I've made these for many years as a Christmas tradition. EVERYONE loves them. This year I forgot to buy maraschinos, and used dried cherries and craisins that I soaked in warm water to plump up. It was different but just as delicious.
This recipe is fantastic! My mom has been making these for over 30 years. As a tradition we have them for breakfast every christmas morning. But she uses almond, cherry , blueberry or raspberry solo brand pie filling instead of dried fruit. She tints the frosting pink with marachino cherry juice and cuts cherries up to put them.
I have been making this bread for many years--shape like candy canes for Christmas and use for pastry with almond filling and/or danish. Now my daughter is making the bread.
This is the exact recipe that I just had my cousin dig out of her mother's archives. Aunt Janice used to make this every Christmas. It is the perfect combination of sweet and sour and was a coveted addition to our dessert table every year. You may be able to make 15 pieces from each "cane" but if you place it in front of me, it will only feed one. Do not confuse the cherries, Candied Cherries will not provide the same flavor as the MARASCHINO Cherries that are perfect in this recipe. Make this and enjoy!