Your kids will love this easy, green, Grinch Cherry Bread! With candied green cherries, maraschino cherry "hearts" and a powdered sugar frosting, this will look so festive on your holiday dessert table.
In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar, milk, oil, egg, vanilla and food coloring. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined.
Coarsely chop the green cherries in a food processor or with a knife. Gently fold the cherries into the batter.
Pour the bread batter into a well greased 9"x5" bread pan.
Push the drained and dried maraschino cherries into the batter in a line about 1.5" from the left side of the pan. Use a knife to spread the batter over the cherries.
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.
To make the glaze, combine the powdered sugar, melted butter, cream, almond extract and food color in a small bowl. Mix until it is smooth.
Once the bread is cool, spread the glaze on top of the bread. Sprinkle with red candy hearts or red sprinkles. Slice and serve. Freezes well!
*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 glaze!*Many maraschino cherry brands come without red dye in the cherries. If you pick up a jar like this, your hearts will not be red. If you want red hearts, be sure that the cherries you use actually have red coloring in it.**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.