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My friend gave me this recipe 15 years ago and it has been a favorite ever since. We prefer sweet, as opposed to tart, dried cherries. You can also use dried cranberries.


Recipe Summary

20 mins
2 hrs 10 mins
2 hrs 55 mins
25 mins
2 loaves


Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Mix milk and yeast in a small bowl with a fork until frothy, about 5 minutes. Add egg, butter, white sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and salt. Beat for 1 to 2 minutes. Add 1 cup flour. Beat for about 5 minutes. Add remaining 2 cups flour; mix until dough comes together.

  • Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead until dough is smooth and feels rubbery, about 10 minutes. Add additional flour if needed. Add chocolate chips and cherries; knead just until incorporated.

  • Cover dough and let rise in a warm, humid area until doubled, about 1 hour.

  • Punch down dough gently. Let rest for 10 minutes. Divide dough in half; shape into loaves. Transfer loaves to a greased baking sheet and let rise again, about 1 hour more.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Bake in the preheated oven until browned, 20 to 30 minutes.

Cook's Note:

If you have a bread machine, follow its instructions for the manual setting.

Nutrition Facts

183 calories; protein 4.5g; carbohydrates 30.3g; fat 5g; cholesterol 17mg; sodium 169mg. Full Nutrition