Ring In The New Year With Tasty, Easy Cherry Bread

Serve up your Cherry Bread on an Epicurean Cutting Board! Learn more at Lehmans.com or at Lehman's in Kidron, Ohio.

Serve up your Cherry Bread on an Epicurean Cutting Board! Learn more at Lehmans.com or at Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio.

One of my favorite “must haves” for the holiday season is Cherry Bread.  This has been on my family table since I first remember having special foods for the holidays.  The bread is much like a banana bread–a super easy quick bread, but with a punch.

Instead of bananas (of course), you use maraschino cherries and cherry juice.  The color is a beautiful pink with the red cherries peeping through.  You can use walnut if you like the crunchiness in the bread.  I, personally, do not; since I started making the bread, I have not put the walnuts in.  My daughters don’t miss them as they have had my recipe since they were little.  My husband prefers the walnuts but since I haven’t put them in “forever,” I think he’s forgotten they “should” be in the bread!

Breads bake up evenly and brown beautifully in Lehman's enamelware loaf pan. Available now at Lehmans.com or Lehman's in Kidron, Ohio.

Breads bake up evenly and brown beautifully in Lehman’s enamelware loaf pan. Available now at Lehmans.com or Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio.

My bread has become a tradition for gifts.  Many people expect a loaf of Cherry Bread in their gift boxes.  I even have a friend who lives in Oregon who talks about my bread often.  I think I should probably send her a loaf this winter, if it stays cold enough!

Excuse me …. I have to go cut myself a slice of bread, as talking about it makes me hungry for it.  My favorite way is a nice slice with butter on it.  You eat it anyway you like and enjoy the New Year with a great new recipe!

Cherry Nut Bread

Ingredients:
½ cup shortening or butter
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 small bottle of maraschino cherries, chopped
½ cup of cherry juice
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup walnuts, chopped

Instructions:
Mix shortening (butter), eggs and sugar.  Add cherry juice and mix.  Add flour and dry ingredients and mix.  Add vanilla.  Mix all well.  Add chopped cherries and walnuts, mix lightly.  Bake in bread or loaf pan at 350° for 45-50 minutes.  Check with toothpick to see if done.

mini loaf pansThis can be made in a bread loaf pan or in 4 mini-loaf pans.  If you do like I do and buy a large jar of cherries, then use between ½ and 1 cup of chopped cherries instead of the “small bottle.”

About cpthegreat

Connie (aka Spinning Grandma) lives on Ash Lane Farm in southwest Minnesota. She is an expert on spinning, weaving and knitting and a former history interpreter.