Cinnamon, Cherry and Almond Bread

Yields 1 large loaf and 1 small loaf of bread

Prep Time PT15-20M

Cook Time 1 hr

Total Time 1 hr

A bread filled with cherries and a cinnamon/almond streusel.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 & 1/2 cups pitted cherries, halved

For the Cinnamon/Almond mixture

  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 heaping tablespoons ground cinnamon.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease a 9 inch loaf pan and line the bottom with parchment paper. Grease parchment and set aside.
  3. Cream together the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, salt and vanilla extract.
  4. Sift together the flour, baking soda and baking powder. Add alternately to the creamed mixture along with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with your dry ingredients.
  5. Add the lemon zest and the cherries and blend in with a large wooden spoon.

To Prepare the Cinnamon/Almond Mixture:

  1. Put the almonds into a food processor and pulse until they resemble large, course meal. Add the brown sugar, butter and cinnamon and pulse until thoroughly mixed.

To Prepare the Bread:

  1. Spoon 1/3 of the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle with 1/3 of the cinnamon mixture. Repeat the layers twice more, ending with cinnamon on top.
  2. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 1 hour or until it tests done when a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let rest in the pan for about 10 minutes before removing from the pan to finish cooling on a rack.

Recipe Notes

Since I had added a fair amount of bulk to this bread, instead of revising all of the ingredients to compensate, I just used both a regular bread pan and a small loaf pan for baking the finished product and did only two layers of dough and cinnamon in each one. This could also be baked in a 8X8 square pan; just revise the baking time accordingly.

I might have been able to have fit it all in a loaf pan but decided not to take that chance; besides it was the perfect gift to give my neighbor's son; it was a bite sized treat for him!

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