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.
VERIFIED BY Taste of Home Test Kitchen
- 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 or margarine, melted
- 1 jar (8 ounces) green maraschino cherries, drained and cut up
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
- 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 flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In a small bowl, lightly beat eggs. Add milk, butter and cherry liquid; stir into dry ingredients just until combined. Fold in 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 bread tests done. Yield: 1 loaf.
Originally published as Cheery Cherry Loaf in Country Woman November/December 1993, p31