Gift of the Magi Bread Recipe
1/2 C. butter or margarine, softened
1 C. sugar
1 t. vanilla
2 C. flour
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 C. ripe banana, mashed (about 2 medium)
1 can (11 oz.) mandarin oranges, drained
1 C. flaked coconut
1 C. chocolate chips
2/3 C. sliced almonds, divided
1/2 C. maraschino cherries
1/2 C. chopped dates or raisins
Preheat oven to 350� F. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add flour, baking soda and salt alternately with the bananas. Stir in the oranges, coconut, chocolate chips, 1/2 cup almonds, cherries and dates or raisins.
Pour into 2 greased loaf pans. Sprinkle with remaining almonds. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire rack to cool completely.
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