Amaretto Cherry Bread

In honor of National Cherry Month, I wanted to make the amaretto cherry bread from my Lehman’s Anniversary Cookbook. I knew I wanted to make it as soon as I read the recipe, but it took me a while because I did not have any amaretto. It was worth the wait.

This is a very moist, cake-like quick bread. It is great as a dessert, snack, or even as a breakfast treat.

I used canned dark sweet cherries as it is February and they were already pitted. However, fresh cherries would be great. Also the next time I make it, I am going to lightly coat the cherries in flour to see if it will prevent so many of them from being on the bottom.

This was the first recipe I have ever made using drinking alcohol. My mom used to substitute extracts, simple syrups, broths or water for recipes that called for drinking alcohols. I am not sure this recipe would be the same with out the amaretto but it could be tried with amaretto extract.

Much of the amaretto used in this recipe has the alcohol content greatly reduced by the baking process.

If you are concerned about the alcohol in the glaze not having the opportunity to bake out, it will dissipate some because of the warmth of the bread. Plus, the amaretto’s alcohol taste really mellows as the bread cools. However, a simple syrup with/without amaretto flavoring could be used.

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  1. am just getting ready to try this recipe, but I think I’ll use 1/2 tsp salt instead of 1/2 cup!! (typo??)

    • Thanks for catching it…yes, it is just 1/2 tsp. salt. I have corrected the recipe. I looked the rest of it over and it appears to be correct. I hope you enjoy the corrected version 🙂


  1. […] I made two versions of caramelized bananas after being inspired by a show on TLC where the “Cake Boss” made a similar dish as a version of bananas foster, an alcohol free version and one with leftover amaretto from making Amaretto Cherry Bread. […]

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