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What’s For Dinner: Bishop’s Bread


Bishop’s Bread


Makes 1 loaf

Okay, technically this isn’t dinner, but since the holiday season is upon us I wanted to share this yummy recipe that is a Christmas favorite and a delicious alternative to traditional-yet-unpopular fruitcake (does anyone still make fruitcake?). Well, let me assure you that this is quite different and it’s really good. I like to use dried cherries instead of maraschino cherries, but take your pick. Make one for yourself, then make more in small loaf pans and give them as gifts. Enjoy!

1½ cups flour

1½ teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

⅔ cup chocolate chips

2 cups chopped walnuts

1 cup chopped dates

1 cup halved maraschino or dried cherries

3 eggs

1 cup sugar

Preheat oven to 325°. Grease well a bread/loaf pan. If not using the non-stick kind, line the bottom only with 3 layers of waxed paper and then grease.

In a bowl mix flour, baking powder and salt. Then stir in chocolate chips, walnuts, dates and cherries until well coated with flour.

In another bowl beat the eggs well, then gradually beat in the sugar. Fold in the flour mixture and mix well (this will be stiff), and pour into the greased pan.

Bake 1½ hours or until cake tester comes out clean. Cool in pan.

Wrap in foil when removed from pan and store at room temperature. This is great with a cup of tea or coffee, and is even better the next day!

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