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This is just plain yummy. A portion of the white chips melt, contributing to the smooth, dense texture of this bread, while other chips stay whole, giving you a potent burst of the flavor of white chocolate with each bite.
Note: Acting on the advice of the readers in the comments section below, we've decreased the water and increased the flour in this recipe; thus, you should be able to follow it successfully as written.
1 1/2-pound loaf
1/2 cup (4 ounces) milk, lukewarm
1/2 cup (4 ounces) water, lukewarm
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons (7/8 ounce) granulated sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) unsalted butter
3 cups (12 3/4 ounces) King Arthur Unbleached Bread Flour
1 1/3 cups white chocolate chips
2 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
Place all of the ingredients, except the white chocolate, into the pan of your bread machine and program for the basic cycle, light crust (if possible).
Check the dough after 10 to 15 minutes of kneading; it should have formed a smooth ball, soft, but not sticky. If necessary, adjust the dough's consistency with additional water or flour.
Add the white chocolate when the machine signals, or about 3 minutes before the end of the kneading cycle. When the kneading cycle stops, check and see if all the chips have been kneaded in; if not, take the dough out of the machine, and knead in any remaining chips by hand. Return the bread to the machine, and allow it to complete its cycle. Yield: one 8" (1 1/2-pound) loaf.
Note: Chocolate breads, rich in fat and sugar, are never an exact science in the bread machine. If desired, use your machine's dough or manual cycle, adding the chips at the end of the second kneading cycle. Then, at the conclusion of the dough or manual cycle, remove the dough, shape it as you wish, let it rise till it's just about doubled in size, and bake it in a 350°F oven for about 35 minutes. Check the loaf after 20 minutes of baking, as its high sugar content will cause early browning.
Nutrition information per serving (1 slice, 1/16 of loaf, 65g): 163 cal, 6.9g fat, 3g protein, 20g complex carbohydrates, 7g sugar, 2g dietary fiber, 6mg cholesterol, 237mg sodium, 46mg potassium, 19RE vitamin A, 1mg iron, 49mg calcium, 30mg phosphorus.