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Chocolate Sourdough Beer Bread

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This sourdough bread, adapted from tastecooking, is made with plain wheat flour, freshly milled kamut and Dutch-processed cocoa powder. Like any sourdough bread, this one takes time too. Plan to make it over two days, mixing the dough on day one, letting it ferment overnight, then baking it the following morning. The combo of beer and chocolate might sound a little strange, but the bitterness in the two play well off each other. I used lager beer, but you can use whatever beer you like. If you prefer it bitterer, richer, use stout or other dark beer. It is perfect for grilled cheeses, nut butters, homemade jam and pate. Use rice flour to dust the banneton if you it on hand as it's less sticky and won't burn easily.

  • 320 g Plain flour (I used German #550 white bread flour)
  • 50 g Kamut, milled into flour (or use regular wholewheat flour)
  • 50 g Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 330 ml Heineken lager beer
  • 100 g Active sourdough starter (rye or wheat)
  • 1 tsp Sea salt
How to stretch and fold sourdoughThe best way to shape a bâtard
  1. Feed your sourdough starter the night before or up to 10 hours prior to mixing the dough.
  2. In a large bowl, thoroughly mix together the plain flour, freshly milled kamut flour, cocoa powder, beer, starter, and salt with a wooden spoon until there are no sight of dry ingredients. The mixture is quite sticky and wet.
  3. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and let rest for 1 hour. Wet your hands with some water. Stretch one side of the dough and fold it over itselft. Repeat with another 3 sides. That's one set of stretch and fold. (check video above) Repeat the proces of stretch and fold set two more times.
  4. Lightly dust your work surface. Using a dough scraper, gather the dough together in the bowl and scoop the dough up with the dough scraper and flip it onto the table. Gently pat the dough into a rectangle and shape into an oval / batard. (check video above)
  5. Place it in your floured banneton, seam-side up. Cover with a clean tea towel or a shower cap. Place your dough in the refrigerator and proof overnight from 8-24 hours or proof the dough in a draft-free spot at room temperature for 2 to 3 hours.
  6. Preheat your oven to 250C/480F with a Dutch oven inside. This will take about an hour.
  7. Turn your dough out on a piece of parchment paper. Cut a long slash lengthwise along the top of the bread with a sharp knife or a lame. Place the dough with the parchment paper into the Dutch oven. Cover and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the lid and lower the oven temperature to 220C/430F and bake another 10 to 15 minutes, or until the loaf is deeply browned. It should sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.
  8. Carefully remove the bread from the Dutch oven and cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.

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speedy70 30/3/24 13:36

Complimenti, un ottimo pane! Auguri di buona Pasqua!

My name is Erika. 30/3/24 13:42

I just printed off your recipe Angie. This bread looks amazing and exactly what I want to try making. Thanks for sharing.

eileeninmd 30/3/24 15:06

Sounds yummy, I have never heard of chocolate sourdough bread.
Take care, have a great weekend and a Happy Easter!

Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine 30/3/24 15:15

Sound good, I love chocolate and beer cake so this must be a sweet treat!

Tom 30/3/24 15:37

...chocolate is a different twist!

Christine 30/3/24 16:06

Interesting combination.

Anonymous 30/3/24 16:45

That sure sounds interesting! This is my first ever hearing about it.

DEZMOND 30/3/24 20:28

Uber weird combo indeed especially as you spread meat pate on it in the end LOL I thought it would be sweet.

roentare 30/3/24 22:06

The dark secret ingredient makes it so charming

Norma2 30/3/24 22:36

Angie, the dough folding technique is excellent for activating gluten.

Cooking Julia 30/3/24 23:25

What a color! This bread looks wonderful!

Brian's Home Blog 30/3/24 23:25

Holy yum, I'd sure give that a try!

Balvinder 31/3/24 03:00

That sounds like an interesting recipe. Chocolate and sourdough with beer, Wow!

Citu 31/3/24 03:03

Gracias por la receta. Te mando un beso.

Margaret D 31/3/24 06:26

It's different and should taste ok.

Mbul Kecil 31/3/24 10:08

yummy...the texture of your chocolate bread is amazing...nice for tea time on the afternoon....

JoAnna 31/3/24 11:22

It must be an interesting dish. A bit exotic to me.

David M. Gascoigne, 31/3/24 12:35

Seems like an improbable combination of ingredients, but the results look wonderful.

Laura. M 31/3/24 15:44

Se ve estupendo. Gracias.
Buena Pascua.
Un abrazo.

Velva-Evening With A Sandwich 31/3/24 17:06

Angie, I have been on a sourdough baking phase lately. I have really enjoyed the experience. Your sourdough looks amazing! I really enjoy the tang in the dough, it makes a difference.

David 31/3/24 22:13

Angie, I will admit that the combination of beer, chocolate and sourdough sounds a bit off putting. I'd give it a try with some quality butter and a nice cheese...but I'm not sure which one would work best. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

DeniseinVA 31/3/24 23:20

That's a combination of ingredients I wouldn't have thought of. Intriguing and sounds quite delicous! Thanks Angie!

Pam 2/4/24 19:37

My family would love this bread!

Raymund | 4/4/24 23:20

Love the rich brown colour on this bread!

sherry 4/4/24 23:28

This looks absolutely wonderful Angie. I love the sound of adding cocoa to the dough. What a marvellous colour it gives to the bread, and I can imagine that delightful bit of flavour.

[Reply] 5/4/24 20:52

Wow Angie, what an amazing bread!!


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