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Cherry Almond Loaf

 
This cherry loaf is rather simple, fairly dense but enriched with ground almonds. Turns out nice and moist and keeps well too. One good tip that I picked up from  Nigella Lawson is to rinse the cut glace cherries with water, pat dry and toss in some flour to minimise the cherries from sinking.  What I would normally do is just to cut up the glace cherries and dust them with flour.  It never crossed my mind to rinse them.  As I prefer to have a not too sweet cake, I reduced the sugar and halved the amount of cherries called for in the recipe.










Recipe for Cherry Almond Loaf  (adapted from Nigella Lawson's recipe with slight modification)

    Ingredients
    • 225 gm butter
    • 100 gm glace cherries (reduced from 200 gm)
    • 250 gm self-raising flour
    • 100 gm ground almonds/almond meal
    • 3 eggs
    • 140 gm caster sugar (reduced from 175 gm)
    • 1  tsp vanilla
    • 8 Tbsp milk (originally 6 Tbsp)
    Method
    1. Cut up the glace cherries, rinse with water, pat dry, toss in some flour from the recipe. Set aside
    2. Sift the self-raising flour.
    3. Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy, thick.  
    4. Add in eggs one @ a time, mix well.
    5. Fold in sifted flour, mix well.
    6. Fold in almond meal alternatively with the milk.  Add in vanilla.
    7. Mix in the flour dusted glace cherries.
    8. Pour batter into a greased and floured oval pan.  (I made 2 Oval shape loaves).
    9. Bake in a preheated oven @ 180 deg.C for 40 mins. till golden brown.  Test with a skewer till it comes out clean.
    10. Cool in pan for 15 mins. before unmoulding onto a wire rack to cool completely.
    Note:  You can bake this in a 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan.




    This post is linked to  Cook like a Star, organised by Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids,
     Joyce from Kitchen Flavours and Anuja from Simple Baking.






    I'm also linking this post to the Little Thumbs Up 'Eggs' event, organised by Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids,




Comments

  1. Hi Cheah,
    I like this cake! Have made it weeks ago, have not put up the post yet, coming soon. A simple, moist and buttery cake, my kinda cake. Very good with either tea or even coffee. Thank you for linking to CLAS!

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    1. Huh, so I beat you to it. I always support simple and easy-to-do recipes!

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  2. Wah ... so beautifully baked. It certainly looks a keeper cake.

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    1. You try it, Chris.... you'll love it, add more glace cherries if you like.

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  3. Hi Cheah,

    Your cherry and almomd cakes look very pretty. The green and red specks of glace cherries of your loaves remind me that Christmas is arriving soon... in 4 months time?!

    Zoe

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    1. Yes, somewhat like fruit cake. In a blink of an eye, X'mas will be here!

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  4. Love those oval cake pans of yours! I have only one!

    Great idea to reduce amounts for sugar and cherries. FAB results!

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    1. Thank you. I always try to reduce the sugar content in my bakes.

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  5. Very pretty cakes, the almond meal should make a difference to the taste of this cake huh! Will pin this for future bake:D

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    1. Thanks, Jeannie. Yes you're right, the almond meal does add texture to the cake.

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  6. Cheah, I like your cherry cakes. Looks pretty and delicious! Let's have tea together :)

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  7. Hi Cheah, what a beautiful loaf! Am very attracted to loaves like this with that nice crack in the centre. YUMMY!

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  8. This reminds me of X'mas fruit cake...only this one is lighter and prettier!

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    1. Yes, fruity bakes do remind us that X'mas is not far away!

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  9. Hi Cheah , this cake is just to yummy , thanks for the tips on the cherries . :)

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  10. Hi Cheah, your cherry almond loaf look awesome. Very nice and moist texture.

    Have a nice day.

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  11. Hi Cheah, very nice cake. Thanks for sharing this. I have a small box of cherries and was wondering what to do with it.

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  12. Your cake look very nice, have to try this next time.

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  13. What a lovely cake Cheah. I'm sure it would go perfectly with my morning coffee.

    Thank you so much for sharing...

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  14. i nvr rinse glace cherries too, just use them straight away..texture of the cake looks great!

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    1. Most of the time they'll sink because of the sugar content. Try this method if you do use cherries again.

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  15. Lovely & tasty cake! Looks so festive & inviting! YUM!

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