Cherry Banana Bread

Cherry Banana Bread

Maraschino cherries, bananas and macadamia nuts are a perfect trio in this quick bread.

  • 1(10-ounce) jar maraschino cherries
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-3/4 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 2 tablespoons juice. Coarsely chop cherries; set aside.

Put butter, brown sugar, eggs and reserved cherry juice in a large mixing bowl. Mix on medium speed with an electric mixer 3 to 4 minutes, or until well mixed. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with mashed bananas, beginning and ending with flour mixture.

Stir in cherries and nuts. Lightly spray a 9x5x3-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Spread batter evenly in pan.

Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven 1 hour, or until golden brown and wooden pick inserted near center 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.

Thanks to the Cherry Marketing Institute for this recipe.

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