from Tiffany Ludwig
Breads can be intimidating to try. I know this; it took me years to feel confident to begin trying them out in my home kitchen. A couple of things helped me over that hurdle:
1. I got a stand mixer. Sure this isn't a necessity and people have made bread without one for a very long time. But for me a stand mixer has removed the fussiness of baking breads that had held me back.
2. I keep yeast on hand. When I'm at a grocery store and I happen to walk down the baking ingredients isle I just pick up another packet of yeast. It does keep for a long time, which is great, and the rest of the bread ingredients are almost always on hand. So this makes a spur of the moment bread baking experience possible.
This is a sweet loaf, really delicious for breakfast with a couple of runny eggs or a wonderful mid-afternoon snack. You can make it without the chocolate if you prefer or add nuts or other dried fruit. It's easily adaptable! Enjoy!