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    Posted February 10, 2012 by
    San Francisco, California
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    Fair-trade chocolate challenge

    Chocolate Sourdough Bread


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     vsheila is a public health nutritionist at goodguide.com, a website that rates consumer products based on their health, environmental, and social impacts. She says she makes an effort to buy fair trade coffee, tea, bananas and chocolate 'because I'd like to help contribute to a more just supply chain for these products. These products are such an important part of the lives of Americans, yet so many of us fail to consider who is behind them. I'd like to use my consumer "vote" to support a better system that's fair to everyone.'
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    Chocolate and San Francisco. Two nouns that have a history of hardship, often shrouded in fog. Two nouns that I love dearly and, as such, merit recognition in a Valentine's Day recipe.

    When you try to think of classic San Franciscan dishes (cioppino? Green Goddess Salad? dungeness crab?), it becomes clear that there aren't very many that use chocolate. I was forced to innovate, and I chose to go big with the most iconic of SF food items: sourdough bread.

    To my good fortune and the help of the internet gods, I discovered a recipe for chocolate sourdough bread. The next step was to collect my ingredients. As homage to my inspirational nouns, I decided to source ingredients honorably and, when possible, locally. San Francisco is a place where it's easy to find responsibly produced chocolate, with even traditional grocery outlets carrying certified products. Ironically, the greater challenge was working with the San Francisco microorganisms that were instrumental to my sourdough starter (a crucial ingredient when making the famous bread).

    The recipe did take some time to come together, but the final product was worth it. Chocolate and San Francisco are now two nouns that, when combined, bring me to my knees.

    Chocolate Sourdough Bread

    -1/2 cup sourdough starter
    -1 cup lukewarm water
    -1 t yeast
    -1/2 T sugar
    -1 1/4 t salt
    -2 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
    -3.5 ounces dark chocolate
    -1 t vegetable oil
    -water for spritzing

    1. Combine all ingredients except for the chocolate and mix until just combined.
    2. Add the chocolate to the dough and mix well (try to make sure that the chocolate is distributed evenly through the dough).
    3. Cover the mixing bowl with a towel and allow to rise until doubled in size (approximately 90 minutes).
    4. Give the dough a few gentle kneads to make sure everything is well mixed.
    5. Lightly grease the baking sheet and place the dough onto it, gently shaping it into an oval loaf.
    6. Cover and allow to rise until for about 1 hour or until it puffs up - towards the end the rising time you'll want to preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
    7. Spray the top of the loaf lightly with water.
    8. Make two diagonal slashes in the top of the loaf using a serrated bread knife or other sharp knife.
    9. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the bread is a very deep golden brown.
    10. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Slice and serve, preferably warm and on a foggy morning.

    Recipe source: http://www.instructables.com/id/Chocolate-Sourdough-Bread/
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