Friday, February 26, 2010

Honey Bread Covered with Dark Chocolate: a Tradition Overseas

Honey Bread with Dark Chocolate topping is a tradition in some countries in Latin America. Considered a comfort food, locals can find it in almost all bakeries, and serve it throughout the year. Very delicious, healthy and decadent! Here is the recipe:

Honey Bread with Dark Chocolate Topping
Servings: Makes a 9x12 inches pan

- 3 cups all-purpose flour (make it whole wheat to increase fiber value)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3 tbs cocoa powder
- 1 cup honey
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 3 tbs butter
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tsp baking powder

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir until well combined. Pour into a greased 9 x 12 inch (22 x 30 cm) baking pan and bake in a preheated 325F (160C) oven for about 20 minutes, or until done (test with a toothpick).
When cool, cut into 2 inch (5 cm) squares and glaze with a chocolate or sugar frosting.

2 Versions for Dark Chocolate Topping:

1. Easy way using the microwave:
- Dark chocolate bars or chips for baking.

Place coarsely chopped dark chocolate, or dark chocolate chips for baking, in a microwave-safe container and microwave at MEDIUM (50 percent power) for 1 1/2 to 4 minutes, until the chocolate turns shiny. Remove the container from the microwave and stir the chocolate until completely melted.
Cover the bread with the chocolate paste while still warm.

2. Another version using the cooktop:
- 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup of sugar or honey
- 3 full tablespoons of dark chocolate powder
- 3 tablespoons of milk

Mix all ingredients in a pan. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring it. Spread on top of the bread.

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