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Chocolate Chunk Cherry Bread for BBD #47 and Bad Boy First Love Part Five

February 23, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Posted in Appetizers, BBD, Breads, Dessert, Fruit, Yeastspotting | 46 Comments
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Before I get to Part 5 of my Bad Boy First Love Story, if you recall, I’m this month’s host for Bread Baking Day #47, Bread with Chocolate.  Of course, the host takes part too, so I’m submitting a fantastically, deep, dark chocolate bread with dried cherries that are soaked in kirsch and big, chocolate chunks.  These are the photos you’ll be viewing throughout the story and at the end I’ll tell you a little about it, along with the recipe.

Remember, there’s still plenty of time to submit your yeasted creation, sweet or savory, baked, fried, or whatever..with chocolate added in any form, up until March 1st, Midnight EST. You can read about it HERE!

Once again, if you’re just tuning in for the first time – Part One is HERE, Part Two is HERE , Part Three is HERE, and Part Four is HERE.

For the first half hour of the car ride home, I was sobbing like a baby, with sporadic screams of  “I HATE YOU!”  and “HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO US?”, until I was hoarse.

I tried to get him to turn around and go back with promises of no sneaking out and straight A’s my junior year – anything!  I begged him to at least let me say goodbye to our friends and exchange numbers so we could keep in touch.  Couldn’t he have just come down Friday after work like he usually did?  I swore to him I would have gone peacefully, understanding why, if he’d at least given us that.  Why was it so imperative that he drive down 2 hours and make us leave at 4 am when he had to work that day? I already knew the answer to that one.. My mother.  I deeply regretted ignoring her what I thought were idle threats.

I found out later on that she told my father she would get in the car at that very moment (1 am) and leave us there if he didn’t drive down and pack us up immediately.  I never had a good relationship with my mother, so that didn’t surprise me.

When I finally calmed down, I had to listen to the reasons why.

“15-year-old girls out until morning?  You could get raped or killed!  You didn’t really know these guys, who knows what they were capable of?!” Then he rattled off the usual list of scary scenarios – drugs slipped into drinks (“They could have roopied you!”), more rape, more murder, and all the teenage girls who go missing and are never found.

This was all going through one ear and out the other.  All I could think of was him.  He would come to get me tonight and I wouldn’t be waiting.  He would think I just left because it meant nothing to me.  Even worse, I couldn’t even fathom not seeing him again.  The pain I felt was so intense, that I even considered opening the car door and jumping out.  Yeah, that’ll show my parents – teenage road pizza.  Fortunately, that thought only lasted a nano-second.

By the time we dropped my friend off, then pulled into our driveway, I realized I hadn’t stopped crying since we left Seaside - tears teeming the whole way home.  My cheeks were hot and raw and  my eyes were red, swollen slits. I was exhausted and completely beaten down.  I ran up to my room and got into bed, wrapping the blanket around me like a cocoon. Sleep was a welcome distraction.  I didn’t want to be awake anymore.

Naturally, when I woke up, the intense pain came rushing back like a dam breaking inside of my heart.  It was 3 pm which meant he would be coming by to pick me up in 9 hours.  In 9 hours he would think I was a horrible person and probably regret every moment he spent with me.  I looked up numbers for the Casino Pier, but mostly got recordings, outside of one man who said everything was operated independently and he had no idea where to direct me.  I mean, how could a description of (At the risk of sounding ‘tweenie’ as an adult, but this is me at 15)…

“If you combine the DNA of Jon Bon Jovi (the smile), Johnny Rzeznick, Jared Leto, a young Matt Dillon (just the lips and voice), and that guy from Eddie and the Cruisers ..and let it bubble and mix in a petri dish - he is what might grow!”

…help me?

I asked if he could go to the bumper car ride and tell Dreamboat I was gone and the reason why, which was….

He interrupted me.

“Sweetie, I’m not in Seaside Heights, I occasionally answer calls for such and such carnival attractions here in NYC, that’s it.  I’m sorry.”

NYC??  He was in NYC? Oh, crap.

After several more futile attempts, I gave up once Labor Day passed.  The pier was now closed.  He would no longer be there and he was probably home already - only 35 or so minutes away from me (his hometown was by the Lincoln Tunnel), but no last name and no address meant no Dreamboat.  It was as simple as that.

