Bourbon Banana Cherry Bread

What’s happening in our country

It feels odd sharing recipes without acknowledging what is going on right now in our country. On Saturday, August 12th, a large group of Neo-Nazis descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, rallying against the removal of a statue of the Confederate general Robert E. Lee. People protested the rally, and in just a matter of hours, a speeding car driven by a white supremacist rammed into protesters, killing one and injuring 19. 

In college, I majored in Anthropology, so I tend to look at things through an evolutionary lens. Throughout history, animals have segregated themselves into groups — family groups, clans, and communities. I was taught that this segregation is an evolutionary advantage. That defining “us” and “them” helps to sort out what is more likely safe from what is foreign and unknown.

But in so many ways as a human species, we have long since evolved from our animal instincts. Our dimorphism between the sexes suggests we should not be a monogamous species. And yet collectively, we are. To my knowledge, anthropologists have yet to find a biological reason for true altruism. And yet collectively, we give money to the homeless and say a friendly “hello” to strangers on the street; we perform altruistic acts to people we barely know. We are a species that relies heavily on a moral code separate from our animal instincts.

sliced loaf of Bourbon Banana Cherry Bread

It’s hard for me to justify, then, why this complex species has not come to accept the “them.” These other humans, just with a different skin tone. The only reason I can come up with is that we have not yet reached the moral imperative that we are all people.

We are all people.

Not even that we are all people deserving of respect. Just that we are all people. In the last four days I’ve watched, read, and listened to updates on Charlottesville. Phrases I’ve heard:

Parasitic class of anti-white vermin
Anti-white, anti-American filth
Little black assholes behaving like savages
Stupid animals

It’s disgraceful. We’ve figured out the theories of gravity, relativity, and quantum mechanics. We’ve sent humans to the moon and robots to Mars. We’ve developed vaccines that have eradicated some of the biggest causes of death in the history of mankind. We’ve constructed the Pyramids of Giza and have mapped the human genome. And yet we can’t all seem to accept that we are all people.

I have no conclusion to this, because there is no conclusion to this struggle. The future is currently a gigantic question mark that begs for the answer to “what is to come of us?”

I can only hope that love can conquer hatred. That these people who are so scared of the “them” can realize that, regardless of what side of the aisle you’re on, the color of your skin, or where you were born, we are all people. All deserving of love. Of acceptance. And of respect.

loaf of Bourbon Banana Cherry Bread

Tips for making banana cherry bread

After all of that, it feels strange to be writing tips for making cherry banana bread, but I do want you all to enjoy this recipe (and maybe share a slice with someone?). Some things to remember when making this bourbon banana bread are:

Soak the cherries overnight, if not longer — The bourbon soaked cherries should be allowed to rest overnight to seal in all that boozy flavor. But if you’re able, let them soak for 24 to 48 hours for serious flavor. Trust me, you’ll be happy you thought ahead when making this recipe.

Use overripe bananas — When making homemade banana bread, the riper the bananas, the better the bread. If your bananas aren’t ripe enough yet, you can bake them for a few minutes to speed up the process (just make sure to poke a few holes in the peels first to let the steam out).

Use whole milk — I specify whole milk in this recipe for a reason. Whole milk will make this banana cherry bread super moist and gives it a fabulous texture.

Bourbon Banana Cherry Bread loaf

How to freeze banana cherry bread for later

This cherry banana bread freezes really well. First, let it come to room temperature on your counter, and then seal it in a freezer-safe baggie or wrap it in several layers of plastic wrap and a final layer of aluminum foil. When you’re ready to eat this loaf, set it in your fridge 24 hours before you plan on enjoying it. Once it’s fully thawed, you can leave it out on your counter throughout the week.

