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Cherry Bread
1 10 ounce jar maraschino cherries
1/3 c butter, softened
2/3 c firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 3/4 c all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 c mashed ripe bananas
1/2 c chopped macadamia nuts or walnuts

Drain maraschino cherries, reserving 2 tablespoons juice. Coarsely chop cherries; set aside. Combine butter, brown sugar, eggs and reserved cherry juice in a large mixing bowl. Mix on medium speed with an electric mixer until ingredients are thoroughly combined. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; mix well. Add flour mixture and mashed bananas alternately, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Stir in drained cherries and nuts. Lightly spray a 9x5x3 inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Spread batter evenly in pan. Bake in a preheated 350F 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.
Recipe featured in Bread Daily on 10/24/01.