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Cinnamon, Cherry and Almond Bread
A bread filled with cherries and a cinnamon/almond streusel.
- 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.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Lightly grease a 9 inch loaf pan and line the bottom with parchment paper. Grease parchment and set aside.
- Cream together the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, salt and vanilla extract.
- 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.
- Add the lemon zest and the cherries and blend in with a large wooden spoon.
To Prepare the Cinnamon/Almond Mixture:
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
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!