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Cherry Nut Bread

Chopped pecans and maraschino cherries perk up this pound cake-like bread. The pretty slices are rich and moist with a crisp golden crust. This is my husband's favorite bread. -Melissa Gentner, Tecumseh, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    4 loaves (16 slices each)


  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 jars (10 ounces each) maraschino cherries, drained and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk just until blended (batter will be thick).
  • In a small bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold into batter. Fold in cherries and pecans.
  • Transfer to four greased and floured 8x4-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and loaves are golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 148 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 108mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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  • hendia1
    May 15, 2018

    Bread was dry. Would not make again.

  • Celia
    Nov 13, 2017

    So delicious and because it makes 4 loaves it’s great to give as presents in decorative packaging with pretty ribbons!

  • goneabroad71
    Jul 7, 2010

    I love this quick bread! It's moist and pretty, and goes well with a cup of coffee in the morning.

  • BakerGirlRocks
    Jan 3, 2010

    My mom made these for christmas, she was tired of making her usual banana bread. This bread was wonderful! Loved the cherry flavor. I logged on to get the recipe myself, so I can make more!

  • LouannPearson
    Dec 24, 2009

    These make wonderful Christmas gifts!Every one loves them!

  • karen fine
    Nov 5, 2007

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  • Qolady
    Feb 17, 2006

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