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cherry bread loaf and two slices on a plate

Cherry Bread

Cherry bread might seem like an odd combination but it’s actually delicious! An indulgent quick bread recipe with tart canned cherries and a flavorful blend of vanilla and almond extract, cherry bread is then finished off with a crumbly streusel topping. 

  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x



1 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour

1 cup White Granulated Sugar

1 14.5 ounce can of Red Tart Cherries, save 1/4 cup of liquid, and drain the rest.

1/2 cup Vegetable Oil

1/4 cup Cherry Water

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1 teaspoon Almond Extract

2 Eggs, beaten

1 teaspoon Baking Soda

1/2 teaspoon Salt

For the streusel topping

3/4 cup All-Purpose Flour

1/4 cup Brown Sugar

1/4 cup Butter, cold and cubed


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F and prepare your loaf pan with parchment paper and nonstick baking spray.
  2. In a small bowl prepare your streusel ingredients, flour brown sugar, and cubes of cold butter.
  3. Work it together with your hands, squishing the butter into the flour until it comes together into a crumbly texture.
  4. To keep the butter cold, put the streusel in the fridge while you prepare your cherry bread mixture.
  5. In a large bowl sift together the flour, salt, sugar, and baking soda. Whisk to combine.
  6. Add to the flour mixture the drained cherries, vegetable oil, beaten eggs, cherry water, vanilla extract, and almond extract.
  7. Mix together gently and try not to overmix.
  8. Pour your cherry bread mixture into your prepared loaf pan.
  9. Remove the streusel topping from the fridge and spread it evenly over the top of your bread mixture.
  10. Bake for 90 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
  11. Cool for 15-30 minutes before removing from the pan and serving.


Storage: Store your cherry loaf wrapped in plastic wrap at room temperature on your countertop for up to 3 days, and even longer in the refrigerator.

  • Line your loaf pan with parchment paper, enough so that about 2 inches stick out from either side. This will make pulling the loaf out of the pan a whole lot easier.
  • This recipe makes quite a bit of streusel topping. I really love a streusel topping. You do not have to use it all, I would tho!
  • Author: April Brown
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 90 minutes
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baked


  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 459
  • Sugar: 35.2 g
  • Sodium: 327.8 mg
  • Fat: 21 g
  • Carbohydrates: 63.4 g
  • Fiber: 1.6 g
  • Protein: 5.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 61.8 mg
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