Cherry Tea Bread

I made this for Mother's Day and it seems it was a hit!

· 1/2 cup walnuts -- coarsely chopped
· 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
· 1 teaspoon double-acting baking powder
· 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
· 1/4 teaspoon salt
· 1 1/4 cups sweet cherries in juice -- drained
· 8 tablespoons unsalted butter -- softened
· 3/4 cup sugar
· 1/4 cup honey
· 2 large eggs
· 1/3 cup fresh orange juice

Preheat oven to 350°. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together into a bowl. In a second bowl, combine the cherries and the nuts. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter until it is light and fluffy; add the sugar and honey gradually, beating the mixture until it is very light. Add the eggs, one at a time. With mixer at lowest speed, add the flour mixture (reserving 1/4 cup), alternating it with the orange juice. Toss the cherry-nut mixture with the reserved 1/4 cup of flour, and fold it into the batter. Turn the batter into a buttered and floured loaf pan, approximately 9 x 5 x 3 inches. Bake the bread in the center of the oven for 1 hour. Cool the loaf for 15 minutes in the pan; unmold the bread on a rack to cool completely. Wrap the cherry bread loaf in plastic wrap and keep for a day before serving.


Stephanie said...

This was AWESOME and the orange one was even better! I hope you get around to posting that one, too. Even Devin ate it!