Thursday, January 6, 2011

Chocolate Chip Bread


"Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts." - James Beard .

If you would have to believe this quote, you would have to bake bread at home, fill your home with the aroma of freshly baked bread and eat it. When I started to bake and until very recently, a bread never figured on my list to try out. It was just a lifesaver to pick up from the supermarket and have on hand in my bread box. The versatility with breads restricted to a variety of sandwiches, bread upma or a french toast. A couple of tempting sounding loaves from a famous bakery left a lot to be desired in terms of taste. Paah!! So is that all that's there to breads, I was left wondering. 

Only after I started baking bread, I realized, there is so much more to a bread per se. I will tell you why I am telling you all this - if you have not baked a bread yet, please, please do! Don't shy away from yeast. I promise, you will enjoy baking breads - tremendously. There is no reason why you shouldn't as you would be baking gourmet bread to suit your taste at home! After a couple of successful breads with all purpose flour, I tried baking bread with just whole wheat flour. I admit, I have not been very successful, not yet - am optimistic I will succeed after torturing my family with just  a few more misses:-) . Different kinds of whole wheat take in different quantities of liquid. And the ratio of liquid to the flour being accurate is the key to a great textured bread. This being the case, you would need to know what you are doing, when you are baking a bread with only whole wheat. 

I made an attempt at baking bread with a mixture of whole wheat and plain flour and loved the end result. The Chocolate Chip Bread was light textured and just delicious toasted, lightly buttered and drizzled with honey.  In fact, we baked this bread a friends' place too. She took one look at the big loaf baking in her microwave and remarked that a loaf of bread usually lasts a week at her place and this huge a loaf would probably last even longer. Surprise, surprise! when she found that the entire loaf disappeared at breakfast the next morning:-). This is one of those recipes, you must, must give a shot at and you will find yourself baking this time and again.



This bread is actually Champa's Basic White Bread modified as suggested by her.



Here is what we do:

Ingredients
All Purpose Flour / Maida - 1 1/2 Cups
Whole wheat flour – 1 1/2 cups ( I used Ashirwad Whole wheat flour)
Vital Wheat Gluten – 3 tbsp ( 1 tablespoon for each cup of flour, please refer note below)
Oil – 2 tbsp
Instant Yeast – 2 1/4 tsp ( I use Gloripan, refer note below)
Water 1 cup
Salt – 1 tsp
Sugar - 3 tbsp (one more tbspn if you want the bread sweeter)
Milk – ¼ cup, lukewarm
Chocolate Chips - 1/3 cup (more to suit your taste)

Procedure  : Grease a 9*5 loaf pan. Combine the flours, gluten and salt in a bowl, mix well. Keep aside. In a large bowl, mix the yeast and sugar  Add the lukewarm milk. Add the oil, flour mixture and the water. Mix till dough comes together. If the dough is very stiff, add more water - it actually pays to be stingy here :-) add just one tablespoon at a time. Knead for 10-11 minutes. Towards the end, knead in the chocolate chips. Cover the dough with oil, keep in an oiled bowl, and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Keep the dough in a warm place to rise. I usually keep it in my microwave turned off. My dough doubled in about 40 minutes and in this chilly weather!!

Once the dough doubles, knock it down gently. On a lightly floured or greased surface, roll the dough into a rectangle. Roll it tightly. Tuck in the ends. Place in the loaf tin, seam side down. Tent with a greased sheet of aluminum foil. Keep in a warm place to double again. This will take approximately 30-45 minutes. Towards the end of the final rise, pre-heat oven to 190 degrees C (375 degrees F).  Bake for 20 minutes. Your loaf should start turning a nice light brown around 15 minutes. Lower temperature  to 160 degrees (325 degrees F) and bake for 15- 20 minutes. When you tap the bottom, it must sound hollow. This is an indication that the bread is done.

Remove the pan from the oven and keep it on the cooling rack. Brush some butter if you wish. The smell will be divine!!  Let the loaf cool in the tin for 10 minutes. Then, remove the loaf from the plan and cool it completely on the wire rack. Slice it only after it comes to room temperature.


 Yeast: If you would be using Dry Active Yeast, use the same quantity, but you would need to proof it .

Gluten: This helps improve the texture of the bread. You can get this at Institute of Baking and Cake Art.

