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Almond Tea Bread

My aunt brought her tea bread recipe with her from Scotland, and enjoying a fresh-baked loaf has become a family tradition during the holidays. Each slice is loaded with red cherries. —Kathleen Showers, Briggsdale, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours + cooling
  • Makes
    2 loaves (16 slices each)


  • 1 can (8 ounces) almond paste
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh pitted cherries or blueberries
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup whole milk


  • In a large bowl, combine almond paste and butter; beat until well blended. Gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. In a small bowl, gently toss cherries and 1 tablespoon flour. Set aside.
  • Combine the baking powder, salt, remaining flour; add to the creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.
  • Spoon a sixth of the batter into each of two greased and floured 8x4-in. loaf pans; sprinkle layers with half of the fruit. Cover with another layer of batter and sprinkle with remaining fruit. Top with remaining batter; smooth with spatula.
  • Bake at 350° until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1-1/4 hours. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 130 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 111mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Heidi
    May 28, 2020

    I think this would have been delicious had the cooking time been MUCH less. I set my timer for 65 minutes and it was waaay overdone.

  • Sandra
    Jan 24, 2020

    I don't like cherries, could I substitute them for cranberries?

  • lvalcani
    Jul 6, 2017

    This is delicious! I upped the cherries to 2 cups which seems like a good amount.