Chocolate Chip Loaf

This bread is brought to you by binge watching The Great British Bake Off in case you were wondering. 

Who else mid day on a Sunday with house full of Valentine's Day candy says, "Hmm, I think I'll make an enriched bread dough."


The dough for this is a super easy crescent roll dough made in the bread machine that I've pretty much decided is fool proof. 

The filling, well, Jeremy kept commenting that Nutella would be amazing in this dough. 

I bought chocolate chips for the first of my Southern Cake Series cakes and tossed a few in the dough I was saving. 

Which might I add, this stuff freezes like a charm! 


Here's the dough after I egg washed it and let it proof for a bit before hitting the oven. I didn't have an extremely long roll, but I opted to lay it in the pan as close to a Povitica as possible. 

You can't see the individual layers as well as a Povitica loaf since I only added chocolate chips, but had I made this the way Jeremy suggested you'd see them.

The dough is very similar to a Povitica by the way, as far as ingredients go. 


Here's the after. 

I can't say patience past the proofing stage in my strong suit. I had a gorgeous icing and couldn't bare to let the bread cool before drizzling it on, hence the runny icing. 

Next time, there's always next time. 

Paul Hollywood wouldn't approve my far too early need to ice this loaf. 


Chocolate Chip Loaf

Ingredients::
for the dough - 
1 cup whole milk, warmed
1 stick of butter, melted
2 eggs, room temp, slightly beaten
4 cups of bread flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast

for the loaf - 
1/2 dough recipe
1/2 stick of butter, melted
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1 egg, beaten 

for the icing - 
1/2 cup icing sugar
just enough water to make a thick, slightly running icing

directions - place ingredients in a bread machine in the order listed. Make sure to make a slight well in the flour for yeast, but not deep enough to touch the liquid. Set machine to dough and allow to run the cycle and rise. 

Turn dough out onto a slightly floured surface, you don't want to add flour to the dough, just enough to keep it from sticking. Divide into two balls, save 1/2 the dough for another time (or for crescent rolls). Roll dough ball into a thin rectangle. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle over chocolate chips. roll tightly like a cinnamon roll and snake into a parchment lined loaf pan. All to rise in a warm spot for 1-2 hours. 

When dough has proofed preheat oven to 350. Brush lightly with beaten egg. 

Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. 

Reduce heat to 300 and bake for an additional 45 minutes. Cover with foil once it is browned nicely. Be sure to check the dough starting around 35 minutes to see if it's done. You can check this by seeing if it gives at all when poked. If it does it isn't done, when it starts to spring back the bread is done. 

Allow to cool. Mix icing sugar with water and drizzle over the cooled loaf. 

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There seems like there's a lot to this loaf but I promise it's super easy, especially with a bread machine. You spend more time waiting then anything else.