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Zucchini Bread with Dark Chocolate and Dried Cherries

Zucchini bread takes on a new twist with dark chocolate chunks and dried cherries, making it a delicious breakfast bread or dessert bread.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Breads
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Quick Bread
Servings: 24
Author: Marie

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/3 c. canola oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1.5 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate melted
  • 3 c. shredded zucchini
  • 1 1/2 c. white whole wheat flour
  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. slivered almonds finely chopped
  • 1/3 c. dark chocolate chunks
  • 3/4 c. chopped dried cherries
  • 2 tbsp. sliced almonds
  • 1 tsp. turbinado sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare 2 - 9 in. bread pans by spraying the inside of the pan with non-stick pan spray and sprinkling with a small amount of flour.
  • Crack the two eggs in a large bowl. Add in the granulated sugar, brown sugar, canola oil, and vanilla. Beat well.
  • Melt the baking chocolate. I usually use my microwave, checking it every 20 to 30 seconds and stirring as needed. You could also melt it using a double boiler. Add the melted chocolate to the egg batter and stir it in.
  • Measure out the 3 c. of shredded zucchini and mix it in to the chocolate egg batter.
  • In a separate bowl put together the white whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and the 2 tbsp. finely chopped almonds.
  • Pour mixed dry ingredients into the chocolate egg batter and blend till moistened.
  • Chop the dark chocolate and dried cherries. I like to use a dark chocolate bar (the darker the better) and chop it into chunks of varying sizes. With the cherries it worked best to chop them just slightly. If cut too small they tended to disappear in the bread. Fold in the dark chocolate chunks and dried cherries.
  • Pour the batter in the two prepared bread pans, evenly dividing between the two. Sprinkle the tops with slivered almonds and turbinado sugar.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the loaf comes out clean with no batter sticking to it.
  • Cool on a rack for 5 to 10 minutes and remove from pan.