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Maraschino Cherry Mini Loaves

I've been making these breads as Christmas gifts for my neighbors for more than 20 years. Each moist slice is dotted with cherries, chocolate and nuts.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    3 mini loaves (6 slices each)

Ingredients

  • 1 jar (10 ounces) maraschino cherries
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates

Directions

  • Drain cherries, reserving 1/4 cup juice; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk eggs and reserved juice; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in the walnuts, chocolate chips, dates and cherries.
  • Spoon into three greased 5-3/4x3x2-in. loaf pans. Bake at 325° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to a wire rack to cool completely. Wrap and store for 24 hours before serving.

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