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Chocolate Cherry Pull Apart Bread

Cook Time40 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Bread
Servings: 16 servings
Author: Melanie Kathryn - Gather for Bread


  • 1 packet about 2 1/4 teaspoons Red Star Platinum instant active yeast
  • ¾ cup warm milk about 110 degrees
  • ¼ cup warm water about 110 degrees
  • 1 egg slightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 can 21 ounces cherry pie filling
  • 4 ounces chopped dark chocolate


  • Combine milk, water, and 1 teaspoon sugar in a small bowl or 2 cup measuring cup. Sprinkle with yeast. Stir until fully dissolved. Let sit for about 10 minutes until it begins to foam.
  • Using a stand mixer fitted with flat paddle attachment, pour water/yeast mixture into mixing bowl. Add egg, butter and sugar. Mix on medium speed just until combined, about 1 minute. Add 3 cups all purpose flour. Mix until fully combined. Scrape down sides of bowl. Switch to dough hook. Knead on medium speed for 3-5 minutes. Add in additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, if necessary until dough comes together. Dough should stick to bottom of bowl but mostly clear the sides. Dough will be slightly sticky and soft.
  • Using a spatula scrape dough into a greased bowl. Turn once to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise 1 hour or until doubled.
  • Meanwhile grease a Bundt pan with baking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Press dough down gently. On a floured surface roll dough into a 20 x 12-inch rectangle. Cut dough in half. Cut each half into approximately 18 equal pieces. You will have a total of 36 pieces.
  • Roll each piece into a ball using the palms of your hand. Layer half of the dough balls evenly in the bottom of the pan. Top with half of cherry pie filling. Sprinkle with half of chocolate chunks. Repeat by layering half of dough balls, remaining cherry pie filling and finish with chocolate chunks.
  • Bake 30 - 35 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Cool 10 minutes. Invert pan onto a large plate. Add another large plate on top. Invert back to have cherry and chocolate facing up. Allow cooling for another 15 minutes before serving or eat warm.