Sweet Yeast Bread with a Cream Cheese, Fresh Cherry and Crumble Topping

SWEET YEAST BREAD WITH A CREAM CHEESE, CHERRY AND CRUMBLE TOPPING

I have a thing for cherries and sweet yeast bread. I think they just are so perfect together. And with beautiful, fresh cherries showing up in the markets, it was time to bake a little something.

This is a new bread for me, a mash-up of a number of sweet bread ideas I have come across, combined with a technique I have used a few times – chopping the dough into chunks (like my Chopped Caramel Apple Bread).

You may be wondering what purpose the chopping part plays in this bread. It’s quite simple – it makes nooks and crannies for the topping. If it weren’t for those nooks and crannies, all the cherries and crumble would roll right off as the bread rose as it cooked. I think we can agree that would be a darned shame.

Even with the nooks and crannies, the cherries need a little coaxing to stay on top of the bread. I relied on the cream cheese to provide a bit of “glue” and placed the cherries right on top of the dollops of cream cheese, to help them stay put.

I wondered afterwards if I should have put some cherries in with the chopped dough, so there would be some fruit in the main part of the bread, as well. I think I might try it next time, maybe cutting those cherries into smaller pieces to make the bread easy to cut. I’ll let you know how it works out.

Sweet Yeast Bread with a Cream Cheese, Fresh Cherry and Crumble Topping
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I should note that despite the topping, you can toast this bread. In fact, it is lovely toasted. I find the slices are tall enough that the top sticks up above the heating elements, so only the bottom bread part toasts. With a little butter and a cup of tea, it’s a perfect morning or afternoon treat.

16 Comments

  • Reply June 10, 2013

    Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    Such a gorgeous bread, I love that topping!

    • Reply June 11, 2013

      Jennifer M

      Thanks. The topping is delicious and a bit different for a yeast bread.

  • Reply June 11, 2013

    Little Box Brownie

    This is such a great recipe idea, great blog by the way

    • Reply June 11, 2013

      Jennifer M

      Thanks so much.

  • Reply June 11, 2013

    thelittleloaf

    I love the look of that topping! And although cherries would be lovely in the actual bread, it looks so beautiful with them clinging on to the top with those gorgeous crumbs.

    • Reply June 11, 2013

      Jennifer M

      They do look pretty on top, for sure. Was just trying to figure out if I could sneak in more cherry goodness :)

  • This looks fabulous! I love this topping. I look forward to trying this after I get my hands on some fresh cherries at the Farmer’s Market.

    • Reply June 11, 2013

      Jennifer M

      Thanks Jennifer. I really enjoyed this bread and it stayed fresh for a surprisingly long time, too.

  • Reply June 11, 2013

    Sophie

    What a wonderful use of cherries! I’ve gotta find a chance to bake this beautiful loaf. Maybe it is just close to lunchtime but this sounds HEAVenly! If I bake a loaf, I’ll have to share with our CEO, who loves new cherry recipes :)

    • Reply June 11, 2013

      Jennifer M

      It is delicious bread, Sophie. And those would be Pacific Northwest cherries on top of that bread, since the Ontario cherries haven’t hit the stores here yet. They were delicious, too :)

  • Reply June 11, 2013

    Renee

    Cherry season really is the best, isn’t it? How I would like a slice of this right now. You knocked it out of the park again Jennifer!

    • Reply June 12, 2013

      Jennifer M

      Thanks Renee. I love cherry season, too.

  • Reply June 12, 2013

    Dina

    this looks so yummy! i love cherries and cream cheese!

  • Reply June 12, 2013

    Jennifer M

    Thanks Dina. It’s a great combination, for sure.

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    JJ - 84thand3rd

    Oh this sounds simply perfect! There are no where near enough (Aussie summer) cherries in my freezer for all the fabulous recipes out right now!

    • Reply June 13, 2013

      Jennifer M

      Thanks. I know what you mean. There are so many good recipes to try.

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