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Easy Cherry Bread Recipe

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

Course Breads
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 378 kcal
Author Lizzy T

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or almond extract)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 jars maraschino cherries* (10 ounces each)

Glaze:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/3 cup maraschino cherry juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar, milk, oil, egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined.

  3. 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.
  4. Pour the bread batter into a greased 9"x5" bread pan. Bake at 350 degrees 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.
  5. To make the glaze, combine the powdered sugar, melted butter, cherry juice and almond extract in a small bowl. Mix until it is smooth.
  6. Once the bread is cool, spread the glaze on top of the bread. Slice and serve. Freezes well!

Recipe 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 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 Facts
Easy Cherry Bread Recipe
Amount Per Serving (155 g)
Calories 378 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 92mg 4%
Potassium 130mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 59g 20%
Sugars 39g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 2.3%
Calcium 5.5%
Iron 7.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.