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Christmas Bread recipe

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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