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

By: Jennifer M June 10, 2013 Breads 16 Comments
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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.

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  1. Laura (Tutti Dolci) June 10, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Such a gorgeous bread, I love that topping!

    • Jennifer M June 11, 2013 at 7:21 am

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

  2. Little Box Brownie June 11, 2013 at 2:52 am

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

    • Jennifer M June 11, 2013 at 7:20 am

      Thanks so much.

  3. thelittleloaf June 11, 2013 at 8:21 am

    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.

    • Jennifer M June 11, 2013 at 10:34 am

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

  4. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme June 11, 2013 at 9:07 am

    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.

    • Jennifer M June 11, 2013 at 10:32 am

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

  5. Sophie June 11, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    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 :)

    • Jennifer M June 11, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      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 :)

  6. Renee June 11, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    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!

    • Jennifer M June 12, 2013 at 6:41 am

      Thanks Renee. I love cherry season, too.

  7. Dina June 12, 2013 at 5:32 pm

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

  8. Jennifer M June 12, 2013 at 8:02 pm

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

  9. JJ - 84thand3rd June 13, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    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!

    • Jennifer M June 13, 2013 at 9:53 pm

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

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