Husband is crazy about these – all 12 were gone in less than 24 hours! Proceed with caution.
- Juice and zest of 2 oranges
- Water or additional orange juice, if necessary, to bring the total amount of liquid to 275ml
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 50g coconut oil/vegan spread (I used Vitalite)
- 500g wholewheat bread flour, plus a little extra for sprinkling
- 6 tablespoons plant syrup/sugar (I used agave syrup)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried yeast
- 150g marzipan
- 150g dark chocolate/chocolate chips
- Orange juice
- Icing sugar
- Optional; flaked almonds
Begin by making the bread dough. Put the ingredients into your breadmaker in the order the machine instructions suggest – in my machine, that means putting the orange juice in first, adding the salt, oil/spread and zest to it, and then sprinkling over the flour so that it completely covers the juice. Then I make a little dip in the flour and pour the plant syrup/sugar into the dip. I sprinkle the yeast on top of the syrup, and then it’s ready to go into the machine. Set it to make dough and let it do it’s thing.
As the dough is kneading, chop up your chocolate and marzipan into little cubes. Alternatively you could wait until the dough is rolled out, and then roll the marzipan out into a sheet slightly smaller than the dough.
Once the dough is ready, lightly flour a clean work surface and roll the dough out into a fat oblong about half a centimeter thick (and I have discovered how to roll oblongs instead of ovals – use a glass jar instead of a rolling pin. The shorter length allows you to kinda mold a squarer shape). Sprinkle the chocolate and marzipan out across the dough, leaving a border of about 1-1 1/2cm along one edge.
Starting at the edge opposite the clear border, carefully roll the dough into a log. Use the border to seal the roll. Cut the roll into fat slices – mine were probably about 2cm? Lie them flat on a tray, cover with a clean tea towel and leave them to rise for about 45 minutes. If your home is quite cold, they may need a little longer; try to find the warmest place you can to put them.
Once they’re ready, bake them at Gas Mark 6/200C/400F for 20 minutes, until risen and golden.
Obviously, it is necessary to eat one or two (or three or four) of these hot out of the oven. Definitely do that. But to really bring out the orange flavor, make some icing with orange juice and icing sugar (I can’t give amounts because I just do it by eye…sorry). Drizzle it liberally over any swirls that remain, then scatter them with flaked almonds. Mmmmmm…