I recently made some chocolate bread. If any of you have ever made yeast breads before then you know what a slow going labor of love they are. Breads are not difficult to make. They seem scary the first time or two though and mostly it is because of the yeast and the time involved. When you read a recipe may take 12-18 hours start to finish it can seem overwhelming. However with breads most of that time is actually just waiting around for the yeast, dough, yada, yada, yada to do it’s thing. Then you usually have a brief somethin’, somethin’ to do and then it’s back to waiting again. I truly think anyone who enjoys cooking or baking should make their own bread at least once in their lives. It makes the house smell amazing. It gives you a great sense of accomplishment and let’s be honest there is nothing like hot bread from the oven slathered with butter.
A couple weeks ago I saw chocolate bread on TV during a bout of insomnia from some restaurant on a show I had never seen. Now being the middle of the night and not knowing what channel I was watching (it was not Food Network, Cooking Channel or PBS) I of course could not remember anything of the details the next day. So then a search began and I found a recipe and decided this had to move to the top of my to bake list.
Now this bread is not a quick bread but an actual yeast bread complete with a bread starter/sponge from Food.com. This is not only a great breakfast bread but can also make a great lunch bread too. Your child will be the envy of everyone at the lunch table. Just put some strawberry preserves or peanut butter on it and… mmm, mmm good!
Now once that is done you still have a lot of bread starter/sponge left. So as not to let it go to waste I used it to make the King Arthur French-Style Country Bread.