Banana Nut Bread Baked in a Jar Recipe
This traditional banana bread features an ingenious twist: It is baked in a canning jar! Such a fun and unique presentation makes it perfect for gifts.
Great recipe and fun to make. These are great for gift baskets and bake sales. I decorated the jars with fabric & ribbons and added a note to each jar with storage and heating instructions. I also made these with pumpkin instead of banana and thye turned out just as yummy. Some tips: Use a _VERY_ large mixing bowl, this makes a lot of batter. Be sure the jars are the wide-mouth, straight-sided kind or you'll have a hard time getting the bread in & out of the jars. Will use this recipe forever.
Soooo good! Bake on a large cookie sheet, jars will be much more stable. Don't try to double this batter in the same mixing bowl it will not fit. I have a big Kitchen Aid mixer and it wouldn't hold a double batch. This is really a good recipe and everyone raves about it. Thanks Linda Jean for sharing such a fun recipe!!! I baked on a large heavy cooking sheet and they baked up beautifully, no problems. The first batch I placed on oven rack and they fell over when I checked them,like a domino reaction what a mess I had in my oven! Before you decide how to cook, see how the jars fit on your oven rack.Then decide how to bake. Some veiwers after mine had trouble using a sheet, but I must state that I used a very heavy, stainless steel, bakery quality sheet. Not light aluminum or the unstick kind. I don't think you would get proper results if you don't. Jars should not be touching,should be enough space between jars for good heat circulation. I had excellant results this way. Good luck if you try this,just use yo
I sent these to my boyfriend on deployment in the middle east, and he and the guys LOVED them! He said they tasted perfectly fresh when he received them 2 weeks after I put them in the mail! I used 14 8-ounce jars so there was more to go around. The only other change I made was using buter instead of shortening.
Fantastic!! This was my first time making banana bread and it turned out wonderful. My husband, who is a banana bread conniseur, said it was the best he's ever had. I found the jars at Wal-Mart, since I know a few of you were having trouble finding them. I also reduced the cloves from 1 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp. Like another reviewer, I scaled the recipe to make 12 jars. As an experiment, I cooked 6 jars at a time, the first time with a cookie sheet, the second time without. The bread cooked with the cookie sheet turned out just fine, however, the ones cooked without the sheet look more golden brown on the outside (the others were darker). Also, HELPFUL HINT!!, I figured out a super easy way to get the batter into the jars: pour the batter into a heavy gallon freezer bag and cut a small hole in the corner of the bag. This way, you can pipe the batter right into the jars. No mess! Thanks, this recipe is great. Can't wait for gift-giving this year! Next time I'll try pumpkin.
I made this recipe and it was FANTASTIC! I got rave reviews by all who tasted it and was asked several times to make more. I greased the insides of the jars with shortening,filled them half way up and they baked right to the top perfectly. The only change I made was that I used cinnamon pecans. The bread slides right out of the jar when cooled. Oh so easy, oh so good. Will be baking more of these again soon. Oh, and I have read about baking in jars. Some places claim you can keep them as long as normal jarred items (like months and years!). This is incorrect. You must eat just as Linda states, within a week. Fun gift and presentation. Thanks for sharing Linda!