Sunday, October 3, 2010

Day 274: Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Focaccia

I apologize for not being able to post yesterday's recipe!  My family took a weekend trip to beautiful St. George, Utah and we forgot the power cord for the laptop!  I just got home, so I'm playing catch up!  The first weekend in October is the St. George Marathon that my hubby runs every year.  So while he runs, we spend the morning climbing on the beautiful red rock hills.  It's rough duty, I know!  :)  If you're wondering, my hubby ran the marathon in 3 hours, 8 minutes and 52 seconds.  Its his 3rd best time, so we are very proud!

I made this bread as a snack for the kids before we headed out on Friday.  It is adapted from a Taste of Home magazine.

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Focaccia
12" dutch oven

6-6 1/2 cups flour
2 (1/4 oz.) pkgs. yeast
1 tsp. salt
2 cups warm water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2-1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3-4 Tbs. milk

Dissolve the yeast in the warm water and allow to sit for 5 minutes.  Add the salt and vegetable oil and enough flour to form a soft dough.  Turn onto a floured surface and knead until smooth.  Place in a greased bowl and allow to rise 1 hour.
Punch the dough down and divide in half.  Pat each portion flat, cover and let stand 10 minutes.  Press the dough into 2 well greased dutch ovens.  Prick the top of the dough with a fork.  Brush with butter.  Combine the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the dough.  Top with chocolate chips.  Let stand 10-15 minutes.  Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned.  Use 1 1/2 rings on top and 1 ring on the bottom.  Remove from pans and cool on wire racks.  Combine powdered sugar and enough milk to achieve a glaze consistency; drizzle over warm bread.  Makes 2 round loaves.

The Finished Product

The Review

This was really good.  I was hoping the chocolate chips would melt and leave little puddles of chocolate on the bread, but the chips kept their shape.  My kids gobbled this up!  Its a really good dessert bread.  You could use nuts instead of the chocolate chips, or maybe even M & M's.  Just use your imagination.  This made a great snack for my kids.  Grade B+.

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