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Mini Cherry-Pecan Streusel Loaves

  • prep: 25 mins
    total time: 2 hours
  • yield: Makes 6

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Ingredients

For the Batter

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for pan
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled), plus more for pan
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups dried cherries (or dried cranberries)
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans

For the Streusel

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut in small pieces

Cook's Note

Storing: Wrapped in plastic, the loaves will keep 3 to 4 days at room temperature, and up to 3 months in the freezer.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour six mini loaf pans (each 5 3/4 by 3 inches, with a 2-cup capacity). Make streusel topping: In a bowl, mix streusel ingredients with fingertips until moist clumps form. Place in freezer.

  2. Step 2

    Make cherry-pecan batter: In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. In a large bowl, whisk butter, sugar, sour cream, eggs, and vanilla until smooth. Mix in dry ingredients until moistened. Fold in dried cherries and pecans.

  3. Step 3

    Divide batter evenly among prepared pans; spread to fill corners. Place pans on a baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes, then remove from oven, and quickly sprinkle loaves with streusel topping.

  4. Step 4

    Return loaves to oven; bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in center comes out with only a few moist crumbs attached, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool loaves 10 minutes in pans; turn out of pans, and cool completely, streusel side up, on a rack.

Source
Everyday Food, December 2005

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Reviews (11)

  • 18 Feb, 2011

    Delicious. Easy. Smells awesome while baking. I made these for gifts and everyone commented back on how wonderful these tasted. I left off the struesel topping.

  • 12 Jun, 2009

    This recipe is worth buying the mini-loaf pans if you don't already have them.

  • 15 Dec, 2008

    I made these last year for Christmas gifts, but they never made it! My family and I ended up eating all of them! We will definitely try again this year, but make extra for us to enjoy. This is a great recipe.

  • 15 Nov, 2008

    I used this recipe to make 6 jumbo muffins instead. They tasted wonderful! I replaced the granulated sugar with splenda, swapped out the sour cream for 1 cup of plain nonfat yogurt, used only 1 cup of dried cherries (the extra half a cup is unnecessary), and used 1/4 cup melted butter and 1/4 cup applesauce in the muffin batter instead of a full 1/2 cup melted butter. I also reduced the streusel topping by half (I did not need all of it for the muffins). Slightly healthier and OH-SO-GOOD!

  • 17 Aug, 2008

    I just make these and they taste great, but I thought there was way to much dry fruit (I used cranberries). Also, next time I'll fine chop the pecans for the topping and batter.

  • 17 Aug, 2008

    I just make these and they taste great, but I thought there was way to much dry fruit (I used cranberries). Also, next time I'll fine chop the pecans for the topping and batter.

  • 17 Aug, 2008

    I just make these and they taste great, but I thought there was way to much dry fruit (I used cranberries). Also, next time I'll fine chop the pecans for the topping and batter.

  • 22 Jul, 2008

    I baked them in cupcake tins, about 18 cupcakes total!!! Just great!!! To get a reacher flavor out of them, warm them up in the electric oven for a few seconds. They even freeze perfect!

  • 28 Apr, 2008

    This bread is perfect to give away as gifts. I didn't like the dried cherries though because it ended up being slightly bitter. Take out the cherries and it's an awesome pecan streusel bread. Especially the topping!!!

  • 6 Jan, 2008

    I gave this to my close friends over the holidays and they RAVED! I bought mini ceramic loaf pans at Michaels, covered them with wrap, and red

  • 3 Dec, 2007

    Would I be able to freeze this loaf? Would I have to omit the streusel topping?