Chocolate Filled Braid

Chocolate Filled Braid

2 1/4 c bread flour,unsifted
2 T sugar
1/2 t salt
1 pk dry yeast
1/2 c milk
1/4 c water
1/2 c bitter chocolate
1 egg
**CHOCOLATE FILLING**
3/4 c mini chocolate chips
2 T sugar
1/3 c evaporated milk
1 t vanilla
1/2 c finely walnuts (or pecans)-Chopped
1/4 t cinnamon
**CONFECTIONERS SUGAR GLAZE**
1 c powdered sugar
1 T butter (or oleo)
1/2 t vanilla
2 T milk
Prepare chocolate filling & set aside. Combine 1 cup flour, sugar &
yeast in large bowl & set aside. Combine milk, water & butter in
saucepan & cook over low heat until very warm (120-130) degrees, the
butter does not need to melt. Add to dry ingredients, beat 2 mnutes on
medium speed. Add to dry ingredients, beat 2 minutes on medium speed.
Add enough flour to make a stiff dough. Cover & allow to rest for 20
minutes.
Turn dough onto a well floured board; roll into an 18x10 rectangle.
Spread with chocolate filling lengthwise down center third of dough.
Cut 1" wide strips diagonally along both sides of filling to within
3/4" of filling. Alternately fold opposite strips of dough at an angle
across filling. Alternately fold opposite strips of dough at an angle
across filling. Transfer to a greased cookie sheet. Shape into ring
stretching slightly; pinch ends together. Cover with wax paper brushed
with vegetable oil; top with plastic wrap. Chill 1 1/2-2 hours. May
chill overnight.
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