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Cherry Cheese Loaves

 Cherry Cheese Loaves
This has become my "trademark" dessert. I'm asked to take it everywhere I go! Diagonal cuts in the dough give this coffee cake a pretty look without the extra work of braiding it. -Carolyn Gregory, Hendersonville, Tennessee
40 ServingsPrep: 1-1/2 hours + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • FILLING:
  • 2 packages (one 8 ounces, one 3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Almond Extract
  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
  • GLAZE:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Almond Extract

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. In a small saucepan,
  • heat sour cream and butter to 110°-115°. Add to yeast
  • mixture. Add sugar and eggs; mix well. Gradually add flour; mix
  • well. Do not knead. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • For filling, in a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, egg and
  • extract until smooth; set aside. Turn dough onto a lightly floured

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Cherry Cheese Loaves (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • surface; divide into four portions. Roll each into a 12-in. x 8-in.
  • rectangle.
  • Spread a fourth of the cream cheese mixture down the center of each
  • rectangle. Spoon a fourth of the pie filling over cream cheese. Fold
  • lengthwise into thirds; pinch side seam and ends to seal. Place seam
  • side down on greased baking sheets.
  • With a sharp scissors, make several 1-in. diagonal cuts near the
  • center of loaves. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled,
  • about 1 hour.
  • Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Combine
  • glaze ingredients until smooth; drizzle over warm loaves. Cool on
  • wire racks. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 4 loaves (10 slices
  • each).
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 173 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 35 mg cholesterol, 58 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.