CHOCOLATE CHERRY BREAD
Why I Love This Recipe
Chocolate Cherry bread is light and delicious. Eaten right out of the oven, there is absolutely nothing like it. The greatest thing about this bread is that it truly freezes so well.
I use it a lot in different recipes and always like to have it on hand. I usually make it on a day when I am not to busy and make about 3 small round loaves of 1 large loaf. You will find such satisfaction out of making your own breads. I love the smell of my kitchen when they are baking. Enjoy.
Ingredients You'll Need
½ package dry yeast
⅔ cups warm water
3 tablespoon honey
3 tablespoons softened sweet unsalted butter
1½ cup good quality cocoa
½ cup chocolate chips
1 cup cherries cooked, recipe in cherry truffles
3 to 4 cups all purpose organic flour
2 teaspoons Himalayan sea salt
1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon honey
Pour yeast over ⅔ cups warm water. Let sit for 10 minutes on until bubbles appear. Add ¼ cup of cocoa, ½ cup flour and sugar . Mix thoroughly. Cover bowl with saran wrap and let sit for 1 hour. Stir in remaining ingredients. Knead dough until soft and pliable. Add more flour if to sticky.
Place in a clean lightly oiled bowl. Cover with saran wrap and let rise for 2 hours in a warm turned off oven. If you are making 1 large loaf, wrap into a large 8 inch ball and place on a silpat on a cookie sheet. Flatten a little and place back in a warm turned off oven. Let rise 2 hours more. Dough may also be placed and shaped in small loaf pans or into 3 small rounds.
After rising, bake large loaf in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes. Let cool and enjoy. Smaller loaves take about 10 minutes. Dust with cocoa and a cherry. Enjoy.