*This tart cherry tea bread was developed in partnership with the Cherry Marketing Institute.

Montmorency tart cherries are soaked in tea and studded throughout this simple cherry tea bread. Makes for a great afternoon or late night snack!

We’ve been through this conversation (many times) and by now, I think you all know how much I hate winter here in New York.

This time of year literally feels like it’s sucking my soul out of my body and I fail to understand why anyone chooses to live here when warm climates, palm trees and oceans exist.

Montmorency cherries are soaked in tea and studded throughout this simple cherry tea bread. Makes for a great afternoon snack!
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That said, one part of winter I do actually love (yes, there are a few small things that make me happy like my constant state of sweat pant wearing, cozy stews, chilis, soups, carb-filled meals and the heated seats and steering wheel in my car) is my afternoon and/or nighttime tea drinking.

Once the warmer weather hits, this tea obsession gets kicked to the curb like a bad habit.

But for a solid 5 months, a day isn’t complete without a cup (<– I almost typed “cuppa” there but then remembered how much I actually dislike that word that everyone uses now).

This cherry tea bread is a simple, healthy loaf great for an afternoon or late night snack.

I’m pretty open-minded when it comes to tea.

Except green tea (unless its used in bread like this matcha bread). Yuck. Yuck. Yuck.

I just can’t with that stuff.

It’s like dirt and grass and bitterness combined in my cup. I’ve tried a million different kinds and come to accept it’s just never going to be my thing.

But if one tea has my heart, it’s earl grey.

The bergamot flavor is just so delicious and with a splash of milk and hint of sweetener, I could happily sip that all afternoon like I was born and bred in England.

Dried tart cherries are soaked in earl grey tea and make a delicious and nutritious addition to this simple tea bread.

This tea bread studded with delicious tart cherries combines two of my winter loves: carbs and tea.

A slice of tart cherry tea bread is the perfect afternoon or late night snack.

The result is a simple loaf, bursting with both citrus and spice-filled flavor and bursting with nutritious, anti-oxidant packed Montmorency tart cherries that have been soaked in earl grey tea. 

This tea bread recipe is not overly sweet and lends itself to the perfect afternoon or night time snack.

Packed with antioxidants, tart cherries make a nutritious addition to this simple tea bread.

Since Montmorency tart cherries are a great natural source of melatonin, I’ve found myself eating a slice along with my cup of tea right before bed.

And then finishing the night off with a tart cherry sleep gummy for an added sleep boost!

Spread some healthy nut butter on a piece of toasted tart cherry tea bread for a delicious snack option.

If a delicious slice of bread can help improve the duration and quality of my sleep, I’ll happily oblige.

Toasted and slathered in cashew butter is optional but definitely preferable.

With their tart and sweet flavor profile, dried tart cherries make a lovely addition to this simple tea bread recipe.

Love this tart cherry tea bread recipe?

Try these chewy tart cherry oat bars, tart cherry power cookieschia cherry crunch bites or a mini tart cherry galette for more great tart cherry snacking!

Looking for more simple bread recipes? 

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4 from 2 votes

Tart Cherry Tea Bread

Servings: 12 servings
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Total: 1 hour 20 minutes
Tart Cherry Tea Bread
Tart cherries are soaked in tea and studded throughout this simple cherry tea bread. Makes for a great afternoon or late night snack!


  • 10 ounces boiling water
  • 1 bag earl grey tea
  • 250 grams dried tart cherries, also called Montmorency cherries, roughly dropped
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1 3/4 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 eggs


  • Pour boiling water into a large bowl. Place tea bag in the bowl and let steep for 5-7 minutes. Remove tea bag once steeped and discard.
  • Add the dried tart cherries, maple syrup and orange zest to the bowl, toss to combine and submerge the cherries in the liquid. Set aside for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • Add the flour, baking powder and spices to a large bowl. Stir to combine.
  • Add the soaked cherries along with any excess liquid to the bowl with the flour. Add the eggs and mix until well combined.
  • Transfer the batter to the parchment lined loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour until set and golden brown on top and around the edges.
  • Remove the bread from the loaf pan by pulling the sides of the parchment paper up and place the bread on a cooling rack for at least 15 minutes before slicing.


Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 106kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 4gFat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 76mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Baked Goods
Cuisine: American
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  1. 4 stars
    I love the flavor of the cherries and the idea of this recipe however, and I understand that this is a “tea bread”, it’s a little dry. Will try again with some tweaks.

  2. I cannot have caffeine in any form, so I only drink herbal tea. Is there an herbal tea variety you would suggest to replace the Earl Grey?

    1. Could you just use a decaf early grey? If not, use whatever herbal tea you think would complement the flavors in the bread. There are so many options out there!