Cook's Hideout: Chocolate-Cherry Bread

July 18, 2006

Chocolate-Cherry Bread

During our last weekend farmer's market shopping, I bought these fresh organic cherries (they costed me a fortune, but hey, they are worth every penny). So after we devoured the sweet cherries, I decided to make Cherry-Chocolate bread, recipe courtesy Vegetarian times.
After I added yeast to water and mixing all my dry ingredients, I realized there was no butter to use. I wanted to use canola oil, but my sister suggested using "Desi Ghee" (clarified butter). I was skeptical initially, but the bread turned out really good.
Following is the actual recipe.

0.25oz. pkg. yeast - 1
Sugar - 1/3 cup + 1tbsp
All purpose flour or bread flour - 2 1/3 cups
Unsweetened cocoa powder - 1/2 cup
Unsalted Butter - 2 tbsp melted
Chocolate chips - 1/2 cup
Cherries - 1 1/2 cups pitted

  • Dissolve yeast and 1tbsp sugar to 1 cup of wam water. Let stand 5 miutes or until water is cloudy and smells yeasty.
  • Sift remaining sugar, flour, cocoa and salt in a large bowl.
  • Add yeast and water to flour and mix well with a wooden spoon till it forms a smooth dough.
  • Fold in butter.
  • Transfer dough to a well-floured surface and knead 7 to 10minutes.
  • Pat dough into 10" square. Place cherries and chocolate chips in the center, fold in sides like an envelope. Press edges to seal.
  • Gently knead dough to evenly distribute chocolate and cherries throughout. Transfer to oiled bowl, cover and let rise 11/2 hours in warm place.
  • Punch dough down and place on a well-floured work surface.
  • Roll into thick log, then cut log into 16 equal rounds. Roll each round into a tight ball, and place on baking sheet coated with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Set baking sheet in warm place, and let balls rise 30 to 45 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375F. Bake rolls 20 to 25minutes, or until tops appear dry and centers spring back when touched.

  • Cool 15 minutes before serving.
This is my entry to Sweetnicks ARF/5-a-day Tuesday.


  1. It looks so yum!Cherry and Choco what a combo:)

  2. Hi pavani..First time in your blog. I Like your blog name cooks hideout-Really a Perfect place. Your choc-cherry bread looks delicious.

  3. Hi Sumitha,
    Thank you very much.

    Hi Sudha,
    Welcome to my blog. Keep visiting.

    Hi Monisha,
    As a chocolate lover, you should definitely make this bread. Thanks for visiting.

  4. I'd love to try this recipe, Pavani.
    How did it taste? Like a choco bagel? Example please.

  5. Looks good,cherry and chocolate go so well together.

  6. pavani, your choc-cheyy bread looks delicious.

  7. What a good try to add butter! Your bread looks so good, so chocolate-y, yum!

  8. ounbpvaHi Indira,
    Bread's texture is softer than a bagel and it tastes more like dense chocolate cake.
    Try it and let me know.

    Hi Archana,
    Choco-Cherry do go well together.

    Thank you for your comments.

    Thank you for your comments.

  9. Cherry & chocolate yum yum!!

  10. Hi Darshini,
    I dont think avoiding choco chips will alter the texture. They just give an additional chocolate layer, but if you are not a big fan of ch.chips/ dont have any on hand, you can bake without them.

  11. This looks like the best recipe for chocolate cherry bread I've found. Can't wait to try it, I want to use the bread for bread pudding - yum!

  12. Hi Paavani,
    The choco cherry bread looks yummy. Quite a laborious cooking process though. Wouldn't the bread taste better if folded in with either just the choco chips or just the cherries. I was wondering if the combination of both would make it too sweet!

  13. i don't understand how much is "0.25oz. pkg. yeast - 1". pls let me know how many tsp of dry yeast should i use? thanks

  14. Hi Anon, One package of active dry yeast or dry yeast = 2 1/4 teaspoons = 1/4 ounce (.25 oz).
    Have fun baking!! Pavani

  15. Cherries and Chocolate is such a great combination!

    My sisters and I have a linky party every Sunday called Everyday Sisters Sharing Sundays. We pick a theme each week and this week's theme is Chocolate. We would like to invite you to come by and link up your favorite chocolate recipes. The link is opened all week (until Sat) so please come by and say hi.



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