Thursday, May 15, 2014

Double Chocolate Crescents!

 As for the future, your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it.”        
Antoine de Saint Exupery

When talking about making homemade bread, I often hear folks say, "I LOVE homemade bread, but I just don't have the time for something like that!"  At shows where I'm demo-ing the EZ DOH, my hubby will start a conversation with people passing by about how easy it can be to make bread.....Folks will often smile, take a warm sample of bread and then spout the aforementioned statement and walk on.  I wish I could just have a few more moments with them to explain that it's not usually about TIME - it's about PLANNING. Time is such a gift... we just need to plan how we are going to use that gift! And how we use it strongly reflects on the things that are a priority to us.

I love that the EZ DOH really does make bread-making fast and simple (Don't mean to sound like an advertisement here, but it is true! LOL!). It enables me to use my time to fulfill several of my "priorities" in life: 1. To pursue my passion for baking without taking too much time 2. To express my love for those around me - by giving them gifts of homemade bread! 3. To open up time for other "priorities"! It all takes just a little planning........

Plan to make these Double-Chocolate Crescents....someone will thank you for the time you took!!!

  Double Chocolate Crescents   
Roll Ingredients
¼ Cup water
1 Tbsp/packet Red Star Platinum yeast 
¼ Cup sugar
3 ¼-3 ½ Cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1 egg

¾ Cup evaporated milk
¼ Cup butter
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
1 ounce semisweet chocolate
Chocolate Filling Ingredients:
1 Cup sugar
½ Cup cocoa powder
3 Tbsp. unbleached all-purpose flour
¼ Cup butter
1 egg
½ Cup finely chopped almonds or pecans

To prepare chocolate filling: Mix sugar, cocoa and flour. Cut in butter and blend well. Stir in egg. Add nuts. Mix well.

To prepare rolls : Combine milk, butter and chocolates in a microwave-proof bowl. Heat in microwave for 45 seconds. Stir. Continue heating at 20 second increments, stirring well after each, until chocolates are melted. Let mixture cool slightly, till just warm. In the EZ DOH bucket, dissolve yeast in water. Let rest for 1 minute. Add 1 cup of flour to yeast mixture in bucket, then add sugar, salt, egg, remaining flour and chocolate mixture. EZ DOH-it until smooth and elastic, about 2-3 minutes. Cover bucket and let rise for 20 minutes. Divide dough into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into an 8”x4” oval. Spread chocolate filling evenly over each oval. Starting at the short end, roll each one tightly, pinching seams to seal. With kitchen shears, make 5 cuts on the side of each roll, cutting halfway through. Curve to form crescents and place on a greased baking sheet. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise until about doubled. Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. Sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar to serve. 


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