My junior year is a blur to me.  I eventually got back to some semblance of normal where the pain and longing for him wasn’t as fierce, basically because I  set myself on auto-pilot.  This was the only way to temporarily extinguish that pain – a band-aid for my broken heart. I remember school, I remember parties, I remember time with my friends, I remember meeting guys..but it’s all so damn vague.  I know I refused a fancy sweet sixteen party from my parents because it suddenly wasn’t as important to me as it had been before I met Dreamboat.  However, I was given a surprise sweet sixteen by my friends, who came bounding up the stairs to my bedroom, loaded with hidden bags of cheap wine, and booze, plus presents and cake, interrupting one of my crying jags in bed.  15 girls packed into my bedroom getting plastered all night.  I couldn’t imagine a better sweet sixteen than that!

I also r
emember that I kissed a guy (no idea why I remember this) who was once the subject of a rampant rumor my freshman year. Two beautiful junior girls had made some kind of strange suicide pact. They would give up their virginity to him, then goodbye world. Thankfully, it was all for attention and drama and they didn’t go through with it.  When I kissed him, all I could think was ‘THANK GOD they scrapped that plan because if he ‘Rumbaed’ like he kissed, what a complete waste that would have been’ – although at the time, I had never done the ‘Rumba’.  Regardless, I was kissing him on auto-pilot, so I felt nothing, and it just made me miss Dreamboat more.

I only turned off auto-pilot and took control of the wheel late at night when I was alone.  My bed was up against a huge window, so I would prop my pillows on the sill, window open, smelling and breathing in the cold, night air, wondering what it would be like to be with him in this weather, wondering what he was doing at that very moment.  Was he snuggling up with some other lucky girl?

I’d put on his favorite classic rock station and sometimes cry myself to sleep, cold tears streaming down my face, salty wetness seeping into the corners of my lips.  Sometimes I just felt empty, completely hollow inside - existing but not living, a conch shell of a person who’s innards had already been extracted and chopped for fritters.  If someone held me up to their ear, they wouldn’t hear the ocean, just pathetic sobs.

At times I could actually smell him.  I was cooking a pot of chicken soup one evening, and when I pulled off the lid for a quick taste for seasoning and a soup steam facial,..the way he used to smell went right up my nose, literally taking my breath away.  Trust me, he didn’t smell like chicken soup – it was just a very, very brief whiff of his clean, sweet scent .  I think it took me 20 minutes to walk away from that damn pot of soup, trying to get a another whiff, before I realized I just might be going crazy.

My grades were also suffering.  I was flunking Social Studies.  I’d never flunked any subject in my life, but I didn’t care.  The teacher was duller than a butter knife, which led to mounds of doodles and Dreamboat’s name all over my notebook page, instead of notes on whatever moment in history he was outlining on the chalkboard.  Apparently, my teacher was now aware of this, and decided to take action;

“SO, Miss Lisa, *a tap tap tap on his desk with a piece of chalk to make sure I heard him* to wake you up, here’s an easy one.  What executive order was issued by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, during the American Civil War for the freedom of slaves?”

With my head resting in my hand, eyes half closed in a dream state as I traced a heart around Dreamboat’s name over and over, I answered softly and listlessly…

“The Ejaculation Proclamation.”

To this day I don’t why or how this came out of my mouth..well, I sort of know why -my notebook was on a page from Health/Sex Ed class.  There was the word, written 3 times.

The whole class roared with laughter and I knew I had just punched my ticket to history hell.  He thought I said it on purpose. I tried to explain, but how do you explain a shattered heart due to meeting the man of your dreams and probably never seeing him again? I actually got lucky, he cracked a very slight smile before berating me.  I apologized profusely, swearing I had no idea why I said it.  I slipped out of that one by the skin of my teeth, but I knew I was still screwed as far as Social Studies went.  I had no desire to even try.

As the months passed and the weather warmed, my hopes were scattered.  If we returned, would he be working on the pier again?  The chances were slim since he had just graduated high school when I met him, so he’d probably picked up a full-time job locally. On the bright side, me, the friend who was with me the previous summer, and two other friends, were planning on pooling our saved up allowance, gift, birthday, extra-spending money, along with some help from our parents so we didn’t use it all, and getting a place in August for about 3 weeks, all the way to Labor Day weekend.

