Cook's Hideout: Chocolate Yeast Bread for #BreadBakers

March 08, 2016

Chocolate Yeast Bread for #BreadBakers

All the recipes so far this month revolve around Chocolate. After 4 posts for kid friendly chocolate posts from last week, I have yet another recipe with chocolate and this time it is for the Bread Baker's group. Our lovely host for the month Shireen Siqueira wanted us to make any bread with cacao, cocoa or carob in form.
Chocolate Almond Bread
Initially I was planning to bake something that is good for Easter, like chocolate babka or something in those lines, but when I saw this chocolate yeast bread recipe on David Lebovitz's site I dropped all the earlier ideas and made that instead. I have only tried baking chocolate yeast bread twice before, first time in this chocolate cherry bread and then in this sourdough chocolate bread, so I was intrigued on how this bread would turn out.
Chocolate Almond Bread
This bread is not soft and moist like chocolate cake or even any quick bread. It is a little dense with a nice crumb and is perfect to eat just as is or with a smear of butter (or if you are me a tiny bit Trader Joe's cookie-cocoa swirl -- this stuff is amazing).
Chocolate Almond Bread
I almost followed the recipe to the T except for adding some wholewheat flour along with the bread flour and subbed the egg with egg replacer powder. This bread is just slightly sweet and is great to serve for breakfast or for an afternoon snack. I made a French toast with the leftover bread and served with fruit (banana and strawberry) it tasted absolutely heavenly.

Recipe from David Lebovitz's recipe:

Chocolate Yeast Bread
  • 1½cups Bread Flour
  • ½cup Wholewheat Flour (if not using wholewheat flour, use 2cups of bread flour)
  • 2¼tsp Instant Yeast
  • 6tbsp Sugar
  • 4tbsp Butter
  • 3oz. Bittersweet or Semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1½tsp Espresso powder or instant coffee (optional)
  • ¾tsp Salt
  • 1tbsp Egg replacer powder (or 1 large Egg)
  • ½tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ¼cup Dutch processed Cocoa powder
  • ¾cup Semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½cup Toasted Almonds or walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • ¾cup Lukewarm Milk (whole or 2%)
  1. Bring a small saucepan of water to boil. Combine 3oz. chopped chocolate and butter in a bowl that fits over the saucepan (make sure that the bottom of the bowl doesn't touch the water -- basically you are creating a double boiler). Melt the butter and chocolate by stirring occasionally until the mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large bowl, whisk the yeast with warm milk, 1tbsp sugar and set aside for a few minutes. Then stir in the remaining sugar, espresso powder, egg replacer mixture (or the egg), vanilla and sea salt.
  3. Stir in half of the flour and cocoa powder, then the melted chocolate and butter mixture and stir until well incorporated. Next add the remaining flour mixture and knead for 5 minutes.
  4. The dough is quite sticky but comes together into a bowl. Place it in a lightly greased bowl. Cover and set aside to rise for 2~3 hours or until it looks quite puffy. My kitchen was quite cold and it took me about 3 hours to get to this stage. Start checking the progress from 11/2 hours just to make sure that it doesn't over-proof.
  5. Lightly grease a 8½"x4½" loaf pan.
  6. Stir in the chocolate chips and chopped nuts, if using. Using a spatula, fold the dough over itself in the bowl for about 30 seconds, then transfer it over to the buttered pan, pressing it down to spread to the corners. Cover with a greased plastic wrap and let rise for one hour.
  7. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  8. Bake the bread for 35~40 minutes or until it sounds hollow when tapped on it. An instant-read thermometer should read 180°F in the center.
  9. Remove from the oven and after 5 minutes remove the bread from the pan onto a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.
Chocolate Almond Bread

Fellow BreadBakers and their Breads with Cocoa, Cacao or Carob in any form:
#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on this home page.

We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send Stacy an email with your blog URL to


  1. Stunning bread with awesome pictures Pavani!!

  2. Oh my your bread looks incredible. What a treat it would be to have it for breakfast! It would be marvelous with coffee.

  3. This bread looks so moist and tender!

  4. Oh my gosh this bread looks delicious, and I can't believe you made french toast out of it! My husband would clean the garage if I made him that for breakfast!

  5. I can just imagine how good this was as french toast.

  6. Always love your choice of breads Pavani and I am so happy that you picked this yeast bread which looks stunning (love the shots!) and I bet tastes as great too! Thanks for participating in this event!

  7. thats a great bread with yeast pavani , and chocolicious too :) do add it to the kids delight linkup giveaway too :)

  8. Alrighty, you had me with this bread, and then when you mentioned that TJ spread... omg!

  9. This sounds exceptional - but if it's a David Lebovitz recipe, I'm not surprised at all!

  10. The bread slices look so beautiful. I love that the almonds show up in the brown background.

  11. I love the deep deep color on this bread. I almost picked this bread to make this month, then the zebra one won me over. I will also probably make mine with more whole wheat! Love how your bread turned out.

  12. Bread looks delicious, good breakfast bread.

  13. Stunning Pavani. I was planning on making the same minus the nuts. Wouldn't change yours in any way. Love the way you write too.

  14. wow - that French Toast must have been amazing - what a soft and tender looking bread


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