Okay seriously… dark chocolate and tart cherries – how can you go wrong? I thought it would be fun to create a dessert bread for my girls. I was right – they love it! Perfect to slice and eat or top with Nutella or peanut butter.
4 c of bread flour, plus extra for dusting
2 tsp of salt
2 tbl of olive oil
1.5 tbl yeast
1/2 c of warm water (use only enough to achieve a nice dough consistency)
4 oz of canned tart cherries (drained)
5 oz of dark chocolate chips
In a large bowl combine flour, salt, olive oil and the yeast. Then slowly pour in the warm water. You will only use as much as you need to make the dough pliable. Then on a floured surface, take the dough and knead it for about 8 minutes. Cover and let rest for one hour.
You can divide the dough into two balls or for a larger loaf, use one. Incorporate the cherries and then the chocolate into the dough. The dough will become quite messy due to the juiciness of the cherries. Add enough flour to make the dough pliable. Press the dough down into more of a disk shape (about 2 inches thick). Let rest for 45 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 400. Before placing the bread on a cookie sheet, score the bread with diagonal lines (using a filet knife). Bake for 25-35 minutes or until nicely browned.