Shockingly, my parents didn’t veto that idea, nor did their parents.  I guess they felt it was time to drop a little independence into our laps and get us used to living away from home for college. Oh, who the heck cared –  as long as I was there and so was he.

One problem, though..I flunked Social Studies and had to go to summer school.  I was sick to my stomach.  As I mentioned, I’d never flunked a subject, nor did I ever think I’d end up in summer school.  However, it only went from the late June to late July, so I could handle 1 month.  Interesting enough, my high school was the ‘summer school’ for half the county, so my school was rife with real bad boys from other towns.  Even though none could compare to Dreamboat, I must admit, it did made the task a lot easier.  I needed to feel a few crushes, I needed something to look forward to just in case I’d never see Dreamboat again.

I never actually acted on any of my crushes, but it helped me rip through summer school easily, straight A’s paired with afternoons at a friend’s pool or the swim club.  Once we had our little Seaside apartment (found via the classifieds) paid for and confirmed, life was starting to shine again.  The butterflies were back and they continued to multiply the closer it got to the day we would leave.

*Please, please, please let him be there.  If he doesn’t want me anymore, I understand - I just need to see him and explain.*

Scratch that, if he doesn’t want me anymore or has a girlfriend, I’ll die.  No, first I’ll throw up – then die.

I clearly remember the day we finally drove down.  My mother was the chauffeur, but that’s it – we were on our own once she split.  The car couldn’t move fast enough, and I was actually pushing an invisible pedal to the metal with my foot every time she slowed down.

“Mom, please, could you go a little faster??” I would whine.

“I’m driving the speed limit” She’d respond in deadpan.

I looked at the speedometer, 35 mph in a 55 mph zone.

“NO, you’re going 35, the speed limit is 55!”

“I’ll drive the way I want!”

Figures, just when a possible reconnection with the guy of my dreams was possible, my mother decided to drive like an 85-year old.  Then, just my luck, a weird smell and smoke started permeating the car and escaping from the front hood.  I kid you not.

So there we sat, on a grassy knoll on the side of the Garden State Parkway, the four of us and my mother waiting for AAA to show.  It was like a bad movie..every scene worse than the previous one.

It turned out the engine overheated.  After almost an hour of coolants and cooling down, we were finally on the road again.  We got there around 5 pm and hurried up these rickety stairs with our luggage to inspect our new ‘pad’.  It was a joke, a kitchen with a couch, 1 bedroom with a bunk bed, and 1 bathroom.  Did I care?  No.  What did we expect for the small amount we paid?  As long as there were no roaches, I was cool.   We brought our own bedding and comforts from home, so we wouldn’t be sleeping or sitting on anything nasty.

Since we were staying on the same street where my parents rented the cottage the year before, I needed to see the local girls we had befriended, who lived two doors down from that cottage.  We’d abandoned them with no notice or contact, too.

I knocked excitedly and one of them opened the door – shock and surprise registering on her face.  After a slew of..”What happened to you guys?  You just disappeared, never said goodbye?!” from both her and her sister.  I explained everything.  Then…

“This is really weird, Lisa.  We were on the Casino Pier last night (they had been visiting their father in upstate NY for most of the summer, so they hadn’t been in Seaside until a few days before we arrived) and we saw that guy you were at the party with last year.  He’s working on the Tilt-A-Whirl’.”

My heart started to race.

“Did you speak to him?” I asked tentatively

“No, just saw him, but he didn’t see us.  We thought of you and suddenly you show up! How weird is that” she exclaimed, excitedly.

From that moment on, everything they said was background noise.  That was all I needed to hear.  My heart was doing all kinds of gymnastic maneuvers in my chest.

Well, I thought this would be the last installment, but I guess not.  This story has now grown six heads.  Check back in a few days for Bad Boy First Love Part Six (Geeeeeez).

Now for this dense, sweet and phenomenal Black Forest Cherry Chocolate Chunk Loaf.  I was looking for an old cookbook a few days ago and came across a bread machine cookbook that I received as a gift with a brand new bread machine during the holidays back in 1994.  I used to use this book to death because it was chock full of incredible and unique bread recipes adapted for bread machines and it was fun trying all the recipes during this bread machine phase of my young baking life.

It’s now out of print, but if you can find it somewhere., used or new, I highly recommend grabbing a copy if you have a bread machine and like to use your bread machine.  It’s the best bread machine cookbook I ever came across, to this day.  It’s called The Best Bread Machine Cookbook Ever by Madge Rosenberg.

