Bread is one of my guilty pleasures, especially when it’s freshly baked. So today, I decided to imitate one of my favorite bread from the Cheesecake Factory. Cocoa bread as I like to call it, is served warm with butter and will fulfill your bread desire before your main course.
Rich in cocoa powder and molasses, it is sweet yet savory. It’s chewy texture allows the flavors to ignite your taste buds and demand more. Serve a slice of cocoa bread with butter to compliment any meal or eat a slice because it is so darn delicious.
◦ ¾ cup water, 105 degress
◦ 1 packet or 2 1/4 tsp dry yeast
◦ ¼ cup molasses
◦ 1 cup bread flour
◦ ¾ cups wheat flour
◦ 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
◦ 1 tbsp. sugar
◦ ½ tsp. salt
◦ 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
◦ 2 tbsp. old fashion oats
1. In a small bowl combine water, instant coffee, yeast and sugar. Whisk to combine and set aside so yeast will begin to bubble and activate. Let set for about 5 minutes.
2. Using a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment add the cocoa powder, salt, molasses, oil and yeast mixture and stir to combine. Slowly start adding in both types of flour a little at a time and mix until all flour is incorporated into the mixture. Do not over mix, you want the dough to be pulling away from the sides of the bowl and a little sticky.
3. Spray a large bowl with non stick spray. Add dough mixture to bowl and cover with a dish towel. Allow dough to rise and double it’s size, approximately 2 hours.
4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
5. Transfer dough to a greased loaf pan. Sprinkle the top of the loaf with the oats.
6. Bake 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
7. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before turning out from loaf pan.