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A partially sliced loaf of tasty Chocolate Cherry Bread.
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Chocolate Cherry Bread

This dense yeasted bread has a chocolate-molasses dough that's studded with chocolate chips and dried sweet cherries. It's delicious when toasted and served warm!
Prep Time2 hrs 20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time3 hrs
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 720kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 package Rapid Rise Yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (between 100 and 110 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dried sweet cherries
  • 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients (starting with just 2 ½ cups flour) to a food processor and process until they begin to come together to form a sticky dough. Add additional flour, ¼ cup at a time (processing in between,) until you are just able to pull out the dough without it sticking all over your hands. (It’s okay if the dough is still a little sticky. You don’t want to add too much flour or the dough will be tough.)
  • Turn the dough out of the food processor and into a medium mixing bowl coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise in a warm place free from drafts for 30 minutes to 1 hour, or until dough has doubled in size. 
  • Take dough out of bowl and knead a bit, either just between your hands or on a lightly floured surface, before placing dough in a greased 8-inch round cake pan. Let rise, uncovered, in a warm place for another hour. 
  • Towards the end of the second rise, preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. When dough is finished rising, bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes, or until bread sounds a bit hollow when you tap on the top. Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then turn out on to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Nutrition

Calories: 720kcal | Carbohydrates: 126g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 273mg | Potassium: 502mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 602IU | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 8mg