I converted her bread machine recipe for Black Forest Chocolate Cherry Bread to hand or stand mixer kneading and oven baking.  I added the chocolate chunks to the recipe – well chocolate disks, very large couverture disks I purchased from Leites Culinaria a while back for a chocolate chip cookie recipe I never got around to trying.

I also made a sweet vanilla bean cream cheese whip as a spread for this wonderfully moist and dense chocolate bread.  It’s a tasty, tangy, sweet emulation of the whipped cream on a Black Forest Cake.

Black Forest Chocolate Chunk Cherry Bread
Recipe from The Best Bread Machine Cookbook Ever, by Madge Rosenberg, converted to manual mixing/kneading and oven baking, with my addition of chocolate chunks
Makes One 1.5 lb loaf

3/4 cup dried cherries
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons kirsch or rum (optional, you can soak the cherries in any fruity liquid you doesn’t have to be alcohol)
1 cup water
1/2 cup good quality dark cocoa powder (I used Valrhona.  You can use a basic supermarket cocoa powder, and it doesn’t have to be dark, your call.)
2 3/4 cups bread flour – if dough is too wet, keep adding flour until you have a soft and slightly tacky dough.  Flour absorption depends on a lot of factors, like the weather.
2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoond salt
3 tablespoons softened butter
1 large egg, room temperature
3/4 cup good quality chocolate chunks or disks

1. Place dried cherries in a medium bowl with half the Kircsh or rum, or whatever soaking liquid you choose.  Set aside until needed.  They will plump and soften slightly.

2.  Boil water and stir in cocoa until uniform.  Let cool until tepid, about 120 to 130 degrees F.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast, and salt. Using paddle attachment, combine and slowly pour in tepid cocoa/water mixture.  Add softened butter and mix until it’s blended in.  Add the egg and keep mixing until uniform and brownie batter like.

3.  Slowly add in remaining (more or less depending on weather) flour until you have a slightly stiff dough that’s easy to work with.  Now, you can either switch to the dough hook and let it knead the dough until it’s smooth and silky – slapping against the sides of the bowl cleanly, about 10 minutes, or dump it on a floured pastry board and knead by hand (therapeutic).

4.  Form the kneaded dough into smooth ball.  Lightly grease a large bowl, and place the dough in it..turning to grease the top.  Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for about an hour or so, until doubled in size.

5. When doubled in size, fold dough over on itself to deflate it, then place back on a clean floured pastry board, flattening it.  Add the cherries with soaking liquid and the chocolate chunks or disks then fold the dough over itself several times to start incorporating them.  The cherries and chocolate will keep popping out of the dough in a peek-a-boo manner with some falling out.  It’s ok, just keep pushing them back in and kneading.  There will be cherries and chocolate chunks showing once you’re finished, but that’s perfectly fine..just stuff them back in with your fingers as best you can.  You just want to make sure you get them evenly distributed throughout the dough.  Let rise in greased bowl, covered, for another hour.

6.  Form dough into a loaf shape, and place in a greased and lightly floured 9 x 5 loaf pan.  Cover with lightly greased plastic wrap and let rise until more than doubled..rising above the top of the pan – about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.  Could be less depending on how warm the area you keep it in, is.

7.  When the dough looks about ready, preheat the oven to 350 degrees for 15 minutes.  Place in the oven and bake for 35-45 minutes, or until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped.  This is a very dark chocolate bread, so you can’t tell by color.  Another way to tell if it’s done is to take it’s internal temperature.  It should register about 205 degrees F, but I don’t like poking a hole in my bread. ;D

8.  Let cool in pan on a wire rack for about 10 minutes, then turn out of pan and place on wire rack to cool fully.  Brush with remaining kirsch or whatever liquid you used if flavored over top of loaf.  If you used water, don’t bother.  Slice up and enjoy!

1. Freeze the chocolate chunks.  Place all ingredients in the order suggested by your bread machine manual except the cherries and chocolate chunks and process on the basic bread cycle.

