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Catholic Recipe: Fruited Holiday Bread


  • 1-3/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup walnuts broken
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) finely cut candied pineapple
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced citron
  • 1/4 cup each finely cut candied orange peel and cherries
  • 1/4 cup seedless raisins


Yield: 1 loaf

Prep Time: 2 hours

Difficulty: N/A

Cost: $$$$

For Ages:11+



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Here's another quick bread that can be served for Christmas morning. This recipe is full of a variety of fruit and nuts, including bananas, raisins and walnuts.


Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Beat shortening until creamy in mixing bowl. Add sugar gradually to shortening; continue beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs; beat well. Add flour mixture alternately with bananas, a small amount at a time, mixing after each addition only enough to moisten dry ingredients. Add nuts, pineapple, cherries, citron, orange peel, and raisins, mixing only enough to distribute fruit evenly. Turn into well-greased bread pan, 9 x 5 x 3 inches; bake at 350° about 1 hour and 10 minutes or until bread is done.

Recipe Source: Cook's Blessings, The by Demetria Taylor, Random House, New York, 1965