Gift of the Magi Bread

READY IN: 1hr 10mins
Recipe by Sweet Diva MJ

Originally from Taste of Home. I make this during the Christmas Season - It's loaded with scrumptious ingredients such as coconut, mandarin oranges, dates, cherries, chocolate chips and almonds.

Top Review by mickie49

This is the BEST quick bread ever! I've made it 3 times using different dried fruit mixes each time and every one was wonderful. I used apricots, peaches and pears. I used raisins, dates, and figs and I used a variety mix of dried berries---all were wonderful and drew rave reviews! Quick and easy to put together. I make them in mini disposable pans and bake them for about 30 minutes. this is a recipe that I will use for years to come! thank you so much for posting this!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  3. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with bananas.
  4. Stir in the oranges, coconut, chocolate chips, 1/2 cup almonds, cherries and dates.
  5. Pour into two greased 8-in. x 4-in. x 2-in. loaf pans.
  6. Sprinkle with remaining almonds.
  7. Bake at 350 for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  8. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Yield: 2 loaves.

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