Well everyone I had some fresh black cherries in the fridge and didn’t want to waste them so i decided to use them up by making some bread with them and oh my goodness it is wonderful! Pair it up with a piping hot cup of chai tea and you have yourself a fantastic mid morning snack!
Makes 2 – 9×5 inch loaves
1 cup Warm Water
1 cup Maraschino Syrup
3/4 cup Sugar
1 1/2 tablespoon Active Dry Yeast
1 1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 cup Vegetable Oil
1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 teaspoons Almond Extract
1 to 1 1/2 cups Cherries ( coarsely chopped and patted dry )
6 cups Bread Flour (give or take)
In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in warm water, then stir in yeast. Allow to proof until yeast resembles a creamy foam. Then add the maraschino syrup, oil, salt and extracts. Then slowly start adding your flour 1 cup at a time, I added my cherries to the dough after about 3 cups of flour then continued to add the flour, dough will be slightly tacky. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Place in a well oiled bowl, and turn to coat. Cover with a damp cloth and allow to rise for about 1 hour. Punch down and knead for a few minutes, divide in half, shape into loaves and place in 2 well oiled and floured 9×5 inch loaf pans. Allow to rise again for 30 minutes. At this point I mixed up 1 egg and 2 tablespoons of water and egg washed the tops of my bread and sprinkled a little bit of sugar on the tops of each loaf. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour…
Chai Tea Mix
1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
1 cup french vanilla flavored powdered non-dairy creamer
2 1/2 cups white sugar
1 1/2 cups unsweetened instant tea
2 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
3 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well, store in an air tight container.
To serve: Stir 2 heaping tablespoons of Chai Tea Mixture into a mug of hot water. Enjoy!
Makes about 36 servings!