Chocolate Cherry Loaf

1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/3 + 3/4 cup sugar
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/3 cup oil
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped
3 tablespoons mini chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Coat 3 mini loaf pans with cooking spray.

In bowl, whisk cocoa, 1/3 cup sugar and 1/3 cup water until smooth. Set aside.

In a bowl, whisk flour and next 3 ingredients. In a bowl, whisk together remaining sugar, eggs, oil and almond extract. Whisk in sour cream. Stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture until blended. Stir 1 1/2 cups batter into cocoa mixture, along with the cherries, until no white streaks remain.

Dollop alternating spoonfuls of batter into pans. Swirl batters together until marbled. Top each loaf with 1 tablespoon chips. Bake 35 minutes or until done.

Cool loaves in pans 10 minutes then remove from pans to cool completely. Slice and serve.

Makes 3 mini loaves or 1 standard size loaf.

Note—Batter may be baked as one standard size loaf, sprinkling the 3 tablespoons mini chocolate chips on the one loaf, increase baking time to 50 minutes or until done.

Wilton Perfect Results Non-Stick Mini Loaf Pan, 8-Cavity

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