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Cherry Bread

Cherry Bread. A sweet bread recipe that is terrific for brunch, as a base for a luscious bread pudding, or to enjoy as the best morning toast ever. Makes a wonderful addition to Christmas morning breakfast every year too.

Cherry Bread close up photo of cut loaf

Cherry Bread

A very long time ago, I worked in a bakery as a teenager and I remember they made a version of this cherry bread around Christmas time that I really liked. I’ve never seen it made anywhere else.

Cherry Bread being sliced on a wooden cutting board

Cherry Bread

It does make a great fruit bread for a Christmas brunch, fresh out of the oven or maybe even better, as your morning toast on Boxing Day. Candied mixed citrus peel or mixed glacé fruit can also be substituted for the glacé cherries in this recipe.

Red Glacé Cherries for Cherry Vanilla Cheesecake Bars, pictured in a glass bowl.

Candied mixed citrus peel or mixed glacé fruit can also be substituted for the glacé cherries in this recipe

This also looks beautiful as a braided bread wreath or braided loaf as well. They’d make great presents that way too.

This type of sweet bread is also an excellent base for bread pudding as well.

Now what flavour goes well with cherries…hmmmm?

If you liked this recipe you may also want to try our Christmas Fruit Bread.

Christmas Fruit Bread photo with title text for Pinterest

 

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Originally published December 2009 Updated December , 2019.
 
Cherry Bread
Yield: 24 servings

Cherry Bread

Prep Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes

Cherry Bread - a sweet bread recipe that is terrific for brunch, as a base for a luscious bread pudding, or to enjoy as the best morning toast ever.

Ingredients

  • 8 cups flour approximately
  • 1 package instant yeast
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 2 cups warm milk
  • 1 pound glace cherries, I like to cut my cherries in half.

Instructions

  1. Combine 3 cups of the flour along with the sugar, instant yeast and salt in a large bowl or in the bowl of a large electric mixer that uses a dough hook.
  2. Add the melted butter, warm milk, eggs and vanilla extract.
  3. Using a wooden spoon or the regular paddle of your electric mixer beat for 4-5 minutes until the mixture is smooth with no lumps.
  4. If using an electric mixer, switch to the dough hook at this point and begin to slowly incorporate the remaining flour. If not using an electric mixer keep mixing in the flour gradually until a soft dough forms that leaves the sides of the bowl. You may need to use a little less or a little more flour than indicated in the recipe, this is not uncommon.
  5. Knead the dough for an additional 10 minutes either in the electric mixer or on a floured bread board or counter top.
  6. Cover dough and leave to rest and rise for about 45 minutes. Punch the dough down and gently knead in the glace cherries by hand for a few minutes just enough to distribute them evenly throughout the dough.
  7. Divide dough in 4 equal portions and form into loaves, or into 8 equal portions with two portions per bread pan. (12 equal portions for 3 bun bread)
  8. Place dough in 4 medium (9x5 inch) (or 3 large) greased loaf pans to rise. Cover with a clean tea towel and let rise until about triple in size, rising about an inch above the pan; about 2 hours.
  9. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for about 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and a good bottom crust has formed (about 45 minutes for larger loaves).
  10. Brush the tops of the loaves with butter if desired, while they are still warm.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

24

Serving Size

24 servings

Amount Per Serving Calories 232Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 27mgSodium 145mgCarbohydrates 40gFiber 2gSugar 7gProtein 6g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Brittany

Thursday 14th of April 2022

Is it 8 cups of flour or 3?

Debbi

Saturday 4th of December 2021

Hi

My bread is not rising😢 Just did a test with my yeast and it is good. Does the recipe have the correct flour to yeast ratio? 8 cups flour to 21/4 tsp yeast?

Thanks

Lynn Parsons

Monday 13th of December 2021

Is the dough in a warm room? It will be slower to rise when it’s cooler

Penny Gajdacs

Thursday 6th of May 2021

Hi,

I followed the instructions as instructed in the Cherry Bread recipe. I am extremely disappointed to say the least. Quite honestly, I am furious. Your recipe says to use 1 packet of instant dry yeast for approximately 8 cups of flour give or take. The breads did not rise after 2 hours of rising! I was hoping that they would rise more in the oven but they didn't. So, I checked on line about how many packet of instant dry yeast is required for 8 cups of flour. It stated 3 packets not 1! They came out looking dense. Please don't post any recipes that you obviously haven't tried and tested. I am very upset because ingredients are not cheap.

Penny

Kyle

Friday 15th of May 2020

How would I adjust this to use active dry yeast? Love your recipies. Thanks. From North Harbour Placentia Bay

Alexandra Johnstone

Friday 2nd of December 2016

Would the recipe work if you cut it in half?

Barry C. Parsons

Sunday 4th of December 2016

Should be fine. You may want to use a little more than half the yeast.

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