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Pecan Cherry Bread

"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.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 65 min.
  • Makes
    1 loaf


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 233 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 43mg cholesterol, 235mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • dntsforu
    Dec 20, 2011

    I have been making this bread since the early 80's...for every holiday and just because...i make a powdered sugar glaze to drizzle on top..also great as muffins or bars!!!

  • pegjanor1
    Jan 2, 2011

    I make this every Christmas, but I substitute 1 cup sour cream for the buttermilk. Everyone loves and asks for recipe.