Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cherry Pistachio Bread

My son discovered this bread at Whole Foods Market.  It was soo delicious, I decided I needed to make some.  I got out my bread machine and started creating.   After many trials and errors, I hit on a delectable sweet bread.  It is a nice chocolaty bread, with a delicate cherry flavor that is not overly sweet.  Great for toast and spreading with butter or Nutella.

                                     Chocolate Cherry Pistachio Bread

Special Equipment:  Bread Machine

Ingredients for a 1 1/2- pound loaf:

1 cup of lukewarm water plus 2 tablespoons (80-90 degrees)
1 egg
1-teaspoon salt
¼ cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter softened
1-teaspoon vanilla extract
3 ¼ cups bread flour
2 tablespoons dry milk
1 ½ teaspoons Bread Machine or Active Dry Yeast
1 cup  milk chocolate chips
2/3 cup of chopped dried cherries
2/3 cup of coarsely chopped pistachios

1. Place the first nine ingredients (stop at milk chocolate chips) in the bread pan in the order indicated by the manufacturer.
2. Place the bread pan in the bread maker.  Select the Sweet Bread setting, light crust, 1 1/2 pound loaf and start.
3. Add the semisweet chocolate chips, chopped dried cherries, and chopped pistachios in the dough when the mix-in tone sounds or 5-10 minutes at the end of the final knead cycle.
4. Remove the bread from the pan when the cycle is complete.    Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
5. Cool the bread completely before slicing.

Chopped Pistachios

Chopped Dried Cherries

Ready For Kneading

Dough With Mix Ins

Delectable Result

Makes 1 loaf

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