Chocolate Sourdough Bread

Hey all!!
It has been a while since I’ve posted anything, so I thought I’d share one of my all time favorite recipes today!! It is a chocolate bread with a bit of the sourdough starter in it!! IT isn’t super sweet, but there are some chunks of chocolate in it that just make this bread delicious!

Chocolate Sourdough Bread
3 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 (.25oz) packet yeast
1/2 cup sourdough starter
1/2 cup good quality cocoa powder
1 cup warm water
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup chocolate chips or chocolate chunks

1. Combine your flour, sugar, yeast, starter, cocoa powder, water, salt, vanilla and olive oil in a large bowl. Knead for about 8-10 minutes or until it forms a smooth dough that isn’t sticky. If dough seems too dry, add water 1 tablespoon at a time until it is manageable. If it seems too moist, add flour 1 tablespoon at a time. It is a relatively heavy dough, and should be just slightly elastic when it is ready.
2. Place in a bowl, cover and let rise overnight for for about 10 hours. After this, punch down the dough and knead in the chocolate. Divide dough into three pieces. Shape into either a baguette or a circle, let rise for about 3 hours.
3. When dough is near the end of its rise, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the bread makes a hollow sound when tapped.

This bread is really delicious eaten straight out of the oven, or toasted with some butter and jam!

Also, this chocolate bread recipe is included in my cookbook (the link is on the right hand side of this page), along with a couple of ideas for serving it!

Have a wonderful day!

York Peppermint Patty Brownies

Hi everyone!! Hope you all had a fantastic holiday weekend! I definitely got to relax some as well as finish up some work that I had been putting off a bit. Anyway, over the weekend I decided to bake some brownies, and since I love mint and chocolate together, I thought it would be fun to put some mini peppermint patties in the brownie batter before baking them. It turned out really well!! The chocolate from the peppermint patties melted so the brownies were extra gooey! I also think this would be good with mini Reese’s cups or rolos.

Peppermint Patty Brownies


1/2 cup butter, melted
1 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
2/3 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/3 cup flour
12 mini peppermint patties

1. Preheat oven to 325. Grease a 9X13 baking dish. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, whisk the sugar, cocoa powder, and salt together. Pour in the melted butter. Stir in the vanilla. Beat in the eggs one at a time, until just combined. Stir in the flour, mixing until the batter just comes together.
3. Pour half of the brownie batter into your baking dish. Place the peppermint patties on top of the batter. Pour in the rest of the brownie batter, smoothing so that it is evenly distributed.
4. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the top begins to crack and the brownies test clean with a knife. The brownies will be quite gooey, but this is mostly due to the melted chocolate from the candies. Let cool completely. Slice into squares and sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.

Again, I really liked these brownies! They were a lot of fun to make and we shared them with a bunch of our friends.