There is nothing like a homemade gift from the kitchen. A banana bread loaf is a great offering as it can be served for breakfast during a busy season of entertaining. It can easily be frozen by the recipient to be enjoyed long after the holiday season, if preferred. Adding your favoirte candy bar chopped up into the batter of your go-to recipe is an indulgent addition befitting the holidays. In this recipe I added chopped Snickers bars as they have peanuts, caramel and chocolate, perfect partners for banana bread! Decadent? You bet! At the end of the post I will share several wrapping ideas for the gifting of banana bread loaves.
SNICKERS BANANA BREAD
3 ripe bananas, peeled
2 large eggs
1/4 c safflower oil
1/2 c sugar
1 3/4 c flour
3/4 t baking soda
1 1/4 t cream of tartar
1/2 t salt
3/4 c coarsely chopped Snickers chocolate bars
Preheat oven to 350 F
In a medium bowl, with an electric mixer, mix the bananas, sugar, eggs and oil until smooth. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt and cream of tartar together and gradually incorporate into the banana mixture. Using a wooden spatula, fold in the chopped candy. Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake on the middle rack of the oven for 50-60 minutes. Cool on a rack.
IT’S A WRAP!
1- Use a pretty tea towel to wrap around your loaf and it can becomes a gift within the gift! I used a liner of parchment paper underneath so the towel would not get greasy.
2- Present the loaf in a nice container. Three versions.
3- KISS ~wrap the loaf in parchment with a festive ribbon and present it simply like this or on a pretty platter.
Of course the secret ingredient in all these gifts is love and nothing could be sweeter than that. Happy gifting from your kitchen!