Thursday, December 2, 2010
Banana Bread can be a cheap and easy gift to make for Christmas presents!
If your bananas turn brown before you can eat them, there are several ways you can use them. There is no need to throw them away if they are too mushy to eat. You can make banana smoothies, muffins, bread, pudding, cream pie, a banana facial, and even a banana hair conditioner. Even better: bananas can easily be frozen for future use. Just peel, slice, and freeze in a container or bag.
Banana bread is fun to experiment with and makes a wonderful Christmas present. You can add nuts, chocolate chips, peanut butter – there are hundreds of combinations. For gift giving, you can bake it in a festive tin foil pan or simply wrap it in saran wrap and tie it up in a pretty bow.
The secret to making a moist, delicious banana bread is to use overripe, mushy bananas and to take care that you do not over mix the batter. Mix dry ingredients separately from wet and then blend together just enough to moisten the dry ingredients. I will share my favorite banana bread recipe. If I am gifting this bread, I will usually butter the pan well and flour with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. I might even drizzle a little vanilla frosting over the top for decoration.
Mash 3-4 ripe bananas and combine in bowl with the following ingredients:
1/3 cup melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sugar
In a separate bowl, combine the following ingredients:
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1 ½ cups flour
¼ cup walnuts
Blend flour mixture into the banana mixture and spread into a greased 8 x 4 inch loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Cool and remove from pan. (This recipe is from Simply Recipes.)