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Orange Banana Nut Bread

2 1/2 c. sifted all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. mixed candied fruits
1/2 c. shortening
3 eggs
1/2 c. orange juice
4 tsp. baking powder
3/4 c. chopped nuts
1/3 c. raisins
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. mashed banana

Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in chopped nuts, candied fruits and raisins. Cream shortening, add sugar, beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Combine mashed banana and orange juice; add to creamed mixture alternately with flour mixture, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Turn into a greased, wax-paper lined 9x5x3 loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/4 hours. Cool 20 to 30 minutes before turning out on cake rack. Makes one loaf. 

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