Monday, February 3, 2014

Chocolate Prune Bread Redux


Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; 
and good bread with (chocolate*), greatest of feasts. 
- James Beard (1903 – 1985) (*change is mine) 

The only thing better than a good loaf of bread is sharing that loaf with friends. Now throw chocolate into the mix and just imagine how phenomenal! The greatest feast, indeed. Who hasn’t smeared a slice of white bread with Nutella or split open a hunk of baguette and tucked a few squares of chocolate deep into the soft, dense center? Who wouldn’t choose a pain au chocolat over a simple croissant? And isn’t chocolate bread pudding so much more… comforting than the regular stuff? Go on… admit it.

As soon as I received the new edition of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François, I jumped at the chance to be Kitchen of the month for the Bread Baking Babes. I adore all of the Artisan Bread in 5 books, not to mention the blog, and wanted more than anything to share the love, to vaunt the greatness of their baking books and the perfect of their no-knead formula and recipes. For the Bread Baking Babes challenge, I needed one single recipe, something that was unusual enough to make it an intriguing challenge while delicious enough to make everyone want to bake it… and to draw non-Babes, fellow bloggers and bread bakers to want to join in and bake for their Buddy badge.

I combed through the index, flipped through the pages and made a list of several recipes I wanted to try. Too many. I had to choose just one. I decided on the Chocolate Prune Bread. As sweet, as chocolaty as one wanted, prunes could be replaced with dried cherries, blueberries or cranberries. As versatile as any great bread recipe. But I knew that it couldn’t but please everyone. Many were expecting something bordering on cake, but it was most definitely a bread: soft, light and fluffy, tender with barely a hint of sweet except for the bits of chocolate, as much or as little as one desired. The chopped prunes or dried cherries added a burst of flavor, fruity and tart.

Visit my original blog post in which I posted the challenge as well as the recipe and don’t miss out on visiting every single one of the Babe’s blogs to see how they can take one recipe and spin it a dozen different ways. 

The Bread Baking Babes:

Bake My Day – Karen
Bread Baking Babe Bibliothécaire – Katie
blog from OUR kitchen – Elizabeth
Feeding my enthusiasms – Elle
girlichef – Heather
Lucullian Delights - Ilva
Living in the Kitchen with Puppies – Natashya
My Kitchen In Half Cups – Tanna
Notitie Van Lien – Lien

And now, without further ado, here are all great bakers who earned their Buddy badge!

Paola at Le mie ricette con (e senza)

Carola at Sweet and That’s It 

Sandie at Crumbs of Love

Clare at Claire’s Baking Journey

Karen at Karen’s Kitchen Stories 

Renee at Kudo’s Kitchen by Renee 

Ralph at Hungry in San Francisco

Laura at Tiramisu

Barbara at Barbara Bakes

Cathy at Bread Experience

Judy at Judy's Gross Eats

Passionate bakers without blogs or not posted on a their blog:

Lorna Steeves

Louisse Persson

Igusti Ayu Dewi (Elra’s Baking)


Renee Goerger said...

These are all such beautiful loaves. I'm glad I stuck one of mine in the freezer so we can have it again any time we wish. This recipe was so delicious! Thanks for the round-up, Jamie!

Jamie said...

Thanks for baking along, Renee! And I am sorry I didn't store half the dough to bake once all the Buddy posts starting coming in because I have never wanted a slice more than seeing each of these loaves!

lisa is cooking said...

I really should know better than to look at a food blog before breakfast. This sounds lovely, and my breakfast will pale in comparison!

Jamie said...

@lisa is cooking: And, Lisa, this is pretty much the best breakfast there is.

Gintare @Gourmantine said...

In my world chocolate makes everything better, especially when it's involved at the dawn of each day!

Elizabeth said...

What a wonderful array of BBBuddyBread!! Well done on the choice, Jamie. I don't remember seeing so many people join in.

ilva said...

wow, I'm impressed, so many Buddies this month, just shows what a great choice that bread was!

Rosemary Nardone said...

Glad I just bought my Chocolate swirl bread from Wegmans because after this post, I need it ! I am more for purchasing mine than making it myself. Maybe I should try this one though!!

Barbara Bakes said...

So fun baking along with one of my favorite babes. Thanks for hosting! This is my favorite bread baking book too. Love how different but delicious all the loaves look.

Md Al amin said...

This sounds lovely
I did not store half the dough to bake once all be buddy posts
this recipe was so delicious

Cathy W. said...

Wow! What a fabulous roundup of chocolate! Thanks so much for hosting this month's bake!

Fishing Rod Holders said...

Great post. Its good breakfast item. I think its very nutrient food. Its very wonderful recipe for us. Thanks for your nice post.

Terra said...

Besides the fact that that is one beautiful loaf of bread. I love the idea of chocolate and prunes together in a gorgeous loaf of bread! It looks so delicious, Hugs, Terra


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