Chocolate Cherry Bread brings classic combination of cherries and chocolate and bakes them in a warm bread. Sweet and amazing.
There are foods in life that just feel special, fancy even. That can be because the food conjures up a holiday memory or memory of a special occasion. It could merely be that’s a treat you don’t indulge in frequently. Maybe it’s a glass of good champagne, a decadent meal or even just a special little candy.
Growing up, I remember each year around Christmas I would visit my grandparents. It was around this time that magically a box of chocolate covered cherries would appear in their home.
I would timidly ask my grandmother if I might have just one, knowing she put them out for guests who came to visit during the holiday season. She would knowingly smile at me and always answer, “Yes. But just one, dear.” These chocolate drenched ruby colored gems were, and still are, a favorite and oh so special treat of mine.
This braided loaf of sweet bread is reminiscent of those special flavors I looked forward to each year at Christmas. Smooth chocolate and cherry preserves are enveloped in a beautiful embrace by tender dough that’s sprinkled with sparkling course sugar. It practically sparkles like the holidays themselves!
This chocolate covered cherry bread looks like it may be difficult to do, but this is a faux braid that’s very simple to put together. The hardest part about making this bread is the waiting. Once it emerges from the oven be sure to enjoy it soon after. It’s best served warm.
This bread will make a sweet dessert with a hot cup of coffee after a holiday meal shared with family or as an indulgent breakfast treat. It will be a recipe you look forward to each time you make it just like I looked forward to those special chocolate covered cherries each year at my grandparents house.
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