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Cherry Banana Bread

Cherry Banana BreadA festive banana bread laced with bright red flecks of maraschino cherries. A wonderful bread for the holidays to serve your house guests, or to give as gifts.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 1/3 cups maraschino cherries (a 10-ounce jar)
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
2/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
2 large eggs
1 cup mashed ripe bananas
1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts or walnuts

Cooking Directions:

  1. Drain maraschino cherries, reserving 2 tablespoons juice. Cut cherries into quarters; set aside. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  2. Combine butter, brown sugar, eggs and reserved cherry juice in a large mixing bowl. Mix on medium speed with an electric mixer until ingredients are thoroughly combined. Add flour mixture and mashed bananas alternately, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Stir in drained cherries and nuts. Lightly spray a 9 x 5 x 3-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Spread batter evenly in pan.
  3. Bake in a preheated 350°F (175°C) oven 1 hour, or until golden brown and wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean. Remove from pan; let cool on wire rack. Store in a tightly covered container.

Makes 1 loaf, about 16 slices.

Recipe and photograph are provided courtesy of the Cherry Marketing Institute.