What's more convenient than a bread machine for fresh loaves of bread? Knowing that you can enjoy your favorite nutty treat anytime when you keep an extra loaf tucked away in your freezer!
Add milk, eggs, water, butter, vanilla, both flours, sugar, cinnamon, salt, yeast and 1/2 cup of the chocolate pieces to the bread machine according to the machine's directions. Select the 'dough' cycle. When the cycle is complete, remove the dough from the machine, punch it down, cover and let it rest for 10 minutes.
Divide the loaf in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into a 10 x 7 inch rectangle. Divide the 1/4 cup of chocolate pieces and the walnuts between the separated dough pieces sprinkling them on evenly and lightly pressing them in.
Beginning at a short side, roll up each rectangle into a spiral before sealing the seams and ends. Place the loaves with the seam sides down into 2 greased 8 x 4 x 2 inch loaf pans. Cover the pans and let them rise in a warm place until they are nearly double their original size (usually between 35 to 45 minutes).
Bake in a 350 degree F oven for about 30 minutes or until the bread sounds hollow when tapped. Remove the bread from the pan and cool just a bit on a wire rack.
In a microwaveable bowl, combine 2 tablespoons chocolate pieces and the shortening. Heat on HIGH for 30 to 45 seconds or until the chocolate is soft enough to stir smooth. Drizzle the chocolate mixture over the slightly cooled bread.
To freeze the Nut Lover's Chocolate Bread Machine Loaf, seal and place in the freezer for up to 3 months.
To serve frozen Nut Lover's Chocolate Bread Machine Loaf, thaw at room temperature.
Each loaf yields 16 servings.
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