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Chocolate Cherry Tea Bread

on 06/04/2012

Okay, chocolate lovers.  Here’s a goodie for ya!  This is wonderful with your afternoon tea while you’re watching “Keeping Up Appearances” while using your Royal Doulton with the handpainted periwinkles.  If you’ve never experienced Hyacinth Bucket (it’s pronounced boo-kay), you really have to check out KUA.  Everyone knows or is related to a Hyacinth or a Richard or an Onslow.  ;0)  Anyway, i digress.  Chocolate bread.

Now–if you cannot find cherry chips, just double up on the chocolate or perhaps venture down another road like white chocolate, peanut butter, or the like.  Same thing with the almonds.  You can easily use walnuts, pecans, pistachio, etc.  Makes great mini loaves to give as gifts or as a special treat for someone.

Chocolate Cherry Tea Bread

1/2 cup applesauce

1/3 cup shortening

2 eggs

1/3 cup brewed tea or water

1 1/4 cup sugar or Splenda

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup baking cocoa

1 tsp baking soda

3/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

1/2 cup cherry flavored chips

1/3 cup slivered almonds

Combine applesauce, shortening, eggs, tea/water and sugar; beat on low speed for 30 seconds.  Combine dry ingredients and add to applesauce mixture.  Beat on low for 30 seconds; beat on high for 2 1/2 minutes.

Fold in chips and nuts.  Pour into a greased, floured 9 x 5″ loaf pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 60-70 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.

Cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing to wire rack.

Can be eaten as is or with a glaze.

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