Chocolate Chip Banana Cherry Bread
Once you have drained the maraschino cherries and chopped them up, place them on a paper towel to soak up the rest of the juice.
This bread will serve around eight people if they all have a slice or it will feed fewer, if those eating it gobble up the whole thing!!
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- 1/2 c
- butter, softened
- 1 c
- granulated sugar
- 2 c
- all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp
- baking soda
- 1 1/2 c
- bananas, ripe and mashed
- 1/2 c
- maraschino cherries, drained and chopped
- 1/2-3/4 c
- chocolate chips
- 1/4 c
- walnuts, chopped
1Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2In the bowl of your stand mixer using the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar.
3Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
4In a large bowl, sift the flour and soda.
5Add the flour/soda to the creamed mixture, alternating with the mashed bananas. Add the mixture slowly so flour doesn't fly all over the place.
6Add the cherries, chocolate chips and walnuts (optional on the nuts).
7Grease and flour a loaf pan. (You will need at least 2 regular-sized loaf pans or more if you are using minis.)
8Fill each loaf pan about three-quarters full.
9Bake for one hour. If you have a hot oven, check the bread at about 75% of the way through. Insert a knife into the middle of the bread. If it comes out clean, the bread is done.
10Optionally, you may frost the bread with a powdered sugar glaze, but I find the glaze makes the bread too sweet. If you do decide to glaze it, melt a little butter and add it to some powdered sugar and vanilla to make a thin consistency. Frost the bread while it's still warm.