Thursday, February 26, 2015

Cherry Almond Beer Bread

Cherry Almond Beer Bread

It's another snowy day here in PA, and what better way to warm up than to bake a loaf of bread!  OK, I know it might be more fun to sit under a blanket with a good book or watch a movie while snuggling someone you love, but honestly, I don't think there is any better smell in the world than bread baking in the oven.  And when it only takes a couple of minutes to mix a dough from scratch, I swear the aroma is even sweeter.  This recipe is a simple twist on my original Beer Bread, with a few extra flavor enhancers added in.  The result is a bread with just enough sweetness to serve as a dessert, but not so much that you think it's a cake. I like using different flavors of beer as the inspiration and with all the varieties available today, the options are honestly endless.  So experiment with your favorite and get baking!

*I know I usually take a photo of the bread after cutting a few slices, but this bread was so delicious that as soon as I cut it and tried a piece, my kids and I devoured it. Sorry!

Cherry Almond Beer Bread

2 C. organic whole wheat flour
1 C. almond flour
1/2 C. organic dark brown sugar
1/2 C. almonds, finely chopped
1/2 C. dried cherries, chopped
4 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
12 oz. beer (recommend Sam Adam's Cherry Wheat)
2 T. melted organic butter

Mix all the dry ingredients together.  Add the beer and mix lightly.  Put into a greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pan.  Pour the melted butter on top and bake at 350 F for 55 - 60 minutes.  Best served warm.

mixed together

ready to bake

hot from the oven

close up view

cooling off

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