- 3 cups bread flour
- 1 cup warm water (between 100 and 110 degrees)
- 1/3 cup vegan sugar
- 1/4 cup Dutch process cocoa
- 1 tablespoon vegan butter
- 2 teaspoons bread-machine yeast*
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 ounces coarsely chopped dark chocolate**
- 1 Ener-G egg yolk
2. Place the ingredients in the bread machine basket in the order specified by the manufacturer's instructions. Generally, this will follow the pattern of liquids, then dry ingredients, and the yeast last (the yeast should not touch the liquid). I placed everything in the basket in this order: water, Ener-G yolk, flour, sugar, cocoa, butter, salt, chocolate, yeast.
3. Select the cycle and settings for a 1 and 3/4 pound loaf on your machine, and then kick back for a lazy weekend afternoon while the machine does all the work.
Here's an update on the bread after kneading, at the stage where you remove the kneading paddle from the basket:
And here's the machine that gets all the credit:
This bread seems tailor-made for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (I particularly liked it with strawberry jam).
Or toast a slice for a quick breakfast, and spread with jam.
*Make sure you use a yeast that is specifically formulated for bread machines, since not all active dry yeast is. Red Star brand works great, and says right on the package that it is "ideal for bread machines."
**Opt for a bittersweet dark chocolate with a high percentage of cacao, otherwise you'll wind up with something more like a cake than a bread. I used the 88% dark from the Endangered Species Chocolate Company. Bonus points for that cute face on the wrapper:
14 servings (1 slice), Calories 183
Well bread machine, I am impressed. You turned out a loaf with a nice crust (like sliced sandwich bread you buy at the store), and the most beautiful, moist crumb interior. The bread tastes of chocolate without being cloyingly sweet, thanks to the use of a bittersweet dark variety. In fact, although almost a touch bitter alone, this bread is basically tailor-made for the most perfect pb&j sandwiches you'll ever make.