Sunday, September 27, 2015

Brownest Loaf Yet

All the loaves to date, the banana bread, the zucchini bread, the cranberry-walnut bread, etc, may all have been brown in color, but this one most deserves the color - it's a chocolate chocolate-chip bread with a Kahlua glaze. Neither chocolate cake nor fudge or brownies, it's a dough-based bread like its predecessors, but loaded with cocoa and chocolate mini-chips.

The koan in this case was letting go of the lessons about baking learned to date and moving out of one's comfort zone, and doing something different and trusting in the guidance of the recipe.  To be brutally self-critical (and we must always be merciless censors of ourselves), I may have left this one in the oven about 5 minutes too long - it's a little drier than I would have liked, but it's hard for me to tell if that's from baking too long or just all of that chocolate in the mix.  In any event, I can attest to the fact that it goes very well with a morning cup of coffee.     

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