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Scrumptious Chocolate Wreath

Contributed by: News Canada

Bread:

  • 3 1/2 - 4 cups Five Roses White flour (875 ml / 1 L) with Wheat Bran
  • 1/4 cup (50 ml) granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) salt
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) quick-rise instant yeast
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) each: milk and water
  • 1/3 cup (75 ml) margarine, melted
  • 3/4 cup (175 ml) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs

Filling:

  • 1 cup (250 ml) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup (250 ml) chopped maraschino cherries
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup (50 ml) packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp (25 ml) margarine
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) ground cinnamon

Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 4 tsp (20 ml) each: margarine and water

Bread:

Reserve 1 cup (250 ml) flour. Combine remaining flour, sugar, salt and yeast in large bowl. Heat milk, water, margarine and chocolate until hot to touch. Stir into dry ingredients. Mix in eggs and enough reserved flour to make soft dough.

Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic. Cover; let rest 10 min. Divide dough into 3 equal parts. Roll each part into 24 x 4-inch (60 x 10-cm) rectangle.

Filling:

Mix chocolate, cherries, pecans, sugar, margarine and cinnamon. Spread evenly over each of 3 dough parts approx. 1 inch (2.5 cm) of edge. Starting at long edge, roll as for jelly roll. Pinch seam to seal. Braid 3 rolls and form into a wreath; pinch to seal. Place on greased baking sheet. Cover; let rise until doubled in size.

Bake at 350 F (180 C) for 35 to 40 min.

Glaze: Melt chocolate, margarine and water over hot water. Drizzle over cooled bread.


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