Recipe – Noel Quick Bread

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Noel Quick Bread is a pound cake style bread which is a perfect dessert for the holiday season. This less dense than traditional fruit cake with a festive look fit for Christmas. Adding fruit to holiday desserts is a tradition that dates back hundreds of years, but the sweetness of this Noel Quick Bread is lighter and palatable for modern taste buds.

Prep Time

  • 20 minutes

Cooking Time

  • 60 minutes

Servings Size

  • approximately 8

Required Equipment

  • Large bowl
  • Medium bowl
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Electric mixer
  • Mixing spatula
  • Knife
  • Paper towels
  • Toothpick
  • 9 x 5 inch (23 x 13 cm) loaf pan
  • Wire cooling rack

Ingredients

  • One 6 oz (170 g) jar of maraschino cherries (red)
  • One 6 oz (170 g) jar of maraschino cherries (green)
  • 1/2 cup (1 1/8 dl) softened butter
  • 1 1/3 cups (3 1/8 dl) sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 1/2 dl) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup (1 1/8 dl) sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar for plating

Preparation Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (160 degrees C).
  • Drain cherries and chop finely, absorbing any excess moisture with paper towels, and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat butter on medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.
  • Gradually add sugar to the butter, beating until fluffy.
  • Add eggs one at a time to the butter and lightly beat until just combined.
  • Mix the flour, salt, and baking soda together in a medium bowl.
  • Stir chopped cherries into the flour mixture.
  • Beating at low speed, add part of the flour mix to the butter.
  • When the flour is incorporated, add the sour cream, continuing to beat at a low speed.
  • Add the rest of the flour mixture and beat until thoroughly combined.
  • Stir the vanilla in with a mixing spatula.
  • Grease and flour a 9 x 5 inch (23 x 13 cm) loaf pan and pour in the batter.
  • Bake for about 60 minutes. The cake is fully baked when a toothpick stuck in the middle of the loaf comes out clean.
  • Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, remove the loaf, and finish cooling on a wire cooling rack.

Plating

  • Sprinkle on a dusting of powdered sugar, reminiscent of snow, and garnish with a few maraschino cherries or fresh cranberries.

Cook’s Notes

  • An additional option for this recipe would be to sprinkle the top of the cake before placing in the oven to bake with about ¼ cup of walnuts or my personal favorite pecan nuts. Then, there’s no need to sprinkle the cake with powdered sugar.
  • Also, you can reduce the Marciano cherries to 4 ounces each and add 4 ounces of soaked golden raisins to add a little extra character.
  • As a last option, you can reduce the Marciano cherries to 3 ounces each and add nothing to make it look a little less like a fruitcake but still have some color in it.

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