Cranberry Chocolate Bread

Cranberry and chocolate seem like the perfect romantic pairing of red fruit and decadent chocolate, so enjoy our easy recipe for Cranberry Chocolate Bread!
Ingredients:
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup cranberry juice cocktail
  • 1/4 cup chocolate flavor syrup
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup (3 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Method:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat two 8" x 4" loaf pans with cooking spray (see Note).
2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, and baking powder. With an electric beater, beat in the shortening until smooth. Stir in the eggs, cranberry juice, and chocolate syrup until thoroughly combined. Fold in the cranberries, chocolate chips, and walnuts. Pour batter into prepared pans.
3. Bake 50 to 55 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes before removing from pan then cool completely on a wire rack.

Note: Since this makes two loaves, you get a second chance to enjoy these great flavors. If you prefer, bake this in round or heart-shaped baking dishes. Just remember, those may take an extra 5 to 10 minutes of baking time.

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