November 06, 2010

Holiday Goodies #6

RIPE Bananas
This gift idea is on my mind because I've got some bananas sitting on my counter that look something like this picture! 

A great way to use soft, browning bananas is in Banana Bread.  Most people seem to love banana bread, so why not make it for gifts?

One way to stretch out the bread is to make Banana Bread Muffins (use your cupcake pan and liners) or bake mini loafs, using small pans like these.  Share what you love and add nuts or chocolate chips to the batter when baking. 

Here's a recipe that you can use (and modify to your taste!) that has been a hit where ever I have shared the bread.  One lady even told me that it made her think of the Banana Bread her grandma used to make!  That's a huge compliment!
3 bananas
1/2 c. margarine
1 c. sugar
3 eggs
2 c. flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c. milk
SET oven to 350 degrees.
MASH the bananas and set aside.  CREAM together margarine and sugar.  ADD one egg at a time to creamed sugar, beating well after each additional egg.  MIX in the mashed bananas. IN SMALL bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt.  ALTERNATE adding milk and dry ingredients to egg mixture, mixing at medium speed just until well mixed.  ADD nuts or chocolate chips if desired.
BAKE for about 40 minutes in two medium loaf pans that have been lightly sprayed (or two batches of 12 muffins with liners, or about 6 mini loafs).
Original recipe from Edna Brinkerhoff.
Banana Bread Gifts

Once the bread has cooled, wrap up the loaves or muffins in saran wrap and tie off with a ribbon. Add a handmade (or store bought) tag to add a personal holiday touch.

Sometimes I like to include a copy of the recipe for the recipient.  A lot of people seem to have allergies to certain foods, so I want to give them the opportunity to know what's in the recipe without having to embarrass them if they had to ask. And, if they loved the bread, they can make it themselves afterward!

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