Cherry Pistachio Bread Recipe

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"A co-worker shared the recipe for these colorful loaves with me," writes Rose Harman of Hays, Kansas. "The red maraschino cherries and green pistachio pudding mix echo the colors of Christmas, so slices make a pretty addition to holiday trays. But their pleasant taste makes them appropriate any time of year."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES:32 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 drops green food coloring, optional
  • 3/4 cup halved maraschino cherries
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. In a large bowl, combine cake and pudding mixes. Combine the eggs, sour cream, oil, water and food coloring if desired; add to dry ingredients. Beat until blended (batter will be thick). Fold in cherries and pecans.
  2. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle 1 tablespoon over the bottom and up the sides of two greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans. Add batter; sprinkle with remaining cinnamon-sugar.
  3. Bake at 350° for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).
Originally published as Cherry Pistachio Bread in Quick Cooking September/October 2003, p49

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Reviewed Sep. 12, 2015

"This was very good! I made it as recipe instructed except I only put in 1/3 cup of chopped cherries. However this reminded me of the pistachio muffins you see in grocery store bakeries - I think I would try to make this recipe more like those by leaving out the cherries, substituting walnuts for pecans, and adding a drop or two or almond extract. I think this recipe would be just right for those muffins."

Reviewed Dec. 10, 2013

"My favorite bread recipe, very easy and delish! Many requests!"

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