Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Orange You Happy You Are Going To Make This Delicious Banana Orange Bread

 This is my Great Grandmothers' Banana Bread Recipe that I've spiked with orange flavoring... I was a little worried about this experiment but I am SO happy I tried it... It is DELISH!  And for a twist on your Plane Jane bread loaves I've decide to bake it in canning jars for a fun way to gift them, this also allows you to bake more at a time if you'd like.

You will need:
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 medium ripe bananas
  • 4-5 teaspoons orange zest
  • 4-5 wide mouth pint canning jars

First preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Cream the shortening, sugar, and brown sugar.  Then add the eggs one at a time and mix well.
Measure in baking powder, baking soda, & salt.  Slowly while mixing add the flour.

 And mix well.
 Next peel and break up the bananas into a bowl.
 With a fork mash the bananas well.
 Wash and zest an orange with micro grater or the smallest holes on your cheese grater.  I like my micro grater! 
 Dump bananas and zest into mixture and mix again.
 Spray your clean canning jars with Pam or Crisco spray.  You will need 4-5 jars for this recipe.
 Fill them 1/2 full with the batter...DO NOT FILL FULLER!  Wipe off the threads and top of the jar so they are clean.
 Now place in your preheated oven directly on the oven racks.  They may not bake evenly if you bake them on a cookie sheet.  Just make sure there is space between them.  Bake for about 40 -45 minutes.  Be sure to use a toothpick to check them.  While baking, start simmering the canning jar rings and lids. 
I am not taking any other picture of the inside of my oven... It's as clean as I could get it, I promise and it's probably twenty years old.

Once your bread is cooked take them out of the oven and immediately place lids and rings on the hot bottles.  This should seal them as they cool. 
Once cooled complelty decorate till your little hearts desire.  (Mod Podge cute paper around them, wrap with a ribbon and put a bow on top,... whatever you can imagine.) 
Stick a gift tag on it and gift it away.
But don't forget to keep one for yourselft!!!

They will slip right out of the jar with no problem.


Sara said...

OMG!!!!I MUST TRY THIS!!!!!!!!! I have NEVER seen anything like these!!!

Meal Makin Momma said...

Please do and let me know what you think. I want feedback!

September Roberts said...

Love this idea, thanks so much for sharing this. Looking forward to trying this out. Again, thanks for sharing!

Sara said...

So I did try it, and it was delicious! I also tried a batch with applesauce and a banana, wayyyyyy too mushy. I think probably too much applesauce? I didn't know how much to add so I just threw in a little over a cup. Live and learn. I also just wanted to say LOVE the new blog layout!!!! May I make 1 suggestion? Have a pop up comment window instead of it reloading the site? My computer SUCKS at reloads :) You go girl, proud of ya!