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Cherry Loaf

I found this recipe in the Mennonite Treasury of Recipes. I baked this pretty pink loaf for special occasions. Over time I have slightly changed up this recipe from the original.
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherries, drained and chopped
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 2 cups flour, divided
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherry juice
  • 1/2 cup milk
  1. Drain cherries, chop and put in a small bowl. Chop walnuts and add to the cherries. Stir in 1/2 cup of flour to coat the cherries and walnuts. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl combine the rest of the dry ingredients and set aside. 
  3. In a medium sized bowl whisk together egg, sugar, butter, and almond extract.
  4. Gently stir in the dry ingredients alternately with cherry juice and milk.
  5. Pour into a greased 9" by 5" loaf pan.
  6. Bake in a 350ยบ oven for 1 hour.
  7. Cool in pan for 5 minutes before turning loaf out on cooling rack.
  8. Let cool completely and slice. Serve plain or with butter and fresh cheese.


  1. It is very pretty and I'm sure it's good but I would have to replace the maraschino cherries. When I was a little girl I loved them and got a hold of whole jar and ate them all...juice included. I got so sick and to this day I cannot stand them. LOL! But that' s just is tempting though.

  2. It looks wonderful! I don't have a problem with maraschino cherries at all. I can't wait to give this a try...thanks so much!

  3. That looks so pretty and tasty. I am going to have to try this recipe later in the fall when it's cool enough to bake.

  4. Christmas in July! I remember this loaf was arranged on sweet platters during Christmas. The slices were cut into fingers and never lasted long :)

    Blessings to All,
    Anna (Toronto)

  5. Going to have to print this one and try it. Sounds yummy!


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