You just need to know one thing to know how truly delicious this quick bread is: My husband ate THE ENTIRE LOAF in one day. Yes, all by himself. He just kept eating a slice here and a slice there and, well . . . it was gone.
I wanted to make him a treat and he requested banana bread. I refused. B-O-R-I-N-G, said I. “Ok, then make a tastier bread,” he responded. So what I had in my pantry was dried cherries and almonds. And an orange that was getting hard.
So. Why make plain old boring banana bread, when you can make this bread with flavors that dance in your mouth? And cherry and almond are a match made in heaven. This is a moist, delicious one million per cent improvement on banana bread.
Never go back to boring, I say.
— posted by Donna
CHERRY ALMOND QUICK BREAD
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup cake flour
1/2 cup sugar (or other desired sweetener)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped dried cherries
3/4 cup sweetened almond milk
2 large eggs
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 teaspoons orange zest
1/4 cup sliced almonds
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil a loaf pan.
Mix dry ingredients and then toss the dried cherries in the dry ingredients.
Stir together the milk, eggs, butter, almond extract and orange zest.
Mix wet ingredients into dry and then pour into pan. Sprinkle almonds on top eveny. Press gently into batter.
Bake for 55 – 60 minutes, until firm in center. Let sit 10 minutes. Turn loaf out and let cool completely before slicing.
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