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Sunday, February 14, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Ah, a nice cup of Latte…. (3. HBin5 -Chocolate Espresso dough-)

It’s Valentines day and what better way to start it than with a nice cup of latte.
                                      Happy  Valentines day to all of you!
  This latte started out with the determination to finish this month bread braid which was to use Chocolate Espresso WW Bread dough to make some chocolate tangerine bars.
So I got ready and filled my espresso maker with espresso coffee and water and set it up on the glass top oven.
A good Latte, made with some fresh espresso and some milk foam on top is one of my all time favorite drink and I was shattered when I discovered after moving to Germany that the type of stove (glass top) in the place we rented would make this a thing of the past for a while. See how the element heats up?
So the reasons why I rarely make Espresso now are the possibility of burning the handle of the pot or causing damage to the heating element.
Today however I threw all those fears out the window and went ahead and had myself a nice hot cup of latte.
Well, that and of course the need to make one of the main ingredients for the Chocolate Espresso WW bread dough.
This dough has  1/2c of cocoa powder to 3c of flour. Quite a bit I thought. The first bit of dough I made into the bars by adding some chocolate chips, dried cranberries and the zest of an orange (no tangerine) to the dough and filling it into a square pan.
It’s Fasching season (Mardi Grass) and Rose Monday is tomorrow so I added some colorful sprinkles to those bars.
Now the word bars are very deceiving here because when I think of bars I think of something sweet. These are good but more for breakfast, after all they are made using bread dough.
What do you do when you still have some marzipan leftover from your Christmas bakery and are in dire need to use it up?
You put it in some chocolate dough, that’s what you do.
I simply rolled some marzipan and put it in the middle of some flattened dough, rolled it up length wise and twisted it into a bagel type form. It came out round after baking.
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I Also wanted to do something more Valentine’s day’isch so I spread some of the dough in these cute heart shaped spring forms.
DSCF0978                topped it with some Nutella and some more dough and voila.
                                 I wish you all a Happy Valentines Day.


Chow and Chatter said...

wow you did a great job and I adore your latte, your right I should try the beet ones lol i don't like beets though!

Ezzie said...

These look delicious! Love the idea of the marzipan in the center! And using Nutella for topping! Oh yum!

Elwood said...

The marzipan and nutella sound great. The hearts were perfect for Valentine's day.

Petra said...

chow and chatter: thanks :), i could not detect a taste of beet. But than I used cooked beets.

Aparna said...

Marzipan in bread sounds wonderful. As for the beets, we don't like them though I'm slowly finding out that beets can't always be tasted in the foods they are in.

Cristie said...

Your pans are just darling! The marzipan was such a brainstorm- just brilliant.

Raelyn said...

Great job being so creative.

teresa said...

your breads turned out beautiful! we did nutella on our chocolate bread too, nutella just makes everything better!

Joanne said...

Ooohh I love marzipan! What a seriously great idea. Good job with this bread!

Judy's Bakery & Test Kitchen said...

Wow, great creativity! Wish I had thought of the Nutella sitting in my cabinet!

Danielle said...

i don't know if I've ever had marzipan before....but what a great idea! Your chocolate espresso dough creations are wonderful

Cathy (breadexperience) said...

Beautiful loaves! Very festive. I bet they were good with the marzipan. Yum!

Megan said...

Oh gosh, you are so creative! I love the sprinkles, the heart shapped springform pans, and the marzipan in the middle. Wish I would have thought of that! And nutella puts it all over the top!

Heather B said...

mmm...nutella. I wish I had thought to top my bread with it! Great job on your bread!

Carlyn said...

Wow, what whateverful bread! I love your heart pans. I have never seen them before. Great pictures.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I love the idea of putting Nutella on the chocolate bread - I sure wish I would have thought of that! I also think the marzipan idea was great. Your hearts shaped breads are beautiful!

Bonnie said...

I didn't have time to try this one. You amaze me with your creativity.

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