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Anything Fruit Bread

What kind of fruit is sitting on your counter waiting to be eaten? Is it brown bananas, slightly mushy cherries, overripe strawberries? Save it from the garbage-can by making it into a fruit bread that is healthy and tasty.

1 cup all-purpose flour

Black Cherry Bread
Black Cherry Bread

1 cup whole wheat flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

½ cup granulated sugar

½ cup brown sugar, packed (save calories and substitute 1/4 cup of brown sugar Splenda)

½ tsp vanilla extract

½ tsp cinnamon and ginger

Pinch of cloves

2 eggs

2 tbs sour cream

Zest of one lemon

Flavor Variations:

1 cup fresh or frozen black cherries, pitted and quartered
1 cup (about 2) mashed ripe bananas
1 cup fresh or frozen hulled and chopped strawberries
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries chopped (change lemon zest for orange zest)

Add any or all of the below (max 1 cup of extras)

½ cup diced pecans
½ cup raisins
½ cup chocolate chips
½ cup dried Cranberries

Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray or grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream the butter, sugar, and vanilla extract until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in the flour, sour cream, spices, and lemon zest.

By hand mix in the fruit and extras, be gentle!! Pour into the loaf pan and bake in the center of the oven for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

You can use a thick plastic straw to pit the cherries, just pull off stem and use the straw to pop the pit out the other side. The ones from Panara or Starbucks will work great.
Freeze over-ripe fruit until you have enough to make a batch of bread, but if you freeze bananas be sure to peel them first.