!FAIL! Chocolate Bread with Dates and Pistachios, page 493, June 19, 2015 !FAIL!

Does this one sound exotic or what?  I am making this loaf for my sister, since I will be seeing her next week.  Our mom is coming back to town for a visit and I am baking her another loaf with pistachios, so this way, I can use them up and buy more room in the  cupboard.

My parents spent several years working and living in the Middle East and a bread like this makes me think of that part of the world.  The flavors of date and pistachio make me think of deserts, date palms and camels.

I forgot what a pain pistachios are, though.  It’s a good thing I don’t care about my fingernails because they always look ragged when I am done cracking these things open.

The author writes that this bread is best served sliced and spread with cream cheese.  I may have to give Becky a heads up on that, in case she decides to take this one into work with her.

Into the pan, I placed 7/8 cup room temperature water, 1 large egg, 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, 3 cups bread flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon gluten.  Using a small spoon, I made a well in the top of the flour and added 2 teaspoons SAF yeast.  I am using the medium crust and sweet bread settings on my bread machine.  When the machine beeps between Kneads 1 and 2, I will add 2/3 cup snipped, pitted dates and 1/4 cup chopped pistachios. It smells great, but doesn’t seem to be rising much.  That may just be this type of bread.  I will have to wait for Becky’s taste test to let me know if it is too heavy.

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This brick didn’t rise AT ALL.  It was heavy and flat.  I knew I didn’t want to inflict this one on anybody, so I broke it open to check out the interior, and it was still doughy.  I am not sure if this is a fail on my part, a fail of the recipe or a fail of the sweet bread setting on my bread machine.  Because I will be baking another sweet loaf in a couple days, I will hope to have a better understanding of the problem, then.

Yeah, not even going to post a picture of this doughy mess.  It is not even fit for the birds.

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