2. At the end of the first knead cycle (it should beep) add cherries with soaking liquid and frozen chocolate chunks.

3. Brush top of loaf with kirsch or rum after you remove the fully baked bread from the machine.

Cream Cheese Vanilla Bean Spread
8 oz of cream cheese, softened
2 large, 3 medium or 4 small vanilla beans, split and scraped (stick empty pods in a separate canister of granulated sugar to make vanilla sugar..great stuff!)
1/3 cup powdered sugar
About 2 tablespoons heavy cream

1.  In a medium bowl, with a hand mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add in vanilla bean scrapings, then powdered sugar.  Beat on medium speed until uniform. Drizzle in heavy cream and continue beating on low speed until it’s reached a nice, creamy, fluffy, spreadable consistency.

I’m submitting this Black Forest Chocolate Chunk Cherry Bread to Yeastspotting, a weekly bread baking showcase hosted by the uber talented Susan of Wild Yeast.

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  1. As usual, I really enjoyed reading your story. It is so well written. I’m looking forward to part 6…

    That bread looks amazing! Something new to me…



  2. Awesome bread and topping it with the vanilla been cream cheese it looks very delicious. Your story telling is really amazing and makes you really feel for the pain you must have gone through. Would have been nice for your parents to at least let you say goodbye and not leave in such a hasty manner. However, I certainly can understand not wanting a 15 yr old out and about. I really hope you have a smile on your face after your next post : ). Now can I have a piece of bread please.

  3. You should really be publishing this in print, what a fascinating story! Your Jr. year sounds much like my own :) The bread looks amazing, I absolutely love cherries & chocolate together.

  4. Your bread is a beauty and sounds fabulously delicious! Can’t wait for the recipe

    You should write a novel, Lisa:) Your conch shell comparison?!? You are so talented in so many areas!

  5. Geeeez you are killing me!!! I want ALL the rest of the story next, you nut! And the bread is amazing!!! Amazing! And chocolate and cherry…. wow this has just given me a great idea for MY BBD bread!

  6. Oh you’re such a tease, I want the recipe for this! I love the idea of chocolate and cherry bread – so totally inspired and that vanilla cream cheese frosting takes it over the edge :-)

  7. It’s the first time I see this kind of bread. what a unique and great idea.
    I like it

  8. Loving this story…can’t wait for the next installment. That bread is outrageous.

  9. Oh this bread is amazing!! I have only just finished my own chocolate bread and now I want, no, need to make this! Amazing!!

  10. I can’t wait for the recipe for that spread!! The bread looks delicious, too, but that spread would be DANGEROUS in my house… :)

  11. I am completely capivated by this story. It brings back so memories of my first love. I hope it goes to part 20!

  12. on the hook again … I cannot wait to read the rest of this story …. the bread looks delicious … but I really really want to read the rest of the bad boy first love story … you are a wonderful story teller! the anticipation is killin’ me!

  13. Oh Lisa, I need to knooowwww…please bring episode 6 along soon! Luckily there’s this beautiful chocolatey bread as consolation. Might see if I can get my loaf and send an entry in.

  14. wow Lisa.. Interesting story! You definitely have a flair for writing!! I definitely agree with you on the difficulty of transitioning from “I felt an intense pain” to suddenly “gradually mix in 1 cup of water on low speed”. lol.. And yes, your black forest bread looks very appetizing!

  15. I came for the bread, now I’m here for the story. Hurry with Part 6!

  16. This should be a novelette in print..I’m so loving this! The bread is great too! I would love to try it with fresh cherry jam along with the cream cheese.

  17. Seriously, you could write a novel. This is such a great narrative and I’m on the edge of my seat waiting for part 6. I need to know if you saw him again and what happened!!

    Oh, and that bread looks awesome. Chocolate and cherries — always a good combo!

  18. Some rum added too? Now that sounds like my kind of bread! This looks gorgeous:-) Hugs, Terra

  19. Lisa, you are killing me! Hurry up with part 6, would you?

    Lovely bread, I love the color!

  20. I love chocolate yeast breads, can’t wait to see the roundup. The cherries and chocolate chunks are such a great addition. Love the cream cheese spread too!

  21. Paaaaaaaart 6 pleeeeeease!!!!! I would however be happy to much on this bread while I wait ;)

  22. The suspense is killing me! And that chocolate bread looks amazing! I was just about to bake a chocolate loaf (first thing I’ve baked in weeks), this is good motivation!

