Circle of Hearts Cherry Bread

Adapted from Holiday Meals, Cookies, Sweets, & Gifts

  • Filling:
  • 3/4 cup maraschino cherries, chopped
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherry juice
  • 2 tbsps cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp light margarine
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • Bread:
  • 16 ozs hot roll mix
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water, hot
  • 2 tbsps light margarine, softened
  • 1 whole egg
  • Glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsps fat-free milk
To prepare filling, combine cherries, cherry juice, cornstarch, one tablespoon margarine, walnuts, and almond extract in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until very thick and clear, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and set aside. Prepare a baking sheet with cooking spray; set aside. Prepare a six ounce custard cup with cooking spray; set aside. To prepare bread, combine hot roll mix, foil packet, granulated sugar, hot water, remaining margarine, and egg in a mixing bowl. Mix well. Onto a lightly floured surface, shape dough into a ball. Knead five minutes, or until smooth. Cover and let rest five minutes. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 18"x12" rectangle. Spread filling over dough within half inch of edges. Starting with 18 inch side, roll up tightly, pressing edges to seal. Place seam side down on prepared baking sheet. Join ends to form ring, placing prepared custard cup bottom side up in center of ring. Pinch ends of dough to seal. With scissors or sharp knife, cut from outside edge of ring to within half inch of inside of ring, making fourteen cuts 1 1/4" to 1 1/2" apart. Turn two cut sections on their sides in opposite directions to form heart shape. Repeat to make seven hearts. Cover and let rise 30 minutes on wire rack set over large pan to which hot water has been added. Preheat oven to 375. Bake for 35 minutes, or until golden brown. Carefully remove custard cup. Cool completely. To prepare glaze, combine powdered sugar and milk. Mix until drizzling consistency. Drizzle over bread, outlining hearts.
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Posted: 2/8/1998
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WW Points* : 5.96
14 servings
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 14
Amount Per Serving
Calories 283
Calories from Fat 52 (18%)
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 13g 4%
Sodium 258mg 11%
Potassium 5mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate50g 17%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 22g
Protein 6g 4%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.