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Fresh Cherry Quick Bread


Using fresh cherries (or plums), this simple bread is quick to put together — and totally delicious.

At a glance

one 9" x 5" loaf


Choose your measure:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander or ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 cup fresh cherries, pitted; or diced fresh plums


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9" x 5" loaf pan.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar together, then beat in the eggs and extract.
  3. Sift the dry ingredients together and add to the wet ingredients. Stir in the cherries. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake the bread for 45 to 55 minutes. Insert a skewer or cake tester into the center; it will come out clean when the bread is done.
  5. Cool the loaf for 10 minutes in the pan, then turn it out on a rack to fully cool. Wrap in plastic until ready to serve; store it overnight for best flavor.
  6. Store at room temperature for up to 5 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.