Rating: 4.25 stars
16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1

I am very proud of my banana bread recipe, which is why I adapted it into this amazing cherry-chocolate loaf. While cherries really aren't anything like bananas, this really did work out extremely well--this loaf is a delicious option for breakfast, brunch, or dessert.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr
additional:
35 mins
total:
1 hr 50 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 9x4-inch loaf
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Optional Icing:

Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x4-inch loaf pan with 1 teaspoon butter and reserve.

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  • Whisk flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda together in a bowl.

  • Cream 1/2 cup butter and sugar together in another bowl with a spatula or an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Beat in eggs one at a time with a whisk or an electric mixer, fully blending in the first egg before adding the next. Stir in yogurt and vanilla extract.

  • Chop pitted cherries coarsely with a knife, or by pulsing on and off a few times in a food processor. Add to the wet ingredients along with the chocolate chunks and chopped walnuts. Stir briefly to combine. Batter may look curdled, but don't worry.

  • Pour in the flour mixture and mix with a spatula until all the flour has disappeared. Transfer batter into the prepared loaf pan, making sure to smooth the top evenly and fill in the corners. Tap pan on the counter to release any air pockets.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until nicely browned and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Let bread rest in the pan for 15 minutes before removing to a wire rack.

  • While bread is resting, combine powdered sugar and milk in a bowl for icing, adding more milk as needed to reach a thin, runny consistency.

  • Brush icing over loaf, allowing to drip down the sides. Let cool completely before slicing and serving, about 20 minutes more.

Chef's Notes:

You can use thawed, well drained frozen cherries instead of fresh.

You can use dark chocolate chips instead of chunks.

Nutrition Facts

321 calories; protein 5g; carbohydrates 45.3g; fat 14.5g; cholesterol 52.6mg; sodium 272.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (13)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/28/2020
This delicious - moist and yummy! Followed the instructions exactly as written - perfection! Read More
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16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
06/27/2020
delicious-- we have our own sweet cherry tree and walnuts, so I made this yesterday -- very tasty- after it cools the flavors come out better - I used sour cream and choc chips -- I made one big loaf cut it in half and froze the half since only 2 of us .. i would make again -- Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/26/2020
This smells amazing while cooking and tastes even better. I really dislike walnuts so I used almonds and also used mini chocolate chips. Since there are only 2 of us I made 4 small loaves( this changed the cooking time to 40 mins.) I absolutely love both cherries and chocolate and this is the “ bread” for you! Glad I made small loaves or it would all be gone! Yum!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/08/2020
This came out even better than I expected! 10x better than banana bread!! The recipe calls for plain yogurt but I used french vanilla and it was fantastic. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/27/2020
This delicious - moist and yummy! Followed the instructions exactly as written - perfection! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/14/2020
This loaf is yummy! I had to find a use for some mediocre cherries and this bread was exactly what I needed. I followed the recipe with a couple of minor edits: I didn’t have walnuts on hand so I increased the chocolate chips and cherries a bit and I did not use the frosting. The loaf is so moist and delicious! I love the flavor combo - something new. I ate is as dessert last night and with coffee for breakfast this morning. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2020
loved the cherry and chocolate together. It was a great dessert. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/30/2020
Disappointing! For starters, the cake turned blue! I read that some brands of baking powder can cause that. If I were to make it again (doubtful) I would leave out the chocolate. It didn't seem to go with the cherry flavor even though I usually like that combination. I made it in 3 smaller pans and adjusted the baking time accordingly. I also substituted almonds for the walnuts just because of personal preference. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
08/12/2020
Didn't make any changes. The chocolate overpowered the cherries. Maybe because of the type of cherries. I was given cherries from Traverse City, MI. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2020
Delicious, chef. Great recipe! Read More