Before we get started, I need you to know that I already know the following two things:
- This recipe is adapted from Taste of Lizzy T’s recipe. You may have seen her video of this recipe making its rounds on Facebook. So did I. Which is why I decided to veganize it.
- Maraschino cherries are an abomination and should really not be consumed by humans. But sometimes it’s fun to test fate. More on this later.
Ok, so now that those are out of the way I will also add:
3. This recipe is so, so bad for you. But I am the person who birthed Doritos-Crusted Tofu into this world, and I’m not going to apologize for that. If you want overflowing mason jars of green smoothie you are reading the wrong blog. Yes, I did just make an overflowing mason jar of smoothie joke in the last post I did. They’re just really, really stupid and I hate them.
Maraschino cherries, as stated earlier, are disgusting. But they are also delicious. It’s a real conundrum. If you are repulsed by their ingredients, which consist mainly of fake sugar and artificial coloring, you can modify this recipe by making your own maraschino cherries, or you can buy all natural maraschino cherries. Either of these options will taste good, but won’t get you the bright pink color pictured here. To recreate that naturally, you could use a few drops of beet juice.
There are also other subs you could make if you want to make these slightly less trashy – like swapping in coconut oil for canola, using a high-protein gluten-free flour blend and cutting back on the sugar somehow that I am not aware of and do not care about.
But I did none of those things. I fed my family a loaf of sugary, artificially-colored, gluten-full cherry loaf and god damn it we were happy. I used Ener-G Egg Replacer in my version, but a flax egg would also work well.
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Vegan Maraschino Cherry Bread
By March 20, 2017Published:
It's real bad for you. I've said it enough times now that you really don't need to email me or leave comments about it. K thx.
- 3/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- substitute for one egg flax egg or Ener-G works well
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 10oz jars maraschino cherries drained & chopped, reserving liquid
- Pre-heat the oven to 350F and grease a 9"x5" loaf pan.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar, non-dairy milk, oil, egg substitute, and vanilla.
- In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir. Be careful not to over-mix, some lumps are OK.
- Gently fold the chopped cherries into the mixture. Transfer mixture to baking pan and bake 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Then remove from pan and cool completely. (About another 30-40 minutes.)
- Top with glaze made from the following:
2 cups confectioner's sugar, 1/4 cup reserved cherry liquid, 2 Tbs melted margarine (or coconut oil) and 1/2 tsp almond extract. Mix all of the ingredients together and pour over the top of the cooled bread. Allow the glaze to set up and then slice.
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