Cherry Bread

A simple quick bread with maraschino cherries in every bite. Don’t forget the almond cherry glaze on top this simple cherry bread.

Can you tell I’ve been in a “pinkish” mood lately?  I bet you can’t tell, with the bright pink cherry bread staring at your here. 😍 Just this month we’ve posted cupcakes and cookies that are very….well….pink!  

I remember when Kinslee was just starting to read on her own, we got the Pinkalicious books from the library.  Have you seen them? They’re super cute. They’re so fabulous for little girls who want to be a princess.

slices of cherry bread on a plate

Maraschino Cherry Bread Recipe

So when this pinkalicious cherry bread popped into my mind, I knew I needed to make it now.  Yes, it would have been great at Christmas time, since maraschino cherries pop up all over the place at the holiday season.  And it would have been so fitting for a Valentine’s Day treat, being so pink-y.  But I decided to stick with our pink theme this past month and share this with you now. No waiting necessary!

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Quick Bread Recipe

This quick bread is your traditional quick bread recipe.  Sugar, milk, oil, egg, almond extract, flour, salt and baking soda and powder. I wanted every bite to be loaded with cherries, so I used two jars of maraschino cherries (for a total of 20 ounces).

Drain the juice, but reserve about ⅓ cup of the juice for the glaze. Chop the cherries either in a small food processor or with a knife. We used our Ninja Express Chop for this. It worked like a charm and took about a total of 3 seconds. Gently fold these cherries into the batter and bake the bread in a 9×5 loaf pan for 50-55 minutes.

Baking Tip

As with any quick bread or muffin, it’s important not to overmix the batter. It’s OK if there are still lumps or a tad bit of flour in the batter. It will all bake together so perfectly in the end.

Cherry Glaze

The glaze on top of the bread is a mix of powdered sugar, melted butter, the cherry juice you reserved from the maraschino cherries and some almond extract.  The bread is good without the glaze, but the almond cherry glaze makes it over-the-top amazing!

pink maraschino cherry bread on a plate

My family each tested a small slice of this bread, then we put the rest in the freezer for a later treat.  I’ll have to say that I ate a slice or two while it was frozen and I think I liked the bread frozen more than fresh from the oven for some reason. That makes it a deliciously cool treat for spring and summer!

If you love cherries, try our cherry hot chocolate, cookies, cherry almond cake and Amish cherry rolls.

closeup of the inside of cherry bread
closeup of the inside of cherry bread

Easy Cherry Bread Recipe

4.53 from 40 votes
A simple quick bread with maraschino cherries in every bite. Don’t forget the almond cherry glaze on top!
Servings 10 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar 150 grams
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil (or vegetable or melted coconut oil)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract* (or vanilla extract)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 260 grams
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 jars maraschino cherries** (10 ounces each)

Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Spray a 9"x5" loaf pan with cooking spray, or grease with shortening, then dust with flour.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar, milk, oil, egg and almond extract.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined.
  • Drain the maraschino cherries, reserving the juice for the glaze. Coarsely chop the cherries in a food processor or with a knife. Gently fold the cherries into the batter.
  • Pour the bread batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 50-55 minutes***. A toothpick inserted in the center of the bread should come out clean. Allow the bread to cool for 10 minutes, then remove the bread to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • To make the glaze, combine the powdered sugar, melted butter, cherry juice and almond extract in a small bowl. Whisk until it is smooth.
  • Once the bread is cool, spread the glaze on top of the bread. If you spread the glaze on while the bread is still warm, it will melt and run off.
  • Slice and serve. Store any leftovers at room temperature in an airtight container. The bread freezes well, too.

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Notes

*I often add an extra teaspoon of vanilla or almond extract to the bread batter (along with the wet ingredients) for an extra boost of flavor. I do this especially if I’m not putting the glaze on top. The bread has the most flavor when you add the cherry glaze!
**Many maraschino cherry brands come without red dye in the cherries. If you pick up a jar like this, your bread will not be pink. If you want pink bread, be sure that the cherries you use actually have red coloring in it. You can always add additional red coloring if you want the bread to have more of a pink flavor.
***The exact baking time will depend on the exact type of pan you use. If it is smaller, it will take longer to bake. I have used a metal pan that is just slightly smaller (8.5″x4.5″) and it takes about 60-65 minutes to bake. Glass/Ceramic/Stone pans will all bake different. The bread is done when the inside of the bread is about 200ºF.
**The calories shown are based on the bread being cut into 10 pieces (and all of the frosting used), with 1 serving being 1 slice of bread. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate.

Nutrition

Serving: 155g | Calories: 378kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 92mg | Potassium: 130mg | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1.3mg
Course Breads
Cuisine American
Calories 378
Keyword bread, breakfast, cherry, dessert

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W.M.
2 years ago

3 stars
Maybe I was expecting something different, but this is just “OK”. It has a light flavor and the only thing that really says “cherry” is the pieces that were added. The glaze tastes like powdered sugar, even with extra cherry juice added in. This is a nice recipe, there’s nothing that makes me say “yuck”, but at the same time there’s nothing that makes me want to make this again.

JannaC
2 years ago

5 stars
We LOVED this bread! It was so incredible and would highly recommend it. Although I only had a few slices left after my teen boys gobbled most of it, I popped the rest in the freezer. And have to agree that eating it a few minutes out of the freezer is the best!

Blake Parker
1 year ago

WONDERFUL! I followed the recipe exactly except I gradually added in the cherry juice until it was a consistency I was happy with because I read a couple people had trouble with theirs being too liquid. I did find that about 1/3 was perfect though! I had no trouble with it baking all the way through in 50 minutes! Also, it’s only been a day since I made it, but it’s been in the fridge over night and it is still SO good out of the fridge, I think I ever prefer it cold. Thanks so much, a wonderful Valentine’s… Read more »

Betsy M.
1 year ago

4 stars
I made this last night and while it is too sweet for me, my husband was quite in love with it. The recipe is SUPER easy, I have to say, and very pretty! I cut back on the glaze topping by half because 1 cup of glaze is PLENTY. I will definitely make this again, probably for when we have company some post-covid day.

Carlene Dacres
1 year ago

5 stars
I made this for friends (didn’t use as many cherries as you did though) and they loved it! Thanks for sharing! Going to try the Shirley Temple cake next!!

Emmy
1 year ago

I’m going to try to make this in a small bundt pan today! Hope this works out it’s so pretty

Kelli
5 months ago

Can I make this in a large Bundt pan? If so, will this change the temperature or baking time?

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