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Cheery Cherry Loaf

 Cheery Cherry Loaf
You can serve this loaf year-round— but its cherries give it a pretty Christmasy look. In addition to being a lovely gift, it's something I often include in meals at home. I have also entered my loaf in fairs, where it's always a winner. I'm a widow (three grown daughters) who enjoys baking and crafting.
16 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 jar (6 ounces) red maraschino cherries
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 jar (8 ounces) green maraschino cherries, drained and cut up
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel

Directions

  • Drain red cherries, reserving liquid; add water, if needed, to liquid
  • to equal 1/3 cup. Cut up cherries; set cherries and liquid aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In
  • a small bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, butter and cherry liquid; stir
  • into dry ingredients just until combined. Fold in the red and green
  • cherries, pecans and orange peel.
  • Pour into a greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 1
  • hour or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to wire rack. Yield: 1
  • loaf (16 slices).

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 226 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 38 mg cholesterol, 226 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.