Baking Bread Recipe | Chocolate Cinnamon Braided Bread

Chocolate Cinnamon Braided Bread

1/3 cup whole milk (room temperature)
2 teaspoons dry yeast
4 3/4 cups flour
1 cup water (room temperature)
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 1/2 teaspoons flake sea salt
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)

  • For the dough, mix together the milk and yeast and allow to rest for 5 minutes.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, combine the milk mixture, flour, water, orange juice, orange zest, sugar, vanilla extract, salt, and milk at low speed until the dough just barely comes together.
  • Add the butter in thirds, mixing well after each addition. Continue mixing until a soft smooth dough forms and the dough pulls away form the sides of the mixing bowl, forming a smooth solid mass of dough around the hook, about 5 minutes. (You can do this by hand, as well, and just knead the dough until smooth and supple.)
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