French Chocolate Bread Recipe


A regular bread dough that is flavored with cocoa powder and studded with small bits of chocolate — an entirely different animal, one that’s more to my taste.
Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • 200 grams (7 ounces) ripe (100{0897c7666e7623c2e7b2b6adbb74490fda80028707214bc271e243faa6170991} hydration) starter (see note)
  • 540 grams (1 pound 3 ounces) bread flour (I used the French T80, which is partially whole wheat, plus 1 tablespoon wheat gluten)
  • 60 grams (1/2 cup) good-quality unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 5 grams (1/6 ounce) fresh yeast, crumbled (substitute 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast; I use the SAF brand)
  • 400 grams (14 ounces) filtered water at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 140 grams (5 ounces) good-quality dark chocolate of your choice (I used one with a 60{0897c7666e7623c2e7b2b6adbb74490fda80028707214bc271e243faa6170991} cacao content), chopped to chocolate chip size on average (you’ll have smaller and larger pieces, that’s fine — use them all)


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