Chocolate and orange brioche

  • Total Time

    1h 5m
    • Prep Time

      30m
    • Bake Time

      35m
  • Makes

    1
  • Skill Level

    Intermediate
  • Dietary Needs

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Traditional French bread with the added twist of chocolate and orange. A bread to linger over and enjoy. If you have any left over this makes a wonderful bread and butter style pudding!

Method

  1. Put the flour, cocoa, salt and sugar into a bowl and mix together. Sprinkle over the yeast.

  2. Add the orange zest and mix to a soft dough, adding the orange juice, eggs and butter.

  3. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured board and knead for 10 minutes until smooth. Grease a 2lb / large loaf tin.

  4. Break the dough into 8 equal sized pieces. Shape each piece into a smooth ball in the palm of your hands before positioning the dough balls into the tin next to each other.

  5. Leave to prove until doubled in size. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 220°C (fan 200°C, gas mark 7).  

  6. Brush the dough with melted butter and bake for 10 minutes in the oven.

  7. After this time reduce the oven temperature to 190°C (fan 170°C, gas mark 5) and bake for a further 25 minutes until well risen.

  8. Once baked, carefully turn out, brush again with melted butter and leave to cool or enjoy still slightly warm!

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