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This is a delicious new version of an old stand-by, banana bread. It is very good and makes a beautiful gift for Christmas. My mother made this many times when I was growing up and now I make it for my family.

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon soda
1 cup ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup maraschino cherries, sliced
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
Glaze:
2 cups confectioners sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine (1/2 stick)
Dash salt
1/2 cup whole milk

Instructions

Cream together butter and sugar. Beat eggs with fork and add to sugar and butter mixture. Mix together flour and soda; add to butter mixture. Add bananas, cherries, chocolate chips and nuts. Beat all ingredients together well. Place in a greased 9x5-inch bread pan. Bake at 350 degrees (325 degrees if pan is glass) for 50 to 60 minutes. Test for doneness after 50 minutes. Let cool slightly then cover with thin glaze. To make glaze, melt butter in saucepan. Remove from heat. Stir in sugar and salt. Gradually add milk until glaze is thin enough to drizzle over warm bread.

Joan Holmes
Moline



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