Light and moist and easy to make. Great for Valentine's Day or Christmas, or anytime of the year. If you are not a big fan of coconut or nuts, just omit them. The frosting on the top is optional. I personally like it better without it.
*1 cup granulated sugar
*1/2 cup whole milk
*1/2 cup vegetable oil
*1 large egg
*2 cups all-purpose flour
*2 teaspoons baking powder
*1/2 teaspoon salt
*1 (10 ounce) jar maraschino cherries
*1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
*1/2 cup shredded coconut
*1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
*1 tablespoons butter, melted
*1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons reserved maraschino cherry juice
*1/4 teaspoon almond extract
~Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
~Grease (or spray with a cooking spray) a 9"x5" bread pan.
~In a medium mixing bowl, mix granulated sugar, milk, oil and egg together.
~In another bowl, sift flour, baking powder and salt together.
~Mix the flour mixture into the wet ingredients, until just combined (do not over mix).
~Drain cherries, reserving the liquid for later use.
~Chop cherries (coarse or fine however you like it).
~Fold chopped cherries, coconut and nuts into batter.
~Pour batter into prepared bread pan.
~Bake for 55-60 minutes or until bread is done.
~Allow bread to cool for 10 minutes before removing it from the bread pan.
~Continue cooling bread on a wire cooling rack.
~In a small bowl, mix powdered sugar, melted butter, cherry juice and almond extract, until smooth.
~Spread glaze on cooled bread.
~Once glaze has set, slice the bread.