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Adding chocolate to yeast dough

Hi! I'm trying to figure out how to make a chocolate cinnamon roll in which the dough is chocolatey. I tried by subbing some cocoa powder in for the AP flour (and adding a bit of baking soda) but the results were rather dry and dense buns with only a subtle chocolate flavor. I'm curious as to whether I should try mixing in melted chocolate to the dough, for moisture and flavor? Is that a doomed idea?

Sarah is Food52's senior staff writer & stylist.

asked about 1 year ago
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added about 1 year ago

David Leibovitz has a recipe for a chocolate yeast bread in which he uses chopped chocolate and cocoa powder. You might review his recipe for help. I know he uses butter and eggs. (I'm assuming you want a yeasted dough like a sweet bread.)

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Nancy

Nancy is a trusted home cook.

added about 1 year ago

Yeast dough with chocolate
Oh yes, chocolate babka
Why reinvent the wheel
See two recipes here
https://food52.com/recipes...
Or two from away (Tori Avey, smitten kitchen):
http://toriavey.com/toris...
http://smittenkitchen.com...
Lots of wonderful territory to explore...

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Sarah Jampel

Sarah is Food52's senior staff writer & stylist.

added about 1 year ago

Yes, those all sound WONDERFUL! But I was hoping to truly incorporate the chocolate into the dough rather than creating two separate layers.

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Nancy

Nancy is a trusted home cook.

added about 1 year ago

OK, Sarah, I now get what you're wanting to make.
I can also see how the cocoa powder would make the dough dry (and maybe even impede the yeast action).
If I were to make a run at a chocolate dough, I would first make and raise the plain dough, then work in either lots of high-cacao cocoa powder and some additional fat (additional to whatever the recipe specified).
Another way to go is to make the plain dough, let it rise, then knead in a finely ground high quality bar chocolate (with or without additional fat...see how the dough feels), raise again and shape.
My model for this loaf would be brioche dough...rich, buttery, multifoliate, intermediate stints in refrigerator for long, slow rises..to give the chocolate a chance to incorporate and yet not dry out the finished product.

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added about 1 year ago

The David Leibovitz recipes does incorporate the chocolate into the dough...I apologize if that wasn't clear. It's a chocolate yeast dough...not a babka or pain au chocolat.

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Sarah Jampel

Sarah is Food52's senior staff writer & stylist.

added about 1 year ago

Yes, thank you!! I found his recipe for very helpful as a model. The buns are rising now! So I'll let you know how it goes once they're out of the oven. :)

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Clotilde Dusoulier wrote on the subject a few years ago, Sarah. Here is the link, hope it is of help : http://chocolateandzucchini...

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Sarah Jampel

Sarah is Food52's senior staff writer & stylist.

added about 1 year ago

Thank you so much!

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added about 1 year ago

Basically you want a chocolate brioche dough, it has a little cocoa, melted cooled chocolate, lots of butter and eggs.

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added about 1 year ago

Curious as to your results...how did the cinnamon roll work out?

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AntoniaJames

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added about 1 year ago

I'd like to make one small observation here. The separate tastes of a rich yeast dough + chocolate, together in one bite, is one of life's most exquisite pleasures. ;o)