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Star of the East Fruit Bread Recipe

Details

Time
3 hours
Skill Level
Intermediate
Yields
2 (8-inch loaves)

Here's a perfect idea for treating your family or gifting to your friends at the holidays. This delicious Christmas fruit bread recipe features bits of fruit paired with HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Mildly Sweet Chocolate Chips. Dop with a delightful chocolate drizzle and enjoy.

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
30 minutes
Bake Time
49 minutes
Cool Time
1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup

    butter or margarine (1 stick), softened

  • 1 cup

    sugar

  • 2

    eggs

  • 1 tsp

    vanilla extract

  • 2 cups

    all-purpose flour

  • 1 tsp

    baking soda

  • 1/4 tsp

    salt

  • 1 cup

    banana mashed ripe (about 3 medium)

  • 1 can

    mandarin orange segments (11 oz), well drained

  • 1 cup

    HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Mildly Sweet Chocolate Chips or HERSHEY'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

  • 1/2 cup

    dates or calimyrna figs chopped

  • 1/2 cup

    maraschino cherries chopped, well drained

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Directions

Equipment Needed 

oven
Oven
loaf baking pans
loaf baking pans
bowl
Bowl
mixer
Mixer
measuring cups
Measuring Cups
wire rack
Wire Rack
microwave-safe bowl
Microwave-safe Bowl
microwave
Microwave
1

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease two 8x4x4-inch loaf baking pans.

2

Beat butter and sugar in large bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; add alternately with mashed banana to butter mixture, blending well. Stir in orange segments, chocolate chips, dates and cherries. Divide batter evenly between prepared pans.

3

Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until golden brown. Cool; remove from pans. Drizzle tops of loaves with Chocolate Drizzle. Store tightly wrapped.

Chocolate Drizzle: Combine 1/2 cup HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Chocolate Chips or HERSHEY'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips and 2 tablespoons whipping cream in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at medium (50%) 30 seconds; stir. If necessary, microwave at medium an additional 15 seconds; stir until chips are melted and smooth when stirred. About 1/2 cup drizzle.

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