This baked treat is full of inflammation-fighting tart cherries and antioxidant-rich chocolate. The dark stout beer adds an extra dose of antioxidants and silicon, which can help boost bone density.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine 2 cups flour, beer, and yeast in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

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  • Remove mixture from refrigerator; let stand 1 hour.

  • Add 2 cups flour, 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, and salt; stir until a soft dough forms. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 8 minutes); add enough of remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel tacky). Knead in cherries and chocolate.

  • Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in size. (Gently press 2 fingers into dough. If indentation remains, dough has risen enough.)

  • Punch dough down; cover and let rest 5 minutes. Shape dough into a 9-inch round; place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Lightly coat dough with cooking spray. Cover and let rise 1 hour or until doubled in size.

  • Preheat oven to 350°.

  • Uncover the dough. Combine water and egg white, stirring with a whisk, and brush over dough. Sprinkle the dough with pearl sugar, if desired. Make a 1/4-inch-deep cut down the center of dough using a sharp knife.

  • Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until bread is browned on bottom and sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from pan; cool on a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts

156 calories; calories from fat 14%; fat 2.4g; saturated fat 1.3g; mono fat 0.2g; poly fat 0.2g; protein 4.3g; carbohydrates 28.1g; fiber 1.3g; cholesterolmg; iron 1.4mg; sodium 121mg; calcium 5mg.