Bourbon Banana Cherry Bread


Bourbon soaked Cherry Banana Bread



for the bourbon soaked cherries

  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • orange peel from 1/2 orange
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • pinch cinnamon
  • 2 cups cherries (pitted)

for the bread

  • 1¼ cups light brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • 3 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 banana, sliced in half for topping (optional)


to make the bourbon cherries

  1. In a medium sealable jar, mix together bourbon, water, sugar, orange peel, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Add in cherries. Seal and allow to soak at least overnight, but preferably for a full 24-48 hours.

to make the bread

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large loaf pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream brown sugar and butter. Add in bananas, eggs, milk, and vanilla.
  3. Whisk in flour, baking soda, and salt.
  4. In a separate bowl, drain the bourbon-soaked cherries and toss in 2 tablespoons of flour. Gently fold into batter.
  5. Pour into loaf pan and top with banana sliced in half, if using. Bake for roughly 1 hour, until a knife inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack before serving!

More banana bread recipes from Broma Bakery:

Lavender Banana Bread

Bourbon-Fig Swirled Brown Butter Banana Bread

Carrot Cake Banana Bread

Nutella Banana Bread

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread


Betsy burtis

Thank you for your comments. Beautifully said

Sarah | Broma Bakery

Thank you Betsy. Love forever!

Vincente Catalano

Thank you the heartfelt post. I haven’t a clue either, other than to say that despite our achievements as a human race we just haven’t evolved that much regarding how we behave in society. Maybe it will take many thousands of years to realize that hate has no place in our society.

Sarah | Broma Bakery

So true, Vincente. Couldn’t agree more. Hopefully it happens sooner than that.

jess larson | plays well with butter

i don’t have much to say other than thank you, for these words & for the acknowledgement of what’s been going on. xx

Sarah | Broma Bakery

So glad you appreciated the change of pace. I don’t want this to become a political place, but what happened the other day in Charlottesville weighed heavily on my heart. Thank you for your feedback!


I AGREE. It is shocking, and painfully sad, that this is the state of affairs in our country today.

Lauren | The ginger bread girl

I’m usually the type who skips over political-talk from my favorite bloggers…i come for the content, not opinions. but, this was really well written and totally sums it up. we’re all people. we’re all humans. everyone needs to remember that. at the end of the day, everyone just wants to get home safely to their loved ones.

also…this bread looks amazing. can’t wait to try it 🙂

Sarah | Broma Bakery

That’s exactly what I was aiming for– I don’t want to turn this into a political place. But to me, this isn’t political. It’s about respect and dignity for all human beings. So thank you, Lauren, for your feedback and your honesty!

Melissa P (Misplaced Southerner)

Thank you for the recipe.I was wondering if the banana is required. Is there an alternative for the banana? bananas and i do not play well together.

Sarah | Broma Bakery

Hi Melissa! You could try zucchini instead! It would be lovely. I would do 2 shredded zucchinis. Just be sure to squeeze out some of the excess moisture.

Camila bolivar

dEAR Sara. what you say not only speaks the truth – loud and clear – but resonates in so many other places -societal, economical, political, and personal-.i am from colombia, a country that has written in its every day silence and omission of its government and of a lot of people towards all kinds of injustices. i have also lived in the US, AND SEEN FROM UP CLOSE THE UPS AND DOWNS OF EVERYDAY LIFE IN AMERICA.I CAME BACK TO COLOMBIA WITH THE STRONG IDEA THAT ONE CAN LIVE IN A COUNTRY THAT ACTUALLY HAS A PLACE FOR EVERYBODY, NO MATTER WHAT. wATCHING FROM AFAR the spiral of uncertainty, of lies, of denying and going againts all the basic human values that is going on in the us… not only hurts, because I cherish it as my second home, but also teaches many things, in termns of standing up to hate, no matter what. Even though what you are going through is just flat out wrong… the voices speaking up are so loud, and so important, that I am also amazed and hopeful that you will overcome this. If the people elected to office won’t, all of you, peacefully, kindly, but strongly and steady, will. Never give up, don’t stay quiet, ’cause you, as an Antropologist know, better than most, the power of joint actions. my best regards from here and a big hug.

Sarah | Broma Bakery

Thank you SO much for your thoughtful words, Camila. “Peacefully, kindly, but strongly and steady,” I couldn’t have said it better. <3


such well-articulated comments and substantiated through evidence – thank you! I also am looking forward to the recipe 😉

Sarah | Broma Bakery

Thank you Christine! <3


Bourbon, bananas and cherries! Oh, my! And the human race- oh, my! What is to come of us? That is a very good question. What will come of us?

