We always have this at Christmas time.You can leave out the cherries and have 2 beautiful plain pound cakes. Or see my variation at the end of this recipe.
8 oz pkg cream cheese (250 g)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup butter
1 tsp almond flavouring
2 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 cups maraschino cherries, drained and roughly chopped
This turned out to be 1 - 375 ml jar of cherries.
(don't use glazed cherries, I tried it once....yuck!)
1/2 cup ground almonds
In a mixer blend cream cheese, sugar, butter and almond flavouring. Add eggs one at a time and beat. Gradually add 2 cups of the flour and baking powder to the batter.
Mix remaining flour with chopped cherries and ground almonds.
Fold fruit mixture into batter.
Divide into two greased 9 X 5 loaf pans.
Bake in preheated 325F oven for 1 - 1 1/2 hours (closer to the 1 1/2 hrs) until toothpick comes out clean.
This time I decided to make 1 cherry and 1 chocolate chip streusel pound cake.
Follow the above recipe until you have added the 2 cups flour and baking powder. Next, mix in the ground almonds.
Divide the batter in half. Take 2 1/2 cups for each loaf.
For 1 cherry loaf:
Use 1 cup of cherries when making one loaf and toss together with 2 tbsps of flour.
Fold this into the 2 1/2 cups of batter. Pour into a greased loaf pan. Set aside.
For chocolate chip streusel loaf:
Mix together -
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup melted butter
1 cup dark chocolate chips
and set aside.
Take another 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and toss with 2 tbsps of flour. Fold this into the other 2 1/2 cups of batter.
Spread half the batter in a greased loaf pan. Layer the streusel mix over the batter and press lightly. Top with remaining batter. It's a little tricky to spread the batter over the streusel, work slowly.
Bake these two loaves as per directions above. (The chocolate one will need the full 1 1/2 hours for sure)
Cool at least 15 minutes before removing from pans to cool completely on rack before slicing.
The original cherry loaf is supposed to have 200 calories for a 1 1/2 inch slice.
The chocolate one must be higher.
I usually cut the loaves in half and freeze, defrosting only what you need to serve. One year I even sliced it then froze it. That was a pretty good idea if I do say so myself!