Loaf Pan or round Cake Pan-greased
Preheat oven to 375*f /190*c
4 Cups Flour + 1 Tablespoon for Cherries
4 Tablespoons Sugar
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 1/2 teaspoons Salt
4 tablespoons Cold Butter -cut up
1 3/4 Cup Buttermilk
Zest of one Orange
1cup chopped Dried Cherries or traditionally Currants are used- toss with one tablepoon of flour so fruits dont settle at the bottom of the cake during baking.
In your Kitchen aide or the bowl to your electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment
Add Flour, Sugar, Salt, and Baking Soda- mix together.
Add Butter pieces and blend on low speed until butter is incorporated (I like to use my hands for this after I mix for it a few minutes to really make sure the butter is mixed in properly into the flour mixture.)
Combine beaten Egg and Buttermilk ,add to flour and mix well.
Add Cherries and mix until incorporated.
Flour the surface of a cutting board and turn dough out onto board.
Knead a few times and then create your desired shape. If round , cut a large X into the top half of the dough with a sharp knife (this allows for even baking)
Bake for 40-45 min or until wooden skewer comes out clean.
If you knock top of the finished loaf it will sound hollow.
Remove from oven.
Serve warm with butter and jam or at room temp.
Toasting it once its cooled completly is a great way to enjoy as well.