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Spiced and Swirled Chocolate Bread

Kristin Rosenau
This yeasted sweet bread is filled with a warm spices and chocolate and weaved into a beautiful swirl design that blossoms when baked.
Course Baking

Ingredients
  

Dough

  • 1/2 cup 120 ml milk
  • 3 tablespoons 43 grams butter, melted
  • 2 to 2 1/4 cups 250-280 grams all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup 50 grams granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Filling

  • Click the link above for the recipe.

Instructions
 

Dough

  • Warm milk and butter until about 100 degrees F (38 degrees C), or until slightly warm to the touch. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and add 2 cups flour, sugar, egg, yeast, and salt. Fold together until the batter forms a dough. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour by the tablespoonful until it begins to form a ball. On a lightly floured surface, place the dough and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5-8 minutes. Form into a ball.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl. Cover and allow the dough to rise in a warm environment until doubled in volume, about 2 hours.

Assembly

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  • In a small bowl, mix together the filling, click the link above.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to approximately an 11 x 15-inch rectangle. Using an offset spatula, spread the brown sugar mixture uniformly on the dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edge. Sprinkle the finely chopped chocolate evenly over the mixture. Starting lengthwise, roll the dough until coiled.
  • Using a sharp serrated knife, cut the coil in half lengthwise and face the inside upwards. Pinch together one end of the dough and twist the two long strands, facing the cut side upwards at all times. Pinch together the remaining end. Form the dough into a circular shape. Transfer the circle to a lightly greased cast-iron pan or 9-inch round cake pan. Brush with the beaten egg and sprinkle the raw sugar evenly over the top. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until dark brown and fragrant.
  • Run a knife around the outside of the pan and allow to rest for 15-20 minutes before serving.