Chocolate Challah

Recipe by Susiecat too
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READY IN: 5hrs
SERVES: 24
YIELD: 2 loaves
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Mix the warm water, 1/3 cup canola oil, honey, 2 eggs and salt in a large mixing bowl until thoroughly combined.
  • Add the bread flour and cocoa powder and mix until dough is a shaggy mess.
  • Add the instant yeast and mix well.
  • Now add the all-purpose flour one cup at a time, until too thick to stir.
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and continue to add flour while kneading for about 10-15 minutes.
  • When you are done kneading the dough will bounce back at you when you press on it. The surface will no longer be sticky or come off on your fingers, but will be tacky to the touch, like a post-it note.
  • Pour the 2 Tbsp canola into a mixing bowl, and coat the bottom and sides with oil.
  • Put the dough in the oiled bowl, and flip the dough around to uniformly coat with oil.
  • Cover the bowl and set in a warm spot to rise until doubled. (For me this was about 2 hours.).
  • Punch down dough and separate into loaves. Loaves can be braided like traditional challah, or baked in a bread loaf pan, or formed into any shape you like.
  • Put formed loaves aside to rise a second time, covered, until doubled in size. (This took about 2 1/2 hours for me.).
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Just prior to baking, mix one remaining egg with a bit of water (about a teaspoon or so) and a small pinch of salt. Use this mixture to glaze the loaves.
  • Bake loaves for 30 minutes, rotating once midway to keep browning even.
  • Cool on racks.
  • Freezes well.
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