  23. I could tune in every day for another installment of this story! I can’t wait for part 7, but I’ll try to console myself with that fabulous bread. Dried cherries are so expensive here, but I think I need to splurge and make some of this. Or at least drink some Kirsch…

  24. This bread looks to die for – all I can see are cherry chunks and chocolate :D

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  25. Holy chocolate cherry bread – we have to wait for Part 6!! I literally laughed out loud at “Ejaculation Proclamation”‘ classic :) Delicious bread and vanilla spread!

  26. [...] knew that I wanted to take part in it. While I have never participated in this before, Lisa, of Parsley, Sage, Desserts and Line Drives, is the host of this month’s  Bread Baking Day #47. I am a fan of Lisa and her site, so [...]

  27. Awesome bread! Awesome story!

  28. The bread looks fantastic! I have never made bread with chocolate, now I want to!
    Cant wait for the final (?) chapter of your story. You do know how to hook your readers, Lisa!

  29. I’m still giggling over what you said in class…oh my gosh…so funny! It’s interesting how you could be doing the most random thing like making chicken soup and be brought back to the scent of someone you know. And I get what you meant when you said he didn’t smell like chicken soup. ;)I CAN’T WAIT for part 6. You’re torturing us:) looks so good~!xxx

  30. Oh, yeah….you’ve converted my favorite cookie into an amazing bread!!! And I can just feel the teenage angst…and I both gasped and giggled at your History outburst…too funny! Can’t wait for the next installment!!!

  31. Loving this story..have subscribed to your blog so I know right away when the next part is up. Oh, it helps that your recipes and photos are delicious too!

  32. Execelent post! Want to try the bread and cream cheese dip!

  33. I love the dark look of this bread. The dough is somehow sultry in its color with the cherries peaking through.

  34. Just wanted to pop in and tell you that I love your blog. Your writing is terrific..this story really demonstrating that. Great desserts too!

  35. That is the most decadent quick bread ever. And waiting desperately to read part 6!!!!!!!!

  36. I love the chocolate-cherry combination and this bread looks delicious Lisa! Wonderful recipe and lovely photos. Thanks for sharing! You have a beautiful blog and I’m glad to have found you.

  37. So I came to your blog because I saw one of your pics on FoodPornDaily… and now I am hooked on your story! Can’t wait to hear the end :)

    • Thank you, Emily! So glad you’re enjoying it!

  38. Wow! I am totally hooked to this story… And that bread looks SO delicious!!! Love the picture of that chocolatey dough! Looks fabulous and chocolatey… I want to try this recipe! Now I am heading over to read Part 6! Yay :)

  39. This bread look so good! I love Black Forest Cake, so I know I’d love this bread! The cream cheese spread is perfect with it! Keep the story coming, I’m going nuts..I want the encounter!!

  40. The cake looks awesome!! On to the next installment!! :-)

  41. I tried making your bread and the top cracked, it took an hour to bake and when I try to slice it, it falls apart on top. Do you have any advice? I did bake it in a glass loaf dish. Do you think that made a difference?

    • Hi Shandra – this bread, texture wise, does tend to fall apart a little when not cut with s super sharp bread knife (the cocoa seems to be the culprit), but as for the cracking, other than the bread splitting down the middle when baking, there should be no cracks. I’ve never made it in a glass baking dish, so yes, that could be the problem. I wish I could be there to make it with you step-by-step, since that’s the only way I’d know for sure. Did you like the flavor? :)

      • Oh yes…delicious! It split down the middle while baking like you mentioned. So maybe that’s the way it’s supposed to be? I used dark Cap Mrgn for the rum and I used cranberries instead of cherries since that’s what I had on hand. My local farmer’s mkt has a choc cherry bread that I am trying to recreate as they charge $10/loaf. I tried the Zingerman recipe and it was just okay. Yours is better. One more thing, is it supposed to be a very wet dough? When I took it out of the bread machine to go into my dish, the dough was almost pourable.

      •, it’s not supposed to be a wet dough as you can see in the photos. It should firm and ‘kneadable’. This recipe was originally created for a bread machine, but I adapted it for manual bread making/baking since many don’t have bread machines. I think I need to go over my directions again since I was sure I mentioned adding enough flour to get a soft, but firm dough. Cranberries in lieu of cherries sound great, especially for the holiday season!

      • I did use a bread machine on the dough setting so maybe that was my problem. I will try it again… Thanks!

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