Saturday, February 13, 2010

HBinFive: Chocolate Espresso Bread

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I swear I cannot get away from the chocolate! In the last month, I've made cocoa-nana bread (not so great), mini chocolate bundts (much, much better), and brownies (best brownie ever). Someone out there is determined to make me a chocoholic.

Next up on the Healthy Bread in Five schedule was the chocolate espresso bread and the red beet buns. Honestly, I wasn't really looking forward to it. I needed a break from the chocolate overload! But, I've had such a good time and ended up with many delicious breads that I had to give the chocolate espresso bread a chance. After all, I could always eat a little and then freeze the rest. I didn't make the red beet buns. Perhaps I'll get to those later.

I went ahead and made a full batch of the bread. I made a simple loaf instead of making the chocolate tangerine bars that were an option. I didn't have any tangerines or oranges for the matter so I figured the loaf was the best option for the time being.

My only issue while making the bread was the amount of honey I put in the dough. I was about 1/8 cup short of honey. Of course, I didn't realize this until I was mixing the dough. I briefly considered subbing in the remainder with some sugar but decided against it at the last minute.

Chocolate Espressso Bread

I wish I had put a little extra sugar in the bread to make up for the slight lack of honey. The bread was really tasty, much more so than I had expected it to be. But it just needed a tad more sweetness even though it was sprinkled with turbinado sugar on top. I had a brief flashback to the unfortunate cocoa-nana bread. What saved it for me was the texture of the bread. The cocoa-nana was like eating a dark chocolate bar instead of a chocolate banana bread. The chocolate espresso bread definitely had the texture of a nice loaf of bread.  As silly as it sounds, my first thought when I tasted it was 'mmmm...it's like real bread...but chocolate!'.

I didn't get very fancy with the bread. I simply ate it by the slice. It made a great, decadent breakfast at work one morning.  I froze the rest of the dough in 1 1/2 lb pieces (using my super handy dandy new Food Saver!).  I have plans to make at least one of the frozen pieces into the chocolate espresso cupcakes that is listed with the dough recipe.  But that may be awhile.  I don't know how much more chocolate I can take for time being!

Check out the blogroll here for more delicious bread.  If you would like more information on HBinFive, visit our founder Michelle at Big Black Dog.  You can purchase the book here to get the recipes.  And you should definitely buy it!  I've loved every recipe that I've made so far.  But don't just take my word for it.  Try some for yourself!

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Michelle said...

Lucky you with your new Food Saver! I've thought about getting one for a long time now!

We liked the Espresso Bread which was mildly sweet which is perfect for us. It was really good toasted and dripping with butter!

Ezzie said...

Great post! I too get too much chocolate on occassion...who knew! LOL. I love the simplicity of just having it for breakfast! Great idea!

petra said...

You might still have felt the same with that little extra honey. I know that our senses played tricks by suggesting the look of the bread to be more brownie and yet it was bread. For breakfast it's perfect though. Top with butter and jam or honey. Yum

Elwood said...

Your bread looked great. Even with the correct amount of honey, it's still not very sweet, but I made the bars and then served them with chocolate ice cream. Oh no more chocolate!

Aparna said...

Your bread looks lovely. We don't like beets so I gave this a miss. :)

Bonnie said...

I never thought of using my food saver. Dough doesn't usually last that long around here. Great idea.

Cristie said...

Your bread looks so perfect! I think it's great that we can make changes to all of these recipes, it is the charm of this book we are baking through.

Joanne said...

It seems like february is definitely a chocolate overload kind of month! Oh well. There will be plenty of veggies in the March HBinFive recipes.

I used the full amount of honey and my bread was never very sweet. You could have also subbed in with maple syrup or agave nectar. I bet those would have been good also.

It certainly looks good!

Danielle said...

I didn't know there was such a thing as too much chocolate! LOL I'm wishing I had a slice or two of that loaf you got there....french toast comes to mind. I can't wait to see what you do with the frozen dough.

Cathy (breadexperience) said...

Your bread looks delicious! Simple is always good in my book. I made a bunch of chocolate breads in the past month as well. Time for a change.

Megan said...

Your bread picture looks delicious! Makes me wish I has a slice!
Wish I had a foodsaver. Think that will have to be my Christmas present next year.

Jenny said...

I'm sure you can't have too much chocolate! The bread wasn't a sweet one, but I loved it all the same. Mine's unfortunately all gone, though.
~Jenny~

TeaLady said...

Finally got around to ordering this book and now I am looking forward to making THIS bread. Looks sooooo yummy!!!

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