Chocolate Bread with Fudge Butter

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It should be called “Are You Effing Kidding Me Bread?”

Ingredients:

3 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon yeast

1/2 cub turbinado sugar + additional for sprinkling on top of bread

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup almonds + some additional for sprinkling on top of bread

1 tablespoon kosher salt

1-1/2 cups water

1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

Fudge Butter

1 stick of salted butter, softened

1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

2 tablespoons salted butter

Directions:

At any point, make the fudge butter:

Heat 2 tablespoons of butter and chocolate chips until melted.  Put aside and let cool.  Mix into softened stick of butter by hand or in mixer.  Refrigerate while not using.  Let sit out for a few minutes before serving.

BREAD:

Prepare 12 hours in advance. Mix together flour, salt, yeast, cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon, chocolate chips, and almonds.  Add water until just blended.  Dough will be sticky.  Let sit in a covered bowl for at least 12 hours and up to 24 hours.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees for approximately 30 minutes. Place covered dutch oven in oven while it is heating.  Carefully remove from oven, take off lid and drop dough into the hot pot.  Sprinkle almonds and sugar.  Cover and cook for 30 minutes.  Take off lid and cook for approximately 15 minutes more until top is evenly browned.

Take out of dutch oven and let cool on wire rack.  Slather with fudge butter and eat.

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