This black cherry almond bread is full of sweet cherries and almonds. It is tender from the addition of sour cream and buttermilk and has a sweet almond flavor from the almond extract.
Glazed Black Cherry Almond Bread
This loaf of bread is pretty with the red color of the sweet cherries. It also has crunchy almond pieces and is topped with a buttery sweet glaze poured on the finished loaf. Enjoy this bread either warm or at room temperature. It is perfect for breakfast, snack time, or as dessert.
Prepare the Cherries for Black Cherry Almond Bread
You can use fresh or frozen plain black cherries for this recipe. If using frozen cherries, let them thaw before adding them to the batter. Also, rough chop the cherries to make smaller pieces for eating. Fruit added to batters will sometimes sink to the bottom. You can help prevent this by tossing the cut fruit into flour. This coating helps keep the fruit afloat so that the cooked bread will have cherries from the top to the bottom of the loaf.
Mixing the Batter for Black Cherry Almond Bread
When you add the dry ingredients to the batter–one of the last steps in this recipe–be sure not to over-stir it. Over-stirring causes gluten to develop, making bread dense and chewy. And while that is desirable in some things like a pizza crust, it is not something you want in this bread. The texture of black cherry almond bread should be soft and tender. When you add the dry ingredients, stir to moisten the batter–and no more.
Sour Cream in Black Cherry Almond Bread
This recipe uses sour cream to help keep the bread moist after baking. It is one of my favorite ingredients for cake mixes, sweet bread, and cornbread. However, always bring it to room temperature before adding it to baked goods because cold ingredients can affect the baking time.
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