp gluten (I left this out)
1 ½ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp SAF yeast or 2 ¼ tsp bread machine yeast (this comes with the bread machine)
½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup chocolate chips
¼ cup milk
3 tbsp Butter
A splash of vanilla extract
Place the ingredients, except for the chocolate chips, in the pan according to the ingredient order. Set the crust on medium and program for the basic or sweet bread cycle; press start. (this recipe is not suitable for use with the delay timer). At the beep, add the chocolate chips.
When the baking cycle ends, immediately remove the bread from the pan and place on the rack to cool.
For the glaze, add the chocolate chips, butter and milk to a heat-proof bowl. Melt until butter and chocolate are combined. Remember that chocolate can burn easily, so melt in 30-second busts. Stir in vanilla and pour on top of the bread. This glaze will cool fast.