My poor sourdough starter has really been neglected since my monthly sourdough group dissolved. I’ve been trying hard to use it once a month, but it’s much more difficult without the incentive of a deadline. When I saw a recipe recently for White Chocolate Raspberry Sourdough Bread, I was immediately inspired inspired to make a bittersweet chocolate version. I always have fresh raspberries on hand this time of year and chocolate any time of year, so all I had to do was revive my poor starter for a few days before I could get started.
Chocolate Raspberry Sourdough Bread is simply a normal savory sourdough loaf into which you knead fresh (not frozen as those are too wet) raspberries and chocolate chips or chunks. This was actually the hard part! There were several messy minutes in which I thought it would just never come together. Thankfully, it finally did as all of the raspberries were broken up and the liquid absorbed by the dough. The unbaked dough was a beautiful shade of pink.
The dough is then proofed and baked as usual. I did try one more fun thing with my loaf, which was to put my initial on the top using a technique from a class I took recently. To do this, the proofed loaf is first evenly dusted with white flour. The stencil/shape you desire to keep white is then laid on top of the loaf. The entire loaf top is then dusted with cocoa powder. When the stencil is removed, the shape left behind has a nice contrast with the white flour underneath. I was pleased with how well this came out, even after baking. I probably could have dusted a little heavier with the flour, but my design still showed up pretty well.
The finished loaf of Chocolate Raspberry Sourdough was pretty delicious. It had a crispy crust but a tender and moist interior. Though the beautiful pink color faded, the loaf definitely had a light flavor of raspberry. We enjoyed this very much for snacks as it was hearty and satisfying with a bit of natural sweetness that is so desirable in the afternoons for some reason.
Since the We Should Cocoa challenge for this month is “Anything Goes” in honor of the founder’s birthday month (Happy Birthday, Choclette!), I am submitting this Chocolate Raspberry Sourdough loaf as my entry.
- 375g bread flour, plus extra for dusting
- 250g active sourdough starter, 100% hydration
- 7g salt
- 100-130ml/3½-4fl oz tepid water
- olive oil, for kneading
- 150g bittersweet (65%) chocolate chips
- 100g/3½oz fresh raspberries (do not use frozen)
- semolina flour for dusting
- additional flour/cocoa and a stencil if desired
- Combine the flour, starter and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the 100ml of water and start mixing. Add additional water as needed to bring the mixture together into a soft dough.
- On a lightly oiled flat surface, knead the dough for 8-10 minutes until the surface has a soft, smooth skin.
- Place in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a towel. Let rise for 5 hours or until doubled in size.
- Knead the dough a few more times to punch out all of the air. Flatten into a disk and top with the chocolate and raspberries. Continue to knead until the chocolate and raspberries are completely combined into the dough.
- Roll into an elongated shape to fit into a floured proving basket. If you don't have a proving basket. flour a tea towel very well and line a large bread pan or casserole dish with the towel and then tip in the loaf.
- Let rise for 5-9 hours until the dough springs back lightly when poked gently with a fingertip.
- Preheat the oven to 220C/425F.
- Gently tip the dough out onto a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment and dusted with semolina.
- If decorating the loaf, lightly but evenly dust the surface of the bread with some flour. Lay down the stencil and dust over the top with sifted cocoa powder. Remove the stencil.
- Bake for 20 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 190C/375F and bake for another 20-25 minutes. If the loaf is browning too much, cover with foil. The loaf should sound hollow on the bottom when topped.
- Cool completely on a rack before slicing and serving.