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Cherries and Cream Quick Bread

Makes 1 loaf

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Clabber Girl Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons light olive oil
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup dried sour cherries
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • GLAZE:
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp. maraschino cherry liquid
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips, melted (to swirl on top of glaze)

Instructions:

Mix flour, sugar, Clabber Girl Baking Powder and salt; set aside. In a separate bowl, combine cream cheese, egg, oil, sour cream and almond extract. Blend together lightly with whisk. Add cheese mixture to dry mixture and mix just until combined. Fold in dried cherries, chocolate chips and almonds.

Pour into greased loaf pan (9x5x3-inches), and bake at 350°F. for 55-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before turning loaf out onto rack.

For glaze, combine confectioners' sugar, almond extract and maraschino cherry liquid (add teaspoon or more of water if needed for consistency).

Top bread with almond glaze, swirl on melted chocolate and decorate with maraschino cherries.