b. Gift of the Magi Bread
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup flaked coconut
- 1 tin mandarin oranges [drained]
- 1 cup mashed banana
- 1/2 cup maraschino cherries
- 1/2 cup chopped dates
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 2/3 cup sliced almonds [divided]
Cream butter and sugar.
Add eggs and vanilla.
Combine flour, baking soda and salt.
Add to creamed mixture alternately with bananas.
Stir in orange sections, coconut, chocolate chips, 1/2 cup almonds, cherries and dates.
Pour into greased loaf pan.
Sprinkle with remaining almonds and a few cherries.
Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes.
Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan.