"My mom made this delicious bread for special occasions," recalls Pat Habiger of Spearville, Kansas. Full of sweet cherries and nuts, the taste and appearance of this golden loaf make it ideal for autumn gatherings.
1 jar (10 ounces) maraschino cherries, drained and chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Stir in pecans, cherries and vanilla.
Pour into a greased and floured 8x4-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 65-75 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.