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Grandma's Recipes One By One!

Cherry Bread

on November 10, 2014

This recipe comes from one of Grandma’s sisters, but it has Grandma’s name at the end of the recipe, so it must have originally come from her. Grandma and this sister were close – only two years apart and the same birthday. They lived close to each other (as did a lot of her siblings) and they even had daughters a year apart who would grow up to be very close, too, more like sisters than cousins (she’s my godmother!). They were great friends and they were even dressed alike (my mom is on the left in the first two, the right in the last two – with the light hair) all through their growing up years. Here’s the proof!

Charlene and mom

This is so darn cute!

mom and charlene matching

Love the haircuts!

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Little old ladies from the old country?!!

mom and charlene matching 3

This was from a wedding – even the same shoes!

Hmmm, I wonder if anyone ever thought they were twins?!! I think the dressing alike thing stopped about the time they became teenagers, but on the famous trip of a lifetime to Sweden and Norway, we have pictures of them in matching t-shirts!

Another thing Grandma and this sister (and all of the sisters) had in common was the fact that they were great cooks and bakers. The Cherry Bread recipe for today is another one of my new favorites. I would say this is on the order of pumpkin bread or banana bread, it’s that kind of bread.

A-Cherry Bread

A-Cherry Bread 2

This is another very easy, very good one!

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Cherry Bread

Mix together:

1/4 cup melted margarine (I used butter)

1 cup brown sugar

Add to:

1 egg, beaten

Mix dry ingredients together:

2 cups flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix liquid ingredients together:

3/4 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup maraschino cherry juice

Mix dry and wet ingredients alternately with original mixture.

Sir in:

1/2 cup maraschino cherries, chopped, and 1/2 cup nuts, chopped (I used walnuts for this), mixed with 2 Tablespoons flour.

Pour batter into bread pan greased and lined with parchment paper (I think this is a good idea since the cherries and juice may make it stick).

Bake at 350 degrees for an hour.

Remove from pan and cool.

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You can see the one obvious drawback here – the red fingers after chopping the cherries!

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You can see the bits of cherry in the batter.

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This bread is really moist and tasty.

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This would also make a great holiday or hostess gift.

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Yum. Cherries and nuts. This one is in my permanent file!

 

 

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