Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Are you a banana bread nut? Do you find yourself craving this delicious loaf morning, noon, and night? Are you constantly searching for new excuses, events, or gatherings to bake up this light, fluffy treat?
Okay, so maybe we're not all that crazy when it comes to this dish, but we can all agree, when a slice of banana bread comes our way, we're not going to turn it down. So what if you received a sealed jelly jar with a mini loaf of banana bread baked right in it? That's right, bread baked fresh in a jar!
Sounds crazy? Believe it or not, it's actually super easy to make, tastes absolutely delicious, and is the perfect gift to give to friends and neighbors alike. Who knew banana bread could be so innovative and fun! Grab a can of our Freeze Dried Bananas, it's time to bake up some Banana Bread in a Jar!
2/3 cup Shortening
2 2/3 cup Sugar
2 cups Honeyville Freeze Dried Bananas
2/3 cup Water
3 1/3 cups Honeyville Alta Artisan Bread Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
2 tsp Baking Soda
1 1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Ground Cloves
2/3 cup chopped Pecans
Yields: 1 dozen 8 oz Jars
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
In a large bowl, cream together shortening and sugar, using an electric hand mixer.
Re-hydrated your bananas by soaking them in water until soft, then draining excess liquid. Once soft, mash your bananas with a pastry whisk or fork.
Add bananas and eggs to creamed sugar/shortening and mix together until completely combined.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cloves, and whisk together until completely combined.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until a soft batter forms.
Fold in chopped pecans until completely combined.
Using a funnel, pour batter into greased 8 oz jam jars. You'll only want the jars about half way full. Bang the bottom of the jars on the counter to smooth out batter and allow it to fill the bottom.
Place directly on oven rack in the oven and bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes. Remove and, if you're resealing, gently place lids on top and screw on. The heat from the bread will seal the tops.
This recipe not only bakes up light, fluffy loafs in your jars, it makes a lot of jars! 12 to be exact. That's a lot of gifts you can gives to others! The bread itself comes out easily from the jars. Just slide a butter knife between the glass and the bread and the loaf simply pops right out.
When it comes to taste, this loaf can't be beat! The bread is light and airy and the bananas bake in perfectly with each bite. Slice up a mini loaf for yourself and smear a little butter on each top. Trust us, you will not be disappointed.
We may not all be banana bread nuts, but with this fun and delicious recipe, we can bring the gift of homemade banana bread to anyone we desire!