Sarah | Broma Bakery

I can only hope for the best. <3

Abby @ heart of a baker

amen amen sister. It’s hard to struggle with what’s going on, but loving each other and fighting for what’s right is so important. xoxo

Sarah | Broma Bakery

Love to you.

Stephanie J. Schiltz

Ugh! Yes it’s scary,isn’t it ? Such hatred, where does it all come from?I have grandchildren and I’d like to know that when I leave this world , they will have a peaceful and civilized world to live in. Things don’t look too rosy right now!

Sarah | Broma Bakery

I can only hope we recognize our pitfalls and are able to overcome them. Thank you for your words, Stephanie.


Your recipe sounds delicious, and I can’t wait to try it! Hate is the enemy of love, and love is the only thing that will cure the ills of our society. One thing you failed to mention, though, is that there were two sides of evil and hate present at this rally. one side did have a permit to be there, as much as I/we detest their message, they had the right to free speech. the other side violently tried to silence them. That in and of itself is wrong. what escalated into the death of an innocent bystander should be a reminder to us all that violence never wins.why don’t we try respecting others with different views, listening instead of swinging punches. there is no way violence escalates into love. respect and listening may, but violence…never. thank you.

Sarah | Broma Bakery

Thank you for your comments, Kellee. I totally hear you, and I appreciate your thoughtful feedback. Because I didn’t want to get too political in this post, I purposely didn’t get into the “they did this” and “they did this.” It is such a complicated issue, and there were rights and wrongs on both sides present at the rally. Instead, I tried to focus on the fact that we are all one human race, and that it is truly absurd to me that we are willing to rally against one another on issues such as this. You are completely right that violence is the true evil here.


My thoughts exactly! One added thought…..I am against the tearing down of statues that represent part of history. Where does all the destruction end? Are people going to tear down homes next? Will they tear down the White House because Washington owned slaves? The destruction of property is not going to change history, bad as it may be. I just wish it would all stop.


a delicious recipe for banana bread and a solution of love! WHAT MORE CAN YOU ASK FOR? lOOKING FORWARD TO MORE INSIGHT INTO HAPPENING HERE IN OUR COUNTRY.

carlos at Spoonabilities

I love the way you express the current situation of our country. You said it with class and very thoughtful. What I have seen in our nation is discouraging and thinking what else can I do, and I cannot find any idea. The environment is toxic right now.
Now…. I need to make this banana bread. I love the addition of the soaked cherry in bourbon. yummy!

Kati | black.white.vivid.



I love what you say, which recalls this quote from Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth strout:

“It interests me how we find ways to feel superior to another person, another group of people. It happens everywhere, and all the time. Whatever we call it, I think it’s the lowest part of who we are, this need to find someone else to put down.”


thank you for the thoughtful comments. it is a troubling and discouraging time, and i struggle to understand such hatred. i can only continue to treat everyone with respect and as i would like to be treated. The bread looks amazing. i am going to try it with zucchini like you suggested since i have a lot of that right now. again, thank you for sharing.


A lovely sentiment…would that it could be embraced by everyone!

elissa fuchs

We are experiencing,”Weimar America.” Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to cheer on Communists & Nazis punching each other in major American cities while civil society dissolves. Everyone treats these hatefilled groups as pariahs–except the major media who treats them like rock stars. Maybe I missed your posts about the Black nationalist-BLM who shot & killed 5 dallas cops who were protecting the Blm agitators. Obama defended a racist hate group whose role model is Assata shakur-a wanted black nationalist cop killer at the funerals for the fallen Dallas heros. Antifa,blm & the neo-Nazis are all united in their jew-hatred. Racism is a 2 way street and all racism is unacceptable. 8 yrs of Obama & Clinton promulgated racial division. The horros of Charlottesville never would have happened in New York. NYPD would never allow the groups to even see each other. The tragic events could have been stopped by the police chief & governor. We have a 1st amendment right tht protects hate speech. polite speech does not need protection. I believe in freedom,our declaration of independence and our bill of rights. All 3 of these docs make America the country everyone wants to live in. President trump strongly condemned every group. FYI-our president’s son-in-law is an orthodox jew,his daughter Ivanka converted to Judaism and is Shabbos observant,all his daughter-in-laws are jewish as are all his grand-children. You could never gain the respect & success in a city of over 1 million jews if you were anti-jewish.

