Saturday, July 21, 2012

Summer (Fruit) Lovin' Bread

I inherited a giant box of organic produce this week! I'm excited to have a ton of delicious fruits and vegetables to experiment with. One fruit we have plenty of (and I don't mind one bit) is plums! I ate them all the time as a child but I don't remember the last time I had them besides this week. I few of my friends even tried them for the very first time when I made this recipe! The batter is inspired by an awesome banana bread recipe that never fails me. I've adapted it a few times and made Mango Banana Bread a few months ago that was FANTASTIC. I love the little chunks of plum and cherry in this bread. You get a background sweetness from the batter that balances the tartness of the fruit nicely. Maybe I'll even throw in some blueberries next time!

Summer (Fruit) Lovin’ Bread
Makes 1 loaf
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour and 25 minutes
2 plums
1/2 cup chopped cherries
3/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
6 Tbsp butter, softened
4 oz cream cheese, softened (1/2 a block)
1/4 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar

1. Wash, remove pit, and chop plums and cherries.

2. In a large bowl mix together butter and cream cheese. Mix in sugars and vanilla until evenly combined. Mix in egg.

3. In a separate bowl mix together both flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to butter and cream cheese mixture until fully combined.

4. Mix in cherries and plums. Bake in a greased and floured loaf pan in a 350 degrees F oven for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let it cool for a little, and enjoy!

Aren't they beautiful! I love the deep colors of the plums and cherries. So scrumptious. Clean, remove the pit, and chop the cherries and plums!

Mix together butter and cream cheese until combined. Add sugars and vanilla and mix.

Add the egg and mix until combined.

Mix white flour, wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl. I find that using half wheat flour doesn't compromise the texture at all.

Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter and cream cheese mixture until fully combined.

Add the sweet summer fruit! The batter is VERY dense so you have to kind of pat in down in the loaf pan.

Bake in a greased and floured loaf pan in a 350 degrees F oven for an 1 hour and 10 minutes. Stick a toothpick in and if it comes out clean, it's done!

This bread warmed up and your morning coffee = breakfast heaven. I love the colors and the little bits of fruit you get that are still juicy. And the bread is so moist and dense from the cream cheese. MMmm. Use your beautiful summer fruit for some warm Summer (Fruit) Lovin' Bread!

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