Chocolate Almond Pull-Apart Bread

Chocolate Almond Pull Apart Bread

Chocolate, almond, and rich, fluffy bread dough combine for the ultimate pull-apart recipe. Whether enjoying it as breakfast, dessert, or an outrageous snack, this compulsively eatable Chocolate Almond Pull-Apart Bread will reign as a new favorite in your baking wheelhouse. Find more recipes featuring delicious milk chocolate in our March/April 2018 Issue

Chocolate Almond Pull-Apart Bread
 
Makes 2 (8x4-inch) loaves
Ingredients
  • 4¼ cups (531 grams) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2¼ teaspoons (4.5 grams) instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon (3 grams) kosher salt
  • ¾ cup (180 grams) warm whole milk (120°F/49°C to 125°F/52°C)
  • 2 large eggs (100 grams), room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk (19 grams), room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon (4 grams) vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon (4 grams) almond extract
  • ½ cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, softened and cubed
  • ½ cup (57 grams) sliced almonds
  • ½ cup (85 grams) finely chopped 45% cacao milk chocolate
  • Milk Chocolate-Almond Filling (recipe below)
  • 1½ ounces (45 grams) 45% cacao milk chocolate, melted
  • 1½ ounces (45 grams) white chocolate, melted
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine flour, sugar, yeast, and salt.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together warm milk, eggs, egg yolk, and extracts. With mixer on low speed, gradually add milk mixture to flour mixture, beating just until combined. Switch to the dough hook attachment. With mixer on medium-low speed, add butter, 2 tablespoons (28 grams) at a time, beating until combined after each addition. Increase mixer speed to medium, and beat until smooth and elastic, 3 to 5 minutes. Add almonds and chopped chocolate, beating until combined. Spray a large bowl with cooking spray. Place dough in bowl, turning to grease top. Cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  3. Knead dough 5 times, and shape into a ball; return to greased bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Butter and flour 2 (8x4-inch) loaf pans. Line pans with parchment paper.
  5. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 20x18-inch rectangle. Spread Milk Chocolate-Almond Filling onto dough. Using a sharp knife, cut dough widthwise into 5 (4-inch) strips. Stack strips one on top of the other, and cut into 4x2½-inch rectangles. Stand prepared pans vertically on one short side, and starting at bottom, carefully layer dough rectangles, cut side up, one on top of the other in pans. Turn loaf pans upright onto bottoms.
  6. Bake until golden and an instant-read thermometer inserted in center registers 190°F (88°C), 30 to 45 minutes, covering with foil to prevent excess browning, if necessary. Let cool in pans for 15 minutes. Remove from pans, and drizzle with melted milk and white chocolates. Serve warm.

Milk Chocolate-Almond Filling
 
Makes about 1 cup
Ingredients
  • ½ cup (85 grams) 45% cacao milk chocolate, chopped
  • ¼ cup (60 grams) heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons (42 grams) unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons (24 grams) granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup (57 grams) chopped almonds
Instructions
  1. In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate, cream, butter, sugar, and salt. Microwave on high in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until melted and smooth. Stir in almonds. Cover and refrigerate until thickened, at least 30 minutes or up to 4 days.

 

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