Gift of the Magi bread (from Taste of Home recipes on line)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
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 cups 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. Sir in the oranges, coconut, chocolate chips, 1/2 cup of almonds, cherries, and dates.
Pour into two greased 8 x 4 inch loaf pans. Sprinkle with remaining almonds. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the enter comes out clean. Cool for ten minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Yield: 2 loaves.
Since my daughter doesn't like nuts or coconut, I omitted those. However, my husband and I thought it would have been better at least with the coconut. This is a sweeter bread than the cranberry-orange, even though it does have mandarin oranges. But we missed the tang of the cranberries from the other one. It was a little too sweet for our taste, without the contrast.