Sour Cherry Almond Bread

28 Jan

My second bread of holiday baking 2012 was Sour Cherry Almond. I had never made it before so I was excited to work on a new recipe. My dad has about nine bread recipes that he’s made over the years for his holiday baking and I’ve made four of them now (Cranberry Lemon Bread anyone?). I do want to make the others so keep your eyes peeled this year for more bread recipes. This was a relatively easy recipe,  but I don’t know if I’d make it again for myself as I’m not a huge fan of almonds. Maybe I’ll do some experimenting this year and swap them out for something else, as I did like the taste of the bread.

Sour Cherry Almond Bread Ingredients L-R: Buttermilk, Butter, Flour, Eggs, Canned Cherries, Almonds, Sugar, Almond Extract, Baking Powder, Salt, Baking Soda

Sour Cherry Almond Bread Ingredients L-R: Buttermilk, Butter, Flour, Eggs, Canned Cherries, Almonds, Sugar, Almond Extract, Baking Powder, Salt, Baking Soda

SOUR CHERRY ALMOND BREAD

Dry Ingredients

  • 3 Cups Flour
  • 1 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Cup Chopped Almonds

Wet Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup Margarine or Butter
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Buttermilk
  • 1 Tsp Almond Extract
  • 1 Cup Canned Sour Cherries, Drained
Chopping up almonds!

Chopping up almonds!

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and make sure your oven rack is in the middle. If you can’t find chopped almonds, buy whole almonds and using a large and sharp knife, chop them yourself. It’s actually kind of fun. Mix your dry ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside. In your stand mixer, or a large mixing bowl if using a hand mixer, combine your butter and sugar until well blended. Add in your eggs and mix again. With your mixer on the lowest setting slowly pour in the buttermilk. If you’re using a hand mixer pour in  your buttermilk and use the slowest setting and be careful of splatter. Add in the almond extract and sour cherries and mix again. It’s going to seem kind of soupy. Put your mixer again on its lowest setting (and your shield if you have it for your mixer) and slowly add in your dry ingredients as it’s mixing. If need be, stop the mixer and using a spatula scrape the sides of the bowl and mix again. Make sure all the flour gets mixed in.

Mixing in the buttermilk to the wet ingredients.

Mixing in the buttermilk to the wet ingredients.

Wet ingredients all mixed together.

Wet ingredients all mixed together.

Adding in the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.

Adding in the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.

Ready for the pans and the oven!

Ready for the pans and the oven!

Once everything is mixed grease your pans with cooking spray (or butter if that’s your preferred way) and pour the mixture in to about 2/3 to 3/4 full. Sprinkle some sugar and a few chopped almonds (if desired) on top before placing in the oven. Should make about three or four smaller loaves. My pans are the 4 x 2 x 2 size. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes. I start at 30 and then test with a toothpick. If it looks done, stick your toothpick into the middle. If it comes out clean, it’s done, if any dough comes out on the toothpick, it needs more time. Check five minutes later with a new toothpick. Once done remove from oven and let cool for about five minutes, then remove from pans onto a cooling rack. You can also bake it as one (or two) big loaf in a regular pan. I also had a little bit of dough left over, but not enough to make another loaf so I made mini muffins! Just remember to let the bread cool completely before wrapping it up as gifts. Oh, and be sure to label it after wrapping, especially if you decide to make different kinds, as it’s easy to forget later. Hope you enjoy!

Sour Cherry Almond Mini Muffins!

Sour Cherry Almond Mini Muffins!

Sour Cherry Almond Bread all ready!

Sour Cherry Almond Bread all ready!

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2 Responses to “Sour Cherry Almond Bread”

  1. Sally Pace January 28, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

    You make me hungry! You are so lucky to have such a talented dad that can share all his tricks.

    • actinglikeachef January 28, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

      You should go make some and then spread your homemade jelly on a slice 🙂

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