Spicy Chocolate Bread

Last night I made some bread to take to a beer tasting that we're going to tonight. The theme of the tasting is dark beers, specifically Imperial Stouts and other big high alcohol dark brews. Chocolate was recommended as a good pairing, so I grabbed some dark chocolate chips and adjusted a recipe I found online. It's done in a bread machine, so directions may vary depending on how the machine works.


1 tsp bread machine yeast
3 cups white flour
1 Tbsp turbinado sugar
1 Tbsp honey
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp chili powder
1 smidgen of ground cumin
1 capful of vanilla extract
4 Tbsp butter
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1 egg
1 cup milk
1/4 cup water

Put the liquid stuff in the pan first, then sprinkle the flour over the top. Add the sugar, salt, butter into separate corners of the pan. Scoop out a little hollow in the middle and add the yeast there. Sprinkle the cinnamon and other spices over top and start up the machine. Have it set to medium or light crust. When the fruit and nut beep sounds, add the chocolate chips which should be frozen before hand so they keep their shape a little bit. It might be useful to flip the dough a few times with a spatula, just to make sure the chips don't all sink to the bottom. Other than that I guess just follow instructions for your bread machine. I think if I made this again I'd probably add more chili powder, and maybe even some dried jalapeño if I was feeling crazy.

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