Cherry Lime Bread

What’s better than a loaf of Cherry Lime Bread? How about two loaves of cherry lime bread? They freeze well and are perfect for sharing, too!

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Cherry Lime Bread is an easy quick bread that makes TWO loaves. One for now, one for later (freeze or share with a friend)!

I have a confession. I keep a pretty clean house and I’m proud of it. AND I think I’m raising happy kids.

Why is this a confession? Well, I am personally tired of seeing the memes and comments that messy house= happy children. It’s okay to also say clean house= happy children. I don’t neglect my kids to keep a clean house. I have just raised them as little children to pick up after themselves. And then, after I have tucked the last child into bed, I spend an extra half hour tidying up. That way, we wake up to a fresh home. Happy mom= Happy children.

I feel like there are debates everywhere about working, staying at home, cleaning, breastfeeding. By making a funny picture about your choice, doesn’t mean it’s for everyone.

Be confident in how you want to raise your kids, feed your kids, and keep your home. If having a clean house stresses you out…then so be it. But for me, I find comfort in sitting on the couch after a long day, knowing my laundry is done and the dishes are clean. Haha. Don’t use an excuse “well at least my kids are happy” as why your house is messy. Cause you can have both if you really want it.

I also may be a little obsessive compulsive about my own messes and junk. I don’t notice it in other people’s houses…but if stuff piles up in my own, it bothers me to no end!

Unless it’s dishes. I am an expert dirty dish stacker. I can make them fit into the sink like it’s nobody’s business. If they fit in the sink, then I don’t need to do them right away. It’s when they start piling up on the counters that I feel it’s necessary to do something.

And by “do something” I totally mean get my husband involved.

But, I pay in treats. Like this delicious Cherry Lime Bread. I made four loaves of it one day, all in the name of recipe testing! I had to make sure it was perfect. Granted, I made a few dishes that day, but the reward was sweet. Literally.

And this bread is so easy to freeze too. I wrap it up in foil then place it inside a large gallon sized ziploc bag. I usually toss them in there with the glaze on. But, if you want it to LOOK pretty when you serve it, then add the glaze fresh after thawing. A frozen glaze thaws in a not so pretty way (it becomes almost clear).

So, tell me…do you keep a clean house? I don’t judge, promise!

Cherry Lime Bread is an easy quick bread that makes TWO loaves. One for now, one for later (freeze or share with a friend)!

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Yield: 2 loaves

Cherry Lime Bread

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Quick breads are delicious, especially this Cherry Lime Bread with sweet lime glaze. Perfect for freezing too!


For the bread:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 limes, zested (save juice)
  • 1 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling

For the glaze:

  • 3 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • 1 lime, zested
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar


  1. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar together. Add eggs, one at a time. Beat in vanilla. Add vlour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and lime zest. Slowly beat in sour cream.
  2. Grease two 9inch loaf pans generously. Spoon over half the batter evenly to each pan. Divide pie filling evenly between pans, spooning it over the batter. Top with the remaining bread batter. It's okay if it doesn't cover the cherry filling completely.
  3. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 60-70 minutes. Remove and cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Then remove from pan and cool completely before adding glaze.
  4. For the glaze, whisk the powdered sugar with lime juice until smooth. Pour over tops of bread. In a small bowl, combine the lime zest with granulated sugar until crumbly. Sprinkle over glaze. Allow to set about 15-20 minutes before wrapping. ENJOY.

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Cherry Lime Bread is an easy quick bread that makes TWO loaves. One for now, one for later (freeze or share with a friend)!


About Aimee

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Posted on March 3, 2015

Comments & Reviews

  1. Do you think this would work with lemon instead of lime?  I would love to make it but I am more of a lemon lover than lime.   Or even orange zest instead?  Any thoughts? 

  2. For the most part I can’t go to bed if there is a big mess in the kitchen or living room, so I always do that quick 10 minute clean up. It just seems so much better to start the day off with everything picked up. Clean house, happy mom, and happy kids…sounds like a plan to me. And this bread…that cherry swirl is killing me!!! I wish I had a big giant piece to enjoy with my coffee before I dirty up the kitchen again!

      1. This is the most delicious bread ever! I’m making it again. It’s been too long. I especially love it refrigerated!

  3. Cherry lime bread sounds like such a refreshing treat during these droll winter days. Must make and imagine myself on a sunny beach somewhere, sipping a drink with an umbrella in it 🙂

  4. Love this recipe, the combo of the lime and cherries – perfect!
    ps. I love a clean house, I can´t funtion is clutter… but the rest of my family somehow doesn´t agree in my sentiments 😉

  5. I have a clean house and no kids and ive always worried that when I have kids it would turn into one big mess. Nice to know it is possible to maintain a clean and tidy house! Meanwhile loving this gorgeous cherry lime bread!

