Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Cherry Nut Pound Cake

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Every year, my husband's elderly Aunt Jane used to make him his favorite *Cherry Nut Pound Cake* & bring him a loaf (or sometimes TWO!) into his medical office when she came in for a blood pressure check-up around the holidays.

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It is a VERY rich sweet bread...it has a full pound of butter or margarine in it!

But it is SOOOO good & it is only a once-a-year treat.

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It has a full 10 oz. jar of maraschino cherries (drained) in it along with chopped walnuts.

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Before she passed away, Aunt Jane wrote down the recipe for me, per request of my husband.

For awhile, I thought I had lost the recipe.  You can see the sorry state of my recipe box above.
It is so full, it won't snap closed anymore.
I really need to get those typed up & into digital format for future generations before I die!

 Every year, since she passed away, we start off our Christmas morning with a cup of hot coffee or, in my case, tea & a nice big slice of this yummy treat.

Here is a photo Aunt Jane Cwiklinski's hand-written recipe for Cherry Nut Pound Cake, below:

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Almost 29 years ago, I laughed out loud when I first read her little written comment "Good Luck" on it & it still has made me smile every year since.  

I have made a printable link to the recipe here:  Cherry Nut Pound Cake 

**You might note that, in the digital version, I have changed the number of pans or loaves this will make.  I measured all my bread pans & NONE of them were the 8 1/2" x 4 1/4" measurement  that dear Aunt Jane used.

I can only get 2 large loaves (filled to about 3/4th level) plus I usually have a wee bit leftover to make a *mini* loaf to share with the neighbors.

In a discussion with a gal on Facebook, I learned that "Cherry Bread" has been a popular local custom in Newfoundland, Canada for eons.  In the recipe she & I discussed, it was noted to "toss the cherries in some flour to prevent sinking in the batter".  
I never thought to do that & will from now on.  You can see in my photo, that most of the cherries are at the bottom of the slice.   
Next time, I'm also going to add TWO jars of maraschino cherries...one just doesn't seem to be enough.

Thanks for stopping by The Gazebo House today.  I hope you try this recipe yourself.  It would be lovely for Valentine's Day, which is also our wedding anniversary!!!



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17 comments:

  1. Rett, this looks delicious. I like a good pound cake. We've been eating a Meyer lemon pound cake that I made in little bundt cakelets and froze. I think I may warm one up for my afternoon coffee. Printing off the recipe right now. Thanks!
    Any special plans for your birthday?

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    1. Yum, Sarah...your Meyer lemon pound cake sound luscious! You know how I feel about LEMON!! LOL
      No plans at all for "OUR" birthday. The grandkidlets are both swimming in competition matches at Cleveland State. They tell me we will celebrate the following day with homemade lemon meringue pie. I got strict orders NOT to make one myself.

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  2. Rett, I have put the ingredients on my shopping list. Looks so good, and really, it is perfect for valentines day. something special and sweet.

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    1. I just know you'll like it, Nonie! It is an easy recipe & it freezes well, too. I slice up one loaf & put 2 pieces at a time, into sandwich bags, then label a bigger Ziploc freezer bag with contents & date. I put them all into the one big gallon bag, suck out all the air with a straw & quickly zip it shut. Then into the freezer it goes for whenever we want a sweet treat. It never stays in there very long! LOL

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  3. I'll bet this cake is great Rett, old family recipes are the best! Glad you found it-enjoy:@)

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  4. Ooh yes please, I'd love a slice with a cup of tea, Rett. I have one jar of maraschino cherries in the pantry, but two does sound better. I smiled with Aunt Jane's "good luck" comment, too. It's a treasure to have her handwritten recipe.

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    1. You are right, Kitty...those small mementoes, be it a letter or a prayer or a recipe, done in a deceased loved one's handwriting are so special. I have my Mom's pencil recipe for the sugar cookies she made us every Christmas. I've been meaning to get it matted & framed. That will be tops on my list of things to do this year!
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. I know my husband would be pleased to see a slice or two of this after dinner so I'll keep this recipe in mind. I'm not fond of maraschino cherries so I'll pass for myself. I find that making stuff he likes and I don't keeps me from eating it - win win for weight loss.

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    1. I don't care for maraschino cherries in any other item but this one, Lorrie. I NEVER ate the one off the top of a banana split...always gave it away. Can't remember the last time I had a banana split, either. LOL
      I bet you would still like them in this recipe. They taste totally different than when they are eaten plain, just as a garnish off something. Try it...you'll like it!

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  6. I have a similar recipe but haven't made it for years. It was a real favourite. Thanks for the reminder - and for your husband's aunt's recipe!

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  7. I've already sent this to the printer upstairs. Can't wait to try it and will coat my cherries with flour to see if they don't sink. lol I will let you know.

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  8. As I was scrolling down my daily feeds, I saw ""Cherry Nut Pound Cake" an thought that has to be a recipe from Rett. Love the recipe card and since my youngest daughter just loves maraschino cherries, I'll probably be making this for Sunday dinner.

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    1. I am positive you & she will both love it, Lillian! My friend, Carol, (the commenter above you) made it for her DD's 30-something birthday & I heard she went crazy over it. Good think it made 2 loaves so they had one for each household. It really IS yummy!!
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. I know I will have to try this poundcake sometime. My Great Aunt Gusia was Agnes Cwiklinski and I see your husband's aunt is Jane Cwiklinski. Maybe I can tell everybody it's a "family" recipe.

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  10. Oh my, this looks and sounds so decadent, Rett! I am going to try it for Valentine's Day. Thanks for sharing a treasured family recipe.

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  11. I love pound cake and this looks so tasty! I always toss blueberries in flour so they don't sink, so I am sure it will also work with cherries! I love her recipe card - what a great thing to treasure!

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fondly,
~Rett~