elissa fuchs

I can only speak for myself-when I receive delicious recipes like yours my mind is focusing on things like the ingredients and your great photos. I am well informed about national and international events. As I’m writing this I see the report coming out that yet another Islamic-supremacist murdered 13 with his car & injured dozens of others in Barcelona. I would much rather keep the focus on food. I oppose all supremacists. We can’t wish them away. The holocaust taught us that never forget means speaking the truth armed with facts.


I APPRECIATE SARAH’S EFFORT TO COMMENT ON THE EVENTS IN CHARLOTTESVILLE WITHOUT TAKING AN OVERTLY POLITICAL STANCE, AND to point out that the hateful rhetoric we use creates a culture of self-perpetuating animosity. YET IN RESPONSE TO HER POST YOU leave A COMMENT THAT IS FILLED WITH VITRIOL AND MORE WORDS OF HATE. i am a jewish woman with family members that died in the holocaust or fled europe during wwii. i have a young son that i hoped would never know overT anti-semitism in his lifetime, yet in Charlottesville Neo-Nazis and white supremacists felt empowered to march, faces uncovered and upturned shouting “jew will not replace us” and “blood and soil”. David duke, the former leader of the KKK and a know holocaust denier tweeted his thanks and glowing praise of the president’s response to Charlottesville. What that means to me is that the anti-Semitism I had hoped was a thing of the past was really just seething under the surface – maybe neo-nazis are white supremacists are a particular vocal fringe group, but in today’s political climate the conditions are primed for their voice to be heard.

However, what is even more frightening to me is the normalizing of neo-nazis, white supremacists and the KKK as simply the “alt-right” that somehow exists to balance out an equally dangerous “alt-left”. Call neo-nazis and white supremacists what they are – hate groups. It is incorrect and indeed offensive to equate BLM to white supremacy (which says all other races are inferior and should live segregated from whites) and Neo-Nazis (at least some of whom adhere to the rhetoric of Hitler and call for not just the subjugation but the extermination of Jews, Gypsies, African Americans and anyone else who does not fit the “platonic” Caucasian ideal). BLM is an organization with local chapters that grew into a movement in response to the police violence against black citizens. To quote Michael Harriot BLM “affirm[s] the importance and value of black lives in a world that seems to systematically extinguish them.” BLM’s narrow purpose does not make it a hate group – unlike the KKK or neo-Nazis, BLM addresses and strives to eradicate a particular injustice instead of perpetuating existing prejudices. Moreover, BLM doesn’t need to be inclusive of #whitelives because there has never been any question in this country about the value of white lives. I can only surmise that you believe BLM to be a hate group because the BLM movement consists of activists that want change and want it now. Certainly a bunch of black people demanding change is inconsistent with the status quo which says that civil rights are part of a bygone era and we should adhere to respectability politics instead of taking direct action. However even those heroes of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s like Martin Luther King, Jr. were called controversial, vilified and even jailed in their time.

I agree that what happened in Dallas at the BLM rally was tragic. Certainly the shooting of those officers was murder that should not be condoned. however, as I understand it the leaders of the black lives movement were quick to condemn the shooting of the police officers in dallas and to emphasize that dignity, justice and freedom are the messages of the movement rather than violence against cops. we should be intelligent enough to separate the actions of a murderer from the larger issues that the Black Lives Matter movement is protesting.


I’m not from america however i feel this issue resonates all over the world. I hope things truly improve and thank you for sharing your peaceful thoughts. this recipes looks and sounds gorgeous. Just one question, can this be made gluten-free with gluten free flour?

Sarah | Broma Bakery


Lindsay | With Salt and Pepper

This is so well put Sarah. Thank you for your honesty!!!

Laura | Tutti dolci

Beautifully said, thank you Sarah! xo

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