Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Whole Wheat Triple Chocolate Braided Bread

Chocolate and wheat- these are two of my favorite things!
This bread is a little dense and will require some patience. But- good things come to those who wait!

For the dough:
3 cups whole wheat flour
2 1/2 t instant yeast
1 cup warm water
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
1/2 t salt
1/4 cup melted butter
1 large egg
1/8 cup plain flour for kneading and rolling

For the filling:
1 8oz pkg cream cheese
1/3 cup melted semi sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup plain flour
1/3 cup cane sugar (or white)
1 egg yolk
1 t vanilla

For the glaze:
2 cups powdered sugar
1 t vanilla
1/4 cup heavy cream (or milk)
several T warm water (about 3 or 4)

Directions for the dough:
Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add salt, sugar, and cocoa. Blend in half the flour and melted butter. Stir in the egg. Add remaining flour slowly. You will want to leave this dough on the slightly sticky side. Allow to rise for about 40 minutes.

For the filling:
Allow cream cheese to come to room temp and whip until fluffy. Blend in melted chocolate chips and vanilla. Mix in the egg yolk and sugar. Add flour and scrape the bowl to make sure everything is incorporated.

Assemble dough and filling:
Divide dough into equal thirds. Roll each piece out into a rectangle; about 6X15.
Spread one third of the filling in each rectangle, keeping it within one inch of the edges. Roll each rectangle up and pinch closed. Lay the three rolls on baking sheet and braid. Pinch and tuck under both ends. Allow to rise 1 hour. Bake at 350 for 40 to 45 minutes on light colored baking sheet.

For the glaze:
Mix powdered sugar, vanilla, and cream. Add warm water, one tablespoon at a time until you have the glaze thin enough to drizzle. Tuck a sandwich baggie into a cup with the top open and pulled over the edges of the cup. Spoon the glaze into the baggie, pull the baggie out and twist, forcing the glaze down into the corner. Snip the corner with a pair of scissors and drizzle over your loaf once it has cooled for 15 to 20 minutes. Slice and serve! (For best slicing, use an electric knife or one with a jagged edge.)

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Joy said...

YUM!! I will have to try this my children would LOVE it!

Donna said...

Let me know if you do! Mine were standing around waiting on this to get done. Hope your crew likes it!

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