I actually made a savory version of the below recipe with kasoori methi and jeera and that turned out very good too. I have added about 1/4 cup of lightly toasted kasoori methi and 1 teaspoon toasted jeera to the flour. I used 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 1/4 cup water(NO MILK). Rest of the recipe is the same. 

Chocolate Chip Bread would be going to my  Blog Anniversary Event . Hope you have sent in your entries for a chance to win The Cake Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum. There will be a couple of days' delay in the round-up and announcing the winner, apologies for this.

This loaf goes to Champa's Bake-Off .
The loaf is also being Yeast-spotted.











27 comments:

Pushpa said...

Mouthwatering fresh home made bread..

Anonymous said...

Love the plump and soft bread. Like the chocolate chips in it, would love to give it a try.

Prathibha said...

Lovely bread...love sweet bread and those choco chips add the extra taste to it...

Priya Sreeram said...

it looks perfect, the colour of the loaf---just wowwwwwwwwww !

Sanjeeta kk said...

Couldn't resist coming and posting another comment for this lovely loaf.

Divya Kudua said...

OMG..I really need to take some Bread baking lessons from you next time I am in bangalore..looks absolute woow!I could chomp down that bread in minutes!!

Priya said...

Bread looks damn elegant and gorgeous, feel like grabbing few slices..

Sayantani said...

cant agree with you more. we eat more bread ever since I have started baking them at home. but the only problem is it doesnot last long.love this bread and am going to the instt this Saturday to buy a whole lot of stuff, let me know if you need anything from there.

Nachiketa said...

So yummyyyyyyy... SUMA..... I wanna do this tooooo.......

Happy New Year!!!
Cheers,
The Variable, Crazy Over Desserts - Nachiketa
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Rev said...

wow! this looks soooo tempting. there cant be anything better in this world than a lovely bread with butter spread over it. superb!

Smita Srivastava said...

Wow what a delight !! Truly ur lovely home made breads inspire me to try my hands on bread making too !!!!

Sree said...

Tra la la...AND...I ate this too (sheepish grin!) The bread was PERFECT!! The texture was so accurate and soft that it almost felt like good bread from your fav bakery! I instantly asked Suma for the recipe. Waiting to make it soon.

I completely agree with Suma about not shying away from bread baking. With her encouragement, I have found success with another bread recipe. Hoping to make this choc chip bread soon!! :)

Sum said...

Oooooooooooo..... What a lovely bread! I'm waiting when i can try my hand at baking bread... I'll surely need both your's and Champa's hand holding!

BTW, Happy New Year :)

Sum said...

Oooooooooooo..... What a lovely bread! I'm waiting when i can try my hand at baking bread... I'll surely need both your's and Champa's hand holding!

BTW, Happy New Year :)

Sum said...

Oooooooooooo..... What a lovely bread! I'm waiting when i can try my hand at baking bread... I'll surely need both your's and Champa's hand holding!

BTW, Happy New Year :)

Veggie Hut said...

simply awesome.. i m staring at the loaf.. nazar na lag jaaye.. touch wood..

Ally said...

this is a winner...i have never tried breads before...but now yur tempting me to...

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Wounderful Bake Comesout Perfect!

BangaloreBaker said...

Crust looks absolutely amazing. See, didn't I tell you it is not hard. In fact if I can get people to eat all I bake, I would bake bread every single day. Thanks for the entry.

Akila said...

Mouth watering recipe dear.... Fantastic clicks....

Event: Dish Name Starts with E
Learning-to-cook
Regards,
Akila

Reshmi said...

bread in loaf looks beautiful...superb aaytindu..

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

thts a delicious bread..really tempting

Priya Narasimhan said...

I am going to bake it this weekend. Period.

Spice said...

Suma,bread came out really good...

M D said...

Hey Suma, ur bread looks so soft and yummy. I am not a bread lover, but this one surely tempts me.

Anonymous said...

Hi Suma,
Lovely bread. U hav got a nice blog. Where can i get choco chips in b'lore?

Sree said...

Yessss...I finally made this bread!!! :)) It was on my TO-DO list for a looong time now and I finally made it!!
The bread is just perfect. I am on a high today...just shared this bread with my colleagues at breakfast and they LOVED it!!! It is as good as store bought bread...super soft...nice aroma...just perfect. This is a keeper of recipe! Am going to try many more variations with the flavors etc.
Waiting for Suma to make a whole wheat loaf!! :)) Thanks a ton for the recipe Suma!! :)