  6. I am unorganized, so I tend to have bill piles and laundry baskets filled with folded clothes in every corner. But I can’t stand dirtiness. I clean all day long. I also play and work all day long, you can certainly have happy kids in a clean house. To say you can’t is kind of absurd. I think happy kids stem from a happy family…. dirty or clean house who cares right?!

    Parenting debates always drive me insane!

    This bread though, I have no issues with. It looks amazing Aimee!

    1. Oh girl you and me both. The last article I read was that if you spend your time cleaning you are neglecting your children. UGH. Really? I get so worked up with these debates. Do what makes you happy. A clean house makes me happy. haha. And so does this bread. Yes 🙂

  7. I would totally do your dishes if this Cherry Lime Bread was the reward. Looks incredible. Love that swirl!

  8. Girl, yes. My house is always clean and we always do a pick up after the kids go to bed. I can’t relax in a mess!! This bread is just what I need at the end of the day 🙂 With a clean house. And tea.

  9. My mom used to give me an allowance every week to vacuum and dust the house. It taught me discipline and provided me the funds to go out and by the newest “Now, that’s what I call music” CD. Although I don’t have children, I do have two pups in the house with dirty paws. I like to keep a clean house. It makes me feel better and freshens up the living space. This bread…YUM! I’ve never had cherry lime bread, but it looks like a delicious snack.

  10. Oh my! This bread looks so yummy! I love how you pay your husband in treats to get him to clean the dishes. I think I need to try this too! 🙂

  11. Oh yes, I love a clean house. I don’t keep it as clean as I used too though. At my age it takes lots of energy to do. I can’t leave home unless our bed is made. Dishes are washed or put in the dishwasher as I cook. No way I could come home to a bunch of dirty dishes. If we could control the mail piling up that would be a plus. HA!!! I agree a messy house does not mean kids are happy. Believe me, I worked almost 25 years in the school system and you can tell pretty much what kind of a atmosphere they are raised in.

    1. Oh we make our bed every day too. Something about a fresh made bed makes it seem more welcoming at bed time 🙂

  12. I’ll trade you my coconut lime bread for this beauty! I love love that you used pie filling and my favorite at that! Pinning!

  13. I try to keep the house somewhat tidy – I really do not like clutter, but with three dogs, we usually have a bit of fur on the floors 🙂 but I could certainly get the kids to vacuum it up with a few slices of this bread

    1. Ugh, the dogs. We call them “tumbleweeds” blowing through our house. The big clumps of dog hair!!

  14. I’m with you, clean house means happy mom which means happy kids and husband. I can be a bit obsessive compulsive about it though, but I’m working on that part. This bread looks wonderful, I love cherry and lime together.

  15. Right on, Aimee! We’ve gotta stop tearing each other down. Why can’t people just accept that everyone sees life differently?
    And I’m quite jealous of your clean house. I try so hard, but my kids keep winning that battle. It’s very frustrating.
    Love this bread! And that glaze…hello!

    1. Yeah…my kids do win that battle at times too. Especially now that they are older and I go in their rooms to find gatorade bottles and junk food wrappers 🙁

  16. Cherry and lime are so delicious together – Cherry Lime Rickey’s are my FAV – I can bet you money I’d love this bread! Thanks Aimee!

  17. My house is FAIRLY TIDY. For me, I think it’s spotless but my husband is a bit of a neat freak.
    And I know the crumbs from ALL THE SLICES of this bread that I am going to devour are going to freak him out 😉 Pinned!

  18. Let’s just say I keep a neat and tidy house. 🙂 I love that this recipe makes 2 loaves — one for me, one for the freezer!

  19. My mom was totally the same way and I hope I am, too, when I have kids! I am so much more stressed out in a messy house and luckily my husband agrees! Sitting in a clean house with a piece of this bread and a cup of tea sounds heavenly 🙂

    1. I have never thought to pair cherry and lime, can’t wait to try this! Sigh, the messy house. My mom just sent my a youtube video of this mom who say “Let It Go” about her messy house. It’s like, okay, I can take a hint. I truly do my best but the kids are such terrors! But I agree, a clean house just makes like easier and plus you can find stuff! Okay, back to cleaning boot camp, you’re convincing me I need to make my kids try harder to pick up.

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