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Dec282010

Chocolate Orange Bread

Welcome to Snow-mageddon.  As the Blue-Eyeds attempt to make it home to NYC and Boston (we know we know, if we don't laugh, we'll cry), there's really only one place to look for comfort.  And no, it's not your friendly American Airlines operator.  We're talking carbs.

They heal all travel woes.

Trust us.  Carbs kiddies, chocolate flavored carbs.

Well chocolate orange carbs.

Because really, when you're standing in that 2 hour security line, what could be better than a piece of soft bread, studded with chocolate chunks and orange zest?  

Well sure you might get strange looks from your fellow passengers, but think about this.  After 4 hours of sitting on the tarmac waiting for JFK to reopen, who's going to be excited they ate half a loaf of chocolate bread?

You that's who!

And those fellow passengers?  Sad.  They will be sad.

Like we said, carbs heal all travel woes. 

Chocolate Orange Bread

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1/2 cup milk
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 envelope active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1/3 cup sugar
Zest of 2 oranges
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 3/4 cups flour
1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks
1 egg
1 tablespoon milk

In a glass bowl, heat the milk and butter in the microwave until butter is melted.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, pour yeast over warm water.

Mix the orange zest into the sugar, using your fingers to release the oils and fully incorporate the zest.  Beat the sugar, vanilla, and eggs into the warm water and yeast until blended well. Add the salt, milk mixture and 1 cup of flour and mix well.

Add the remaining flour a 1/2 cup at a time until all the flour has been added and mixture is fully combined.  Place dough in a greased bowl and cover.  Allow dough to rise until doubled in size, about 2 1/2 hours.

Once dough has doubled, punch down and place on a floured board. Allow dough to rest for 10 minutes, then rollout out into a rough 8 x 14 rectangle.  Cover surface with chocolate chunks and roll into a log, starting with the short end.  PLace dough seam side down in a well greased loaf pan.  Allow dough to rise for 1 1/2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Brush top of loaf with egg wash of 1 egg and 1 tablespoon milk. Bake for 45 minutes until golden.  Allow to cool completely.  Store bread well wrapped at room temperature for up to 4 days.

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Reader Comments (16)

I've totally been that girl before. The one who gnaws on something delicious while waiting in the airport security line. Great way to make friends. ;)

December 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLiz (Little Bitty Bakes)

What a great idea! I love the combo of orange and chocolate. YUM!

December 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLiz @ Blog is the New Black

Yum. I crave carbs like crazy when I fly, especially if I fly super early in the morning or late at night (which I often do because it saves $$).

Hope you make it back safely!

December 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulie @SavvyEats

Good luck getting back!!! This bread looks fantastic, although I don't usually love orange flavored things... do you think it would be flavorless if I left out the orange zest?

December 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren at KeepItSweet

This looks so yummy! I love the chunks of chocolate and orange zest.

December 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

I must admit, being in Texas I miss the snow, but not enough to wish I was in the snow-mageddon that is the east coast! That being said, I would love a piece of this bread though! I'm wondering if I can whip up a quick loaf to bring skiing with us this weekend! Happy Holidays :)

December 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEvan @swEEts

This bread looks divine my friends!

December 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

Heavenly!! you all out do yourselves every time, I wish I was your neighbor,friend, or just your taste tester. I must try, thanks.

December 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Whoa, this sounds amazing! I would love to make this.

December 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany @ Conor & Bella

Ladies this looks amazing! I love the flavor combo of chocolate and orrange. Get home safe!

December 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie@Cozydelicious

Mmmm...this looks delicious. Orange and chocolate is a completely underrated combo in my opinion! Good luck getting home - my family is in New Jersey and I escaped back to DC right before the blizzard hit on Sunday.

December 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

I do the eating while waiting thing too, sometimes. But it's usually candy/chocolate or whatever I buy at the airport!! The bread looks real good though :)

What a way to spiff up what could have been a plain cake. This has just the right amount of decadence to it.

Would you be interested in linking it up to Let's Do Brunch? It is perfect for that meal or any meal.

http://sweetsav.blogspot.com/2011/01/lets-do-brunch-11.html

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChaya

I love your idea to combine orange and chocolate! Delish!

Don't see any 2013 comments on your recipes - all of which I am dying to try. All the best to you gals for the new year.

January 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdolores

I am in love with this bread. I made this over the weekend and my house smelled amazing as it baked. It was so simple to make and turned out so beautifully that I almost didn't want to cut into it ... almost! Once I did, it was heavenly. I loved how it wasn't too sweet, yet somehow there was that hint of decadence! I recommend serving it the day of baking. This doesn't last around my house long at all! Thank you so much for sharing this delicious recipe!!

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBethany

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