Wednesday 30 September 2015

Simple Hershey's Bread Loaf (Breadmaker) 自制可可面包

I have been baking my own breads and making my own jams ever since I got my breadmaker in November 2014. I cut down drastically on retail breads. I cannot be happier with the decision as I get to create some breads that are unique and unavailable from bakeries. 

It can be quite boring to be baking white breads and wholemeal breads all the time. I like to experiment with different flavours and ingredients. This simple Hershey's Bread Loaf 自制可可面包 is one such end product out of my trials. I will share many more in future.

Simple as it is, rest assure that this is one loaf that feels good, smells good and tastes good....

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Ingredients (enough for a 750 gm bread loaf) to be added in strict sequence :

  • 260 ml water
  • 1.5 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar (You would have realised that I really cut down on salt & sugar in my recipe. Add more to your taste if you prefer.)
  • 400 gm white bread flour
  • 4 tbsp Hershey's unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp instant yeast

(tsp = teaspoon; tbsp = tablespoon)    

Tip 1 : Ingredients must be added in right sequence. Otherwise, the bread may not rise tall and well textured.

Tip 2 : Store yeast in freezer for longer life and effectiveness.

Tip 3 : When adding ingredients, do not let yeast get in direct contact with salt and water. Salt is a yeast inhibitor. It would retard or stop yeast activity.


Do not jump queue. Ingredients must be added in proper sequence in order to get a tall and well textured loaf. Add 260 ml water to bread pan first.
Follow by 1.5 tbsp cooking oil. 
Add 1/2 tsp salt and 2 tsp sugar.
Fold in 400 gm bread flour.
Add 4 tbsp Hershey's unsweetened cocoa powder.
Lastly, 2 tsp instant yeast.
Lock bread pan back to breadmaker and close lid.
Set breadmaker to 'White Bread' baking mode. Select the right weightage (750 gm) and preferred colour tone (light, mid or dark) and press 'Start'. In this instance, it takes 4 hr 10 mins to deliver. Use 'Rapid' or 'Super Rapid' mode if rushing for time.
The knead blade would start working. After about 5 minutes, you would see a nicely kneaded dough. In the first few minutes, if you see the dough being too watery, add a little bread flour. If you see the dough being too dry, add a little water (tsp by tsp) slowly until satisfied. Leave the dough alone after that. Do not flip open the lid too often to peep as that would disrupt the fermentation. Leave it alone till the bread is baked. 
Remove bread loaf from breadmaker when time's due. Do not cut the bread at this stage. Cool it down first.
Beautiful loaf that is soft inside and crusty outside. Well textured with no lumps of unbaked flour inside. Smells very chocolatey....
Use bread knife to cut the loaf. Other types of knives would not work as good.
The slice goes best with chocolate's sheer indulgence.

We like this Hershey's Bread Loaf 自制可可面包 so much that we gobbled 4 slices of it right after a heavy dinner.


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