But, as it turns out, the call of inspiration can come at any time, from anywhere! After seeing a Tweet by Patricia (blogger at Brownies for Dinner), I became enthralled with the idea of creating one of her latest farmer's market finds: a sweet yeast bread filled with white chocolate chips and dried dark cherries. I set about meddling around with a honey-rich white loaf recipe from my mom's Bread Book - one that admittedly we had never made before, since home made bread was reserved for Christmas mornings - and wound up with this dense (yet tender), fruit studded treat. While it's in no way what I was looking for at the beginning of my trials, with the white chocolate pieces melting into the flour and the whole mess being more of a batter than a "dough" - my mom didn't complain at all. In fact, it disappeared so fast that I almost didn't get a photo of the finished bread to share! Good thing I did though - I'm sending it off to YeastSpotting over at WildYeast.
Cherries and White Chocolate Bread
1/2 tbsp active dry yeast
1 1/4 cups warm water
1/3 cup honey
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp fat free vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup "lite" margarine spread, melted
1 1/3 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 tbsp salt
3 oz white chocolate chunks
3 oz dried cherries
milk for brushing crust
- In a large bowl (or stand mixer fitted with the dough hook) combine yeast and warm water, stirring well. Let stand 10 minutes.
- Stir in honey, then gradually add 3 cups flour, stirring well.
- Beat in yogurt, margarine and egg until well incorporated, then add remaining whole wheat flour and salt.
- Knead for 10 minutes, until strong "gluteny" strands form.
- Add white chocolate and cherries, knead in for 1-2 minutes.
- Place into an oiled bowl, cover and allow to rise for 1 1/2 hours.
- Deflate dough and scrape into a large greased loaf pan.
- Lightly cover and allow to rise 1 hour, until cresting the top of the pan.
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Brush top of the loaf with milk and bake for 35 minutes until hollow-sounding when tapped.
Total Fat: 3.8 g
Cholesterol: 14.1 mg
Sodium: 47.2 mg
Total Carbs: 37.3 g
Dietary Fiber: 2.0 g
Protein: 4.7 g