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Maraschino Cherry Almond Bread

Pretty bits of maraschino cherries peek out of every piece of this bread, turning its moist interior bright pink. The recipe, from a special friend, makes such a lovely loaf. Smooth on some almond butter and enjoy it morning, noon and night.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 loaf (12 slices, 1/2 cup almond butter)


  • 1 jar (10 ounces) maraschino cherries
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon slivered almonds, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract


  • Drain cherries, reserving juice; add enough water to juice to measure 1/2 cup. Cut cherries into quarters; blot dry and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with reserved juice. Fold in cherries and almonds.
  • Pour into a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, combine the almond butter ingredients. Serve with bread.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 331 calories, 19g fat (10g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 297mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • coppertop67
    Sep 28, 2020

    I used 16 oz of cherries and then 1 tsp of cherry extract instead of vanilla. I also didn't reserve any cherry juice and it still worked fine. I also skipped the almonds.

  • clapperkidzmom
    Aug 28, 2012

    I have made this recipe at least 10 times and each time have been asked for the recipe! The only things I did differently were to use almond extract instead of vanilla, and omit the almonds completely (we have a nut allergy in the house). It has turned out WONDERFUL every time. The last time I made it, I made muffins with a cream cheese center and streussal topping! DELECTABLE!

  • couponlady1250
    Jun 15, 2011

    If you omit the Almond and use walnut, and put in a 1/4 cup of sunflower oil and don't dry the maraschino cherries or cut them. Put them in whole and use the large jar of maraschino cherries, it's good. When you cut the bread the cherries are so much better.

  • jennylind
    Dec 24, 2010

    I also followed this recipe exactly and agree with the other review that it is awful!! My bread didnt burn or stick to the pan but it was extremely dry and tasteless and I threw it away. Very disappointing especially since it was a "Contest Winner".

  • grensrud
    Aug 9, 2010

    Mabye I did something wrong, but this was just awful...all around. The outside of the bread was burnt by the time the inside was cooked, and the bread was dry, and crumbly. Stuck to the pan horribly (even with a generous coating of nonstick baking spray). The only thing I can think of is that the cherry juice measured exactly 1/2 cup so I did not add any water. Either way, definitely will not be making again. I even let the bread sit overnight and it was worse the next day. Was disappointed, looked so pretty in the picture!

  • Isolda
    Feb 7, 2010

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