Maraschino cherries, bananas and macadamianuts are a perfect trio in this holiday quick bread.
Recipe: Christmas Bread
1 (10-ounce) jar maraschino cherries 1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened 2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar 2 large eggs1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup mashed ripe bananas 1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts or walnuts
Drain maraschino cherries, reserving 2tablespoons juice. Coarsely chop cherries; set aside.
Put butter, brown sugar, eggs and reservedcherry juice in a large mixing bowl. Mix with an electric mixeron medium speed 3 to 4 minutes, or until well mixed.
Combine flour, baking powder and salt;add to butter mixture alternately with mashed bananas, beginningand ending with flour mixture. Stir in cherries and nuts.
Lightly spray a 9 x 5 x 3-inch bakingpan with non-stick cooking spray. Spread batter evenly in pan.
Bake in a preheated 350°F (175°C)oven 1 hour, or until golden brown and wooden pick inserted nearcenter comes out clean. Remove from pan; let cool on wire rack.Wrap in plastic wrap or store in a tightly covered container
Makes 1 loaf, about 16 slices.
Recipe provided courtesy of the CherryMarketing Institute.
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