Holiday Banana Bread 07 Dec 11

1 egg
1/2 cup shortening
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup chopped Maraschino cherries
1 cup sugar
3 ripe bananas, mashed
2 cups flour
1/2 cup chopped dates
1/2 cup chopped nuts

In large bowl, beat egg, sugar, shortening, banana and vanilla until smooth. Sift flour and soda together and blend into banana mixture. Stir in remaining ingredients. Pour into greased bread pans, 1 regular size or 2 small pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes.