Delicious Chocolate-Pecan bread

It’s Tasty Tuesday and this week I’d like to share this great recipe I came up with last week.

As I was baking yet another batch of bread, I decided to mix things up a bit and create my own sweet chocolate-pecan bread. I was amazed by how tasty it was toasted with butter. In fact, It is so delicious that I ate it all in just 2 days…. Oops! So much for my “not eating too much bread for breakfast” diet.

Here’s the recipe.

 

Chocolate-Pecan bread
Yields 2
A great sweet bread that is excellent for the week-end brunch!
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French bread dough
  1. 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1 1/4 cup bread flour
  3. 1/2 teaspoon yeast
  4. 3/4 teaspoon salt
  5. 1 cup water (room temperature)
Sweet bread
  1. French bread dough
  2. 1 1/4 all-purpose flour
  3. 1 1/4 bread flour
  4. 3/4 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/2 teaspoon yeast
  6. 1 cup room temperature water
  7. 1/4 cup cane sugar
  8. 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  9. 1/4 cup high quality chocolate chips (milk or dark)
Instructions
  1. Day 1: Prepare the French bread dough
  2. Mix together all dry ingredients
  3. Slowly add water until you reach the desired consistency (aka sticky but not too much)
  4. Knead lightly by hand for about 6 minutes
  5. Let rise 1 1/2 hour or until doubled in size
  6. Punch down, cover and refrigerate overnight
Sweet bread
  1. 1 hour before making the batch, let the French bread dough warm up at room temperature (to get the chill out).
  2. Mix together the French Bread dough, flour, yeast, salt, sugar, pecans and chocolate chips.
  3. Add water until the dough is sticky, but not too much.
  4. Knead by hand for 10 minutes.
  5. Let rise in a greased bowl for 1 1/2 hour or until doubled in size.
  6. Deflate, let rise again for 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hour.
  7. Shape and put into greased pans.
  8. Preheat oven @400F.
  9. Let rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  10. Bake at 400F for about 40 minutes.
Notes
  1. Sweet breads bake faster than unsweetened ones, so make sure the oven is not too hot.
  2. You can brush the top with an egg glaze prior to baking for a nicer look.
  3. Tip: Adding a cup of hot water in a pan inside a warmed oven just when putting the pans inside will create steam and give the bread one last rise.
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