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Cherry Bread

Fresh or frozen cherries brighten this cherry quick bread which is made in less than an hour from start to finish. Bake with gluten free or traditional flour to make this easy cherry bread: both results are a special treat!

Overhead photo of gluten free cherry quick bread with three slices on white parchment

Simply the thought of a bowl of cherries can brighten your day. Yup, you are smiling already just thinking of a food memory with cherries as the star. Bright red and juicy, cherries are a happy food for sure.

What is a quick bread?

Quick bread are breads that are made with leaveners other than yeast (or sometimes eggs). Baking soda or baking powder are the ingredients that create the leavening or volume in this type of baking.

The quick bread needs no time to rise in the way a yeast bread would. It must be baked quickly (hence, its name!).

You are likely very familiar with some quick breads like banana bread, corn bread, scones, and most muffins. This cherry version of quick bread is a wonderful way to incorporate fruits into your baking.

Looking for more quick bread recipes? Try this strawberry bread , raspberry bread or this upside down banana bread. Or if you have a bit more time and want to develop a yeast bread, try gluten free cinnamon rolls, whole wheat pita bread, or heirloom tomato focaccia.

Can I bake with frozen berries?

Fresh cherries are a beautiful ingredient. Unfortunately they aren’t available fresh year round. You can easily bake with frozen berries in this quick bread.

The package of frozen cherries that I used stated that it was recommended to bake directly from frozen. Feel free to do just that.

I found success letting the cherries thaw for ten to fifteen minutes. Place them in a strainer over a bowl. You could even add the extra cherry juice back into the batter for more cherry flavor.

Looking for cherry recipes? You’ll enjoy these:  No Bake Cheesecake Bites and Ginger Cherry Cheesecake Squares.

How to make a quick bread:

OK, no big surprise here but quick breads are not meant to take very long to make. The ingredients come together quickly.

  • Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl (except the sugar)
  • Beat the butter and sugar, add eggs, and other wet ingredients
  • Combine the two and bake immediately.

Step by Step Photos for how to bake cherry bread:

Let’s through each step to make this easy cherry bread recipe

  1. Prepare the pan with parchment and baking spray.
Bread loaf pan with parchment and baking spray

2. Whisk the dry ingredients of flour (gluten free or traditional), baking powder, salt and nutmeg. You can use other spices such as cardamom if you wish.

Dry ingredients of flour, baking powder and salt and nutmeg for cherry quick bread.

3. Let the cherries thaw then toss with flour

Toss frozen cherries in flour before adding to the bread

4. Prepare the wet ingredients of butter and sugar, then eggs, vanilla and milk.

Wet ingredients mixed for gluten free cherry quick bread

5. Fold the cherries into the batter.

Folding the cherries into the batter for cherry quick bread

6. Then pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake.

Batter for gluten free cherry quick bread in loaf pan before baking

7. Bake until the top is a light golden brown. Let the gluten free cherry quick bread cool on a wire rack before slicing.

Baked cherry quick bread on wire cooling rack

Quick and Easy Cherry Quick Bread

Quick breads are nice because they are the fast-food of the bread world. A short ingredient list and about an hour from start to finish in your kitchen is the promise of most quick breads.

This recipe for cherry quick bread hovers between a bread that could easily be a breakfast treat or a sweet bite perfect with a cup of tea. All day long you will enjoy this cherry quick bread. The recipe is adapted from King Arthur website.

Yield: 8

Gluten Free Cherry Quick Bread

Overhead photo of gluten free cherry quick bread with three slices on white parchment

A recipe for gluten free Cherry Quick Bread or traditional cherry quick bread can be made in a loaf pan or in muffins tins. Baking with frozen cherries makes this an easy recipe for any time of year.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons, 4 ounces) butter, softened
  • 1/2 granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups 1 to 1 Gluten Free Baking Flour plus 1 tablespoon, separated.
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 cup (1/2 pound) fresh (**Or 10 ounces frozen) cherries


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9 inch loaf pan with parchment and baking spray.
  2. If using frozen cherries, let them thaw in a strainer for ten minutes. Toss with one tablespoon of gluten free flour. Set aside.
  3. Mix the dry ingredients of gluten free flour, salt, baking powder and nutmeg. Set aside.
  4. Beat the sugar and the butter until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla and the milk.
  5. Gently fold the wet and dry ingredients together. Fold the cherries into the batter. Do not overmix.


Should you require a gluten free quick bread, please ensure that all ingredients are gluten free. If you are looking for a traditional recipe, please use 2 cups all purpose flour in place of the Gluten Free Flour.

Tossing the cherries with flour helps them not to sink to the bottom. The weight of whole cherries makes it likely that they will sink to the bottom. That is ok, the quick bread is still just right. Cutting the cherries in half or in quarters and then tossing in flour will give them a chance to be better dispersed.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 171Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 395mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 5g

This data was provided by Nutritionix and is an estimate only

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Saturday 25th of July 2020

Hi, looks like a great recipe. I had fresh cherries and the bread is in the oven. I have what is probably a simple question but I just started baking since the quarantine. Is it a 1/2 cup of granulated sugar? I hope so since that is what I used..


Saturday 25th of July 2020

@Holly Baker, thanks...almost baked

Holly Baker

Saturday 25th of July 2020

Yes, you are in good shape. Hope you enjoy the bread!

Lauren @ A Nerd Cooks

Sunday 23rd of December 2018

This quick bread looks lovely! I especially like that you can make it with either fresh or frozen cherries.


Saturday 1st of December 2018

I love Cherry Quick Bread, I have version that I love to make, yours looks delicious! I also love the video you have on here, very helpful!

Holly Baker

Saturday 1st of December 2018

Thanks, Sara! Quick breads are so easy to make, I think I'll make some smaller versions to wrap as gifts this Christmas.

mimi rippee

Saturday 10th of November 2018

This is just beautiful. All I have is Moreno cherries in a bottle. Would those work?

Holly Baker

Saturday 10th of November 2018

Thanks, I've never baked with maraschino cherries. Is the type you mean in a jar with a liqueur? I've just done a quick google search and have found recipes with this type of cherry-- cookies and cakes mostly. I believe there is a sweetener and other things added to those cherries that make them not the first choice for baking. If you do try it, let me know how it turns out.

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Friday 9th of November 2018

I love cherries. Usually I buy a big bucket each summer and freeze them for year round use. Unfortunately this year escaped me. However I still think I might have a bag tucked away! Hurray!