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Maraschino Cherry Almond Bread

Pretty bits of maraschino cherries peek out of every piece of this bread, turning its moist interior bright pink. The recipe, from a special friend, makes such a lovely loaf. Smooth on some almond butter and enjoy it morning, noon and night.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 loaf (12 slices, 1/2 cup almond butter)

Ingredients

  • 1 jar (10 ounces) maraschino cherries
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • ALMOND BUTTER:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon slivered almonds, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Directions

  • Drain cherries, reserving juice; add enough water to juice to measure 1/2 cup. Cut cherries into quarters; blot dry and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with reserved juice. Fold in cherries and almonds.
  • Pour into a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, combine the almond butter ingredients. Serve with bread.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 331 calories, 19g fat (10g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 297mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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