Chocolate-Cherry Loaf
Recipe from Family Circle

Dried cherries and chocolate make a flavorful duo in this bread recipe that's sure to be a hit during the holidays or any other occasion.



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Yield: 3 mini loaves (8 slices each) or one standard-size loaf
Prep Time: 20 mins
Related Categories: Bread, Chocolate Desserts, Christmas, Desserts
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Ingredients
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    1/3  cup 
    cocoa powder
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    1/3  cup 
    plus 3/4 cup sugar
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    2 1/4  cups 
    all-purpose flour
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    1   teaspoon 
    baking powder
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    1/2  teaspoon 
    baking soda
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    1/4  teaspoon 
    salt
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    2   
    eggs
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    1/3  cup 
    oil
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    1/2  teaspoon 
    almond extract
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    1   cup 
    sour cream
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    1/2  cup 
    dried cherries, chopped
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    3   tablespoons 
    mini chocolate chips

Directions
1.
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat 3, 5-3/4 x 3 x 2-1/8-inch loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray.
2.
In small bowl, whisk cocoa powder, 1/3 cup of the sugar and 1/3 cup water until smooth. Set aside.
3.
In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a medium-size bowl, whisk together remaining 3/4 cup sugar, the eggs, oil and almond extract. Whisk in sour cream.
4.
Stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture until blended. Stir 1-1/2 cups of the batter into the cocoa mixture, along with the chopped cherries, until no white streaks remain. Dollop alternating spoonfuls of batter into prepared pans. Swirl batters together with a butter knife until marbled in appearance. Top each loaf with 1 tablespoon mini chips.
5.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 35 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center of loaves comes out clean. Cool loaves in pans on wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove directly to rack to cool completely.
Note
  • Batter may be baked as one 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf; increase baking time to 45 to 50 minutes; test center of loaf with a toothpick before removing.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 201, Fat, total (g) 8, chol. (mg) 29, sat. fat (g) 3, carb. (g) 29, fiber (g) 1, pro. (g) 3, sodium (mg) 103, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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