Saturday, October 12, 2013

Chocolate and hazelnut babkha recipes

Yet another attempt at baking bread and fingers cross all will rise to the effect (get it?:p). Have got myself a new bottle of dried yeast as I figured that the remaining few sachets of yeast that I had had already expired and are not as effective for producing fluffy bread. I am so obsessed with the recipes provided by Gourmet Traveller right now. Most of the ones I have tried are foolproof while the ones that did not turn out well probably needed a few adjustments to recreate the beaut as seen on their website!

Ingredients (recipe adapted from Gourmet Traveller):
180ml lukewarm milk
14gm dry yeast
110gm caster sugar
485g plain flour
2 eggs
1 egg yolk
210gm softened butter
100m hazelnuts
100gm dark chocolate
Egg wash for brushing

Mix the milk with the dry yeast and sugar and set aside until it appears foamy (about 5-7minutes). Add 75gm of the flour, mix to combine, before slowly adding in the eggs, egg yolk, remaining sugar and a pinch of salt.

Use a low speed to mix the above ingredients whilst slowly adding in the remaining flour until it is well combined. Incorporate about 150gm of small butter pieces and beat the dough until it appears shiny and elastic. Set it aside to double (about 1 hour at least, depending on your surrounding temperature).

To make the hazelnut spread, toast hazelnuts and process it with the remaining butter to achieve a smooth spread (a bit like Nutella, in my opinion). Have omitted this step as I did not have any hazelnuts to spare because they are so expensive at the moment:(

Knockback the dough after it appears to have doubled in size and divide into 2 equal portions. Spread hazelnut spread and scatter chocolate chunks around it (have just used a mixture of almonds and chocolate for mine!) . Roll the dough and allow to sit for about 30 minutes.

Give the dough a good brushing of egg wash before sending it to the oven at 180C for about 20 minutes or until done.

It was steaming hot and oozing with chocolate-y goodness when I sliced into it, such simple pleasures in life:)

1 comment:

Christina @ The Hungry Australian said...

I can just imagine how good this would have tasted hot from the oven. Baking makes the whole house smell good doesn't it?