J – It’s time to pay the piper …
for a very wonderful gift. I am the year-round beneficiary of baked banana + whatever muffins and mini loaves. Raspberries and walnuts or blackberries or apples. Whatever is available and fresh. I never have to think about what to eat for breakfast. Nice!
Now, it’s my turn to do some more of the writing … like this story … as a big thank you to Christina.
It all started a couple of years ago when Christina asked, “What do you want to do with all these over-ripe bananas?” There must have been a sale.
“Muffins?” I replied, not thinking I was starting a tradition.
And, so, it began. A twice-a-month conversation about finding “old bananas” at the store, which conveniently puts them in a big bag for $1.19, making sure we have some walnuts and discovering what berries or other fruit is on sale.
That’s my job. Then, delicious muffins appear magically in the fridge a day later.
They’re all mini-bagged for convenient morning-time selection … especially, if the coffee is still brewing. I am grateful each morning when I have a couple for breakfast.
Christina’s muffin and mini-loaf making has also extended to client-meeting treats from time to time. We always try to have some tasty food at our strategy meetings with clients. Good strategy requires good energy.
A couple of weeks ago, Christina was wondering what make for holiday gifts?
“Muffins?” I replied, not really thinking about the practicality of it all.
“No way!” she said. “But, mini-loaves would be perfect. Nice size. Super easy to make and to wrap