Old-fashioned Cherry Bread

18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Wednesday, July 2, 1913:  It’s most too hot to do anything important so I need to write about the weather. Oh yes, I recollect, I did pick some cherries this afternoon for one thing.

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Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Mmm—cherries! What were Grandma’s favorite cherry foods? . . .maybe she made old-fashioned cherry bread.  (This recipe is a favorite of one of my sons—and he always wants me to make it when he visits. Either sweet or sour cherries may be used.)

Old-Fashioned Cherry Bread

Bread

2/3 cup shortening

1 1/4 cup sugar

4 eggs

4 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 cups milk

2 teaspoons almond extract

1 cup pitted fresh cherries (or 1 pound can cherries), drained (reserve juice)

Glaze (optional)

1 tablespoon butter, melted

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoon almond extract

approximately 2 tablespoons reserved cherry juice

Bread:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 9 X 5 X 3 inch loaf pans or three 8 1/2 X 4 1/2 X 2 1/2 inch loaf pans.* **   Beat together shortening and sugar; add eggs and beat. Add flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, milk, and almond extract, and beat until mixed. Finely chop cherries and gently fold into batter. Pour batter into prepared pans. Pour into pans. Bake full size loaf pans 1 to 1 1/4 hours or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. (Smaller pans will take less time.) Partially cool and then remove from pans.

Glaze:  Beat together until smooth: butter, confectioners’ sugar, almond extract, and cherry juice. Use more or less cherry juice to get desired consistency. Spread over loaves. Let the glaze drip down the sides.

*I usually use one 9 X 5 X 3 inch loaf pan and three “personal” loaf pans (approximately 5 1/2 X 3 X 2 inches).

**If planning to remove bread from the pans, cut a piece of wax paper to fit the bottom of each pan. Grease pan, then put wax paper into pan. Grease wax paper, and then flour pan.

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Previous posts with cherry recipes that you may enjoy include:

Old-fashioned Cherry Pudding

Old-fashioned Cherry Pie

13 Responses

  1. Now that’s a cherry recipe I haven’t tried. Looks good.

  2. Mmm….sounds good!

  3. Thank you. I used to make this years ago when my kids were babies and I have forgotten all about it.

  4. I love cherries, and cherry bread sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  5. Yum! That recipe sounds and looks amazing!

  6. Mmm! This must have been one of those days when it stayed hot well into the evening, since she is remembering the afternoon, and it is still “too hot”.

  7. Yumz, looks so delicious Sheryl!

  8. I love the taste of almonds and this bread really looks wonderful. I have already saved the recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Yum… it’s in my recipe already… titled “Sheryl’s Old Fashioned Cherry- Bread”. Many thanks!
    Incidentally, Cherries = Christmas for me, over here in South Australia, and I love them :-)

  10. I’ve been picking tart cherries all week from the tree in our yard, and was looking for a cherry bread recipe! So thank you for sending this one to my inbox! I read your posts every day, but usually do not comment because I’m reading on-the-go from my iPhone. Really enjoy your blog! Thanks for sharing!

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