Gift of the Magi Bread Recipe
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium)
- 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
- 1 cup flaked coconut
- 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
- 2/3 cup sliced almonds, divided
- 1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries
- 1/2 cup chopped dates
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with bananas. Stir in the oranges, coconut, chocolate chips, 1/2 cup almonds, cherries and dates.
- Pour into two greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans. Sprinkle with remaining almonds. Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Yield: 2 loaves.
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I had actually prepared this bread when it first came out for Taste of Home! Instead of dried cherries, I'd used 1/2 cup maraschino cherries, chopped. I also used 1/8 cup of flour to prevent the oranges, dates, dates, chocolate chips,cherries to prevent these ingredients from sinking to the bottom of the cake! Note: I'd greased and floured my pans-I found that even if the recipe doesn't specify to flour a loaf pan or a baking pan, I still flour it because it's easier to remove the bread or cake-I learned that quite some time back!
This trick has worked for me! This is an excellent bread to use for the holidays!
Dawn E. Lowenstein
I make this in memory of my mom who made it at Christmas time. I believe she got the recipe from the a nun at the Catholic church we went to. She never put in the almonds or dates because her 9 children were very finicky. She would sometimes make 4 mini loaf breads so she could share with our wonderful neighbors in Detroit. My husband likes it without the chocolate chips but I think that's the best part. Enjoy!
I made this for my mom as an early Christmas present, she loved it. We could stop eating it. I'm going to make another one this year.
I too make this yummy bread every Christmas - it is a family tradition. It is easy to make and has an excellent flavor. I do leave out the nuts as my husband doesn't like them and I have used regular milk chocolate chips which doesn't seem to change the good flavor :)
Have been making this for years and am always asked for it from friends at Christmas time. It has become the big favorite from all our friends.