Today was a good day to bake this Chocolate Cherry Quick Bread Recipe… You see, I woke up cranky today because I spent the night listening to a leaky faucet.
I wanted Chocolate (and a plumber).
You know…. you can wish and hope and dream, but it is only very seldom that the wish-Fairies will drop off a piece of chocolate cake in your bed (and they never drop a plumber!)
I have got to get some new wish fairies!
As it is, I took matters into my own hands. Called a plumber and headed into the kitchen to bake. It had to be chocolate, it had to be made of stuff in my kitchen (because I was waiting for the plumber), and it couldn’t be too fussy… I was just not in the mood for fussy. And, a little fruit couldn’t hurt….got to keep it healthy, after all…
Chocolate Cherry Quick Bread satisfied my mood perfectly. Dark rich chocolate “cake” (in loaf form) studded with chocolate chips and tart/sweet dried cherries….swoon.
The smell of it baking filled the house (and made the plumber wish he lived here)…. I could hardly wait until it cooled enough to slice.
mmmmmm…. and with a dollop of whipped cream? Holy cow!
I’m feeling much better now.
Do use a high quality chocolate when baking Chocolate Chocolate Cherry Quick Bread. I use Dove Dark Chocolate for best results. Yes, you can use store brand chocolate chips, but the flavor isn’t as deep and rich. It just isn’t. (So, if you are making this for you, use the good stuff… if you are baking for a hoard of hungry teens who don’t even chew before they swallow? use the cheaper stuff…. just don’t try to get away with it in my house, my people have been trained to notice the difference). I’ve noticed that stores put “holiday” bags of chocolates on sale the day after any given holiday. I stock up then… store the bags in a cool dry place…. then I don’t pay full price for that pretty wrapper.
As always… there are step by step photos for you to follow along at home.
Chocolate Cherry Quick Bread Recipe
Storage Caddies to Keep your Quick Breads Fresh
Step By Step Instructions with Photos
Line the Baking Pans With Parchment Paper
Take the Time… it’s worth the effort
Melt 9 oz. of Good Quality of Dark Chocolate
It should melt down to around 3/4 of a cup
Beat Butter and Sugar until Light and Fluffy
About 3 to 5 minutes
Batter Will Look Broken after Adding Sour Cream
It’s fine… push on
See…Once the Flour Mixture Goes in… It’s Fine
But don’t stop now!
Add Dried Cherries and Chocolate Chips, and Beat until just combined
Now…if you have people in your house that say “eeewww!!!” whenever you put dried fruit into things… you can leave it out.
Split the Batter Between Two Loaf Pans
Smooth the Top a Bit
Baked…in Cool-Down Mode
Use a Rack
Chocolate Chocolate Cherry Quick Bread Stores Well
Keep a Chocolate Chocolate Cherry Quick Bread in the freezer for those Chocolate Emergencies… or bake sales that come up…or pot luck lunches that you just remembered…
Wrap the cooled Quick Bread in Plastic Wrap, and then wrap it in foil… LABEL IT (name and date) before you put it into the freezer.
When you are ready to use it, just let it thaw on the counter in its wrapper!