WEEK 3: Chocolate, Orange and Cinnamon Loaf

Week 3, bread week, so obviously Paul was on top form poking bread left right and centre. We took on the signature challenge again this week as we just couldn’t resist the chocolate loaf!

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As much fun as those dampfnudeln looked… we were immediately taken with making a chocolate loaf, after our first attempt at an enriched chocolate dough (these Creme Egg Doughnuts) went so well, we wanted to see what other wonderful chocolate things we could make. So we decided on making this chocolate, orange and cinnamon loaf, we really liked the idea of having plain and chocolate doughs that we could plait together so the cross section was marbled when you cut a slice.

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So this week’s episode was as dramatic as usual, Paul’s steely eyes were keenly scanning for any bread related faults we could find… Tom’s ‘manly shaped’ Thor hammer won him star baker and Michael was the one to leave the tent, which I’m sure had people across the country near tears, we don’t think we’ve ever seen someone so sad to leave the tent! Selasi, our firm favourite, was on top form again… we stumbled across this buzzfeed article which aptly sums up all the wonderful reasons we love him. And on top of all that, Mary has provided us with our new favourite way to describe anything a little messy (it’s just ‘informal’).

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We added orange zest to the plain dough to bring through some of the orange flavour and added cinnamon in both doughs as we feel it really helps to enhance both the chocolate and orange flavours. To make it even more cinnamon and orangey (and more delicious) we sandwiched the 2 doughs together with some butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and orange zest, in a similar method to how you’d go about assembling a cinnamon bun.

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Both of these doughs are enriched, which means they have butter and egg in, which can make the prove time a little longer, but you’ll end up with a lovely soft loaf. 

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Chocolate, Orange and Cinnamon Loaf
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For the orange dough
  1. 300g white bread flour
  2. 1 sachet instant yeast
  3. 30g caster sugar
  4. 1 tsp salt
  5. 1 tsp cinnamon
  6. 100ml milk
  7. 1 egg
  8. 50g butter, cubed
  9. zest 1 orange
For the chocolate dough
  1. 250g white bread flour
  2. 50g cocoa powder
  3. 1 sachet instant yeast
  4. 30g caster sugar
  5. 1 tsp salt
  6. 1 tsp cinnamon
  7. 100ml milk
  8. 1 egg
  9. 50g butter, cubed
To assemble and decorate
  1. 50g butter, very soft
  2. 100g brown sugar
  3. 1 tbsp cinnamon
  4. 100g dark chocolate, melted
  5. zest 1 orange
Instructions
  1. These doughs can either be made with a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook or in a large bowl by hand.
For the orange dough
  1. Add the flour, yeast, sugar, salt and cinnamon into the bowl and begin mixing on a slow speed.
  2. In a jug whisk together the milk and egg and pour in a slow and steady stream into the bowl whilst still mixing, once all is added mix for about 3-4 mins, everything should come together into a ball.
  3. Add in the butter and orange zest and mix or knead by hand for a further 5-10 mins until you have a smooth and stretchy dough.
  4. Place the dough into a lightly greased bowl and cover with cling film, leave to rise for about 1 hour or until double in size.
For the chocolate dough
  1. Add the flour, cocoa, yeast, sugar, salt and cinnamon into the bowl and begin mixing on a slow speed.
  2. In a jug whisk together the milk and egg and pour in a slow and steady stream into the bowl whilst still mixing, once all is added mix for about 3-4 mins, everything should come together into a ball.
  3. Add in the butter and mix or knead by hand for a further 5-10 mins until you have a smooth and stretchy dough.
  4. Place the dough into a lightly greased bowl and cover with cling film, leave to rise for about 1 hour or until double in size.
To assemble and bake
  1. Once the dough has doubled in size, knock back and remove from the bowls.
  2. Stretch each one out into a large rectangle, take one and spread over the butter, then sprinkle over the sugar, cinnamon and zest of half an orange.
  3. Place the other rectangle of dough on top, cut in half lengthways, roll up each half and cut in half lengthways.
  4. You should now have 4 long strands of rolled and cut in half dough.
  5. The way we plaited/formed our loaf is a little complicated so please refer to the photos below, but it's basically a case of twisting half the strands one way, and half the other!
  6. Leave to prove again for about 30-45mins.
  7. Bake at 190 degrees celsius for 35-40 mins until a deep golden brown colour.
  8. Leave to cool for about 15 mins drizzle with the melted chocolate and sprinkle over the orange zest.
Notes
  1. We chose to attempt a fancy sort of plaiting/weaving technique but this loaf will work just as well plaited in 2 or three strands or as 2 pieces twisted around each other, whatever you're comfortable with doing!
Baking a Mess http://www.bakingamess.co.uk/
So below is the method we went for to make our loaf, a classic case of pinterest inspiration, we stumbled on this beauty which also happens to be a very delicious looking chocolate and orange loaf, different approach but amazing recipe! But it’s actually easier than it looks (we promise!).

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This loaf turned out tasting pretty christmassy to us! Probably due to the orange and cinnamon flavours, which makes it perfect for a sweet treat during the festive period, we will certainly be knocking up a few loaves ourselves this christmas! 

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