Brain Bread from my iZombie Kitchen

Hi Internet People,

Today’s brain treat is a very brainy bread full of sugary goodness. I couldn’t resist making something sweet this week, I mean come on sugar was in the title. Now I will say the bread reminded me more of a cake than a bread. It was sweeter than most breads I make and it was frosted, which I only ever do for cakes and cupcakes. The frosting really sold the brainy aspect of the cake and I thought it was really tasty so it’s definitely worth trying. Here’s a pic for you:

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The official recipe was cherry bread with cream cheese frosting. The bread wasn’t too hard to make, though the recipe I found had you mixing in the butter at the end, which I wasn’t a fan of doing. You needed to add an entire stick so I think it would have been easier to just warm it up and add it in at the end without cutting it into little pieces.I’ll talk about that more when we get to that part of the recipe.

For the bread you will need:

2 cups flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon baking powder, dash of salt, 1/2 cup butter (one whole stick), 2 large eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and one 10 oz jar of maraschino cherries.

You will first need to drain the juice from the jar, you need to keep the juice for the recipe so pour it into a cup. Then you need to chop up the cherries. I dumped them into a little bowl and cut them up into little pieces.

In a separate bowl I added the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, eggs, vanilla, and cherry juice all together and stirred them up. Then I dumped in the diced cherries.

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Already looking a bit brainy, right? Then I cut in the butter, but seriously don’t do that. My hand started to cramp trying to mash up the hunks of room temperature butter and it took forever to get it integrated. Instead take your stick(1/2 cup) of butter, put it on a small plate, heat it in the microwave for 15 seconds so it’s mushier, then throw it in your batter. That should make it way easier for you.

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It’ll also probably keep your batter from looking as chunky as mine. Then I poured my batter into a greased bread pan.

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After it was in the pan I took a container of red food coloring and some skewers. I dipped the skewers in food coloring and then stuck them in the batter and swirled them around to get red streaks into it.

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Then I put it in the oven for one hour at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. While the bread was in the oven I mixed up the frosting.

For the frosting you’ll need 4 oz of cream cheese, a tablespoon of milk, 1/4 cup of butter (half a stick), and a cup of confectioner’s sugar.

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I mixed that with an electric mixer on low/medium speed. Once it was whipped and looked like frosting, I added about five drops of pink food coloring and briefly mixed it again to make it pink all the way through.

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I sealed up the container with the frosting to be used when the bread was cooled. It got done about the time I got done mixing up the frosting and this is what it looked like fresh out of the oven.

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I let it cool for about four, five hours and then popped it out of the bread pan onto a plate. After it was on the plate I covered in with the frosting and then used a squeeze bag of red icing to add brainy lines. Here’s another pic of the frosted bread.

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Then I made sure to taste test the bread and I cut myself a slice.

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I’m definitely going to make this again, but I think I’ll double the recipe and make it a cake. My friend really loves cherries and cream cheese so this will be perfect for her birthday.

If you try this bread you should totally tweet me pics, @kleffnotes. You can also find all of my other recipes on the iZombie Support Group site. I also write for The Nerdy Girl Express and run their Snapchat, thenerdygirlexp. I also have a kleffnotes YouTube channel.

Talk to ya tomorrow,

Katherine

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