Cherry Almond Bread with Cherry Glaze

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This easy quick bread is chock-full of maraschino cherries and almond flavor, and drenched in an unbelievable maraschino cherry-almond glaze! A perfect treat for Valentine’s Day!

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So when the idea for Cherry Almond Fudge fell through, and we got this 5-Minute Strawberry Shortcake Fudge instead, I decided to channel my cherry-almond idea into another recipe.

This is something I’ve wanted to make for a long time, and it’s been an idea I’ve had for a while, but I waited until Valentine’s Day because something about cherry and almond feels like Valentine’s Day to me.

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Maybe it’s because it’s pink food. My kitchen was an explosion of pink for basically all of January. I would look around every day at the desserts on the counter, and everything was PINK. It wasn’t intentional, it just worked out that way.

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Is it a requirement that a Valentine’s Day dessert have some pink in it?

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Well, as it turns out, Cherry Almond Bread has been done before. I mean, of course! Because it’s a great idea. I always try to brainstorm new and innovative ideas, but sometimes somebody else had the same idea already, and it’s usually because it’s a good one. So at least there’s some validation in that!

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I’m not reinventing the wheel a whole lot here, but this bread is HEAVENLY. Cherry and Almond were MADE to go together – like Amaretto.

With two entire bottles of diced maraschino cherries in the batter, and a seriously bold and intensely-flavored maraschino cherry glaze smothering the whole bread, this sweet bread is as decadent as cake. Slivered almonds and almond extract give it loads of flavor in the nut department too.

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It doesn’t require a lot of ingredients, and you can whip this up without a mixer! It’s a super simple quick bread recipe, but it’s pretty in pink, sweet, and indulgent!

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4.0 from 3 reviews
Cherry Almond Bread with Cherry Glaze
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Recipe type: Bread
Serves: 10 servings
For Cherry Almond Bread:
  • 2 - 10 oz. jars maraschino cherries
  • ¾ c. sugar
  • ½ c. whole milk
  • ½ c. vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1½ tsp. almond extract
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
For Cherry Glaze:
  • 3 c. powdered sugar
  • 4 tbsp. butter, melted
  • ½ c. maraschino cherry juice
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
For bread:
  1. Drain the maraschino cherries very well, reserving the juice. Finely chop the cherries.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the sugar, milk, oil, egg, and almond extract.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the flour and baking powder.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and stir until just combined.
  5. Fold in the chopped cherries.
  6. Pour the batter into a well-greased 9x5-inch loaf pan.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes, or until edges are golden brown, and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  8. Cool for 20 minutes, before removing bread to a wire rack to cool completely.
For glaze:
  1. In a medium bowl, combine powdered sugar, butter, maraschino cherry juice, and almond extract, whisking until smooth.
  2. Once the bread is cool, drizzle with glaze. Slice and serve!

Adapted from Tastes of Lizzy T.


  1. says

    Oh, that sounds so wonderful! I wonder if it works well with strawberries too…

    If you can, I would love for you to share this post over at the Really Crafty link party that is live right now!

  2. says

    This looks SO VERY delicious!!! We love cherry flavored things, and when you add in almond it just makes it even better!! We will be giving this a try for sure!! Pinning, tweeting, stumbling, and sharing on Google+.

  3. says

    Oh Sarah,
    This looks divine, and I will definitely be trying it.
    Perfect for Valentines day or a lil girls birthday maybe,
    or a ladies luncheon,,,,,,,,,wouldn’t mind a piece right now!! lol

    Blessings, Nellie

  4. says

    I love cherries and almonds together and this is really pretty in pink! And no cherry trees sacrificed, I assume! Perfect for President’s day!

    Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Throwback Thursday!


  5. says

    This really looks delicious! Can’t wait to try your recipe! Pinned and fb shared! Thank you for linking up and sharing with us this week for Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  6. says

    Cherry and Almond anything is a favorite in my book. Thanks for sharing on Creative K. Kids Tasty Tuesdays. I hope you will party with us again next week.

  7. says

    Oh. My. Word. You SO had me at “cherry” and “almond.” When I leave the land of chocolate, I love to go to the land of cherry + almond. Yum. My family is leaving me for Spring Break, and I just might make a loaf of this and eat the whole thing BY MYSELF. Glad I found you at Think Tank Thursday!

  8. says

    Ohhhhhhh this looks amazing! My husband’s favorite cake is cherry with cherry frosting like his grandma used to make, and I think this might give that a run for its money. I can’t wait to try!

  9. says

    I used frozen fresh cherries and added one quarter cup more of sugar. I also put in cinnamon as we love a coffee bread with cinnamon aroma and with cherries, awesome. I baked in a tube pan for 45 min and glazed with warmed white icing with a bit of cherry juice!! An absolute hit for us♡

    • says

      I’m so glad to know that frozen cherries worked well too – thanks for the tip! I love the idea of cinnamon added to this too, maybe in the fall when I like warm spices in EVERYTHING. So glad you liked it! :)

  10. Diana Johnson says

    I just made this bread with the last of the 4th of July marachino cherries from ice cream sodas. Next time I will add 1/2 tsp of salt to perk up the flavor a bit.

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