Bourbon soaked Cherry Banana Bread

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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!