Sweet Soft Cherry Bread with Cherry-Almond Glaze
Cheery cherry bread! This tasty bread is perfect for brunch, dessert or just to snack on. Glaze right before serving so the cake doesn't get soggy.
- 1 (10 ounce) jar maraschino cherries, divided
- 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- pinch salt, optional and to taste
- 2 large eggs 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
- Cherry juice, reserve 1/4 cup from the jar of cherries
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup reserved cherry juice, from the jar of cherries
- 1 teaspoon almond extract about 1 1/2 cups+ confectioners' sugar
Preparation time 15mins
Cooking time 75mins
Adapted from averiecooks.com
Preheat oven to 350F. Spray two 8x4-inch loaf pans with floured cooking spray or lightly grease and flour the pans; set aside. Recipe may be baked in one 9x5 pan, as 4 mini loaves, or as muffins, although I have not tested it that way. Adjust baking time accordingly.
Remove cherries from jar and place on a cutting board. Roughly chop them.
Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons flour (prevents them from sinking during baking) and toss to coat evenly; set cutting board aside. Set jar with the cherry juice aside.
In a large mixing bowl, add 1 3/4 cups flour, sugar, baking powder, optional salt, and whisk to combine; set aside.
In a small mixing bowl or glass measuring cup, combine eggs, oil, all the cherry juice from the jar except 1/4 cup to be reserved for the glaze, almond extract, vanilla extract, and whisk to combine.
Pour wet mixture over dry ingredients and stir to combine; don't overmix. Batter will be very thick.
Lightly fold in the chopped cherries.
Turn batter out into the prepared pans, smoothing the tops lightly with a spatula. Strategically place a few cherries on top for visual appeal.
Bake for about 40 minutes, or until bread is domed, set, springy to the touch, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. Allow bread to cool in pans on top of a wire rack for about 15 minutes before removing and allowing to finish cooling completely on rack. While bread cools, make the glaze.
Cherry-Almond Glaze - In a medium bowl, combine 1/4 cup reserved cherry juice, almond extract, about 1 cup confectioners' sugar, and whisk to combine until smooth and satiny. Add sugar until desired consistency is reached. Glaze the bread prior to serving. After the photos were done, I glazed much more liberally, spreading the glaze like butter on the interior of the slices. Bread will keep airtight at room temp for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Do not glaze bread until ready to serve if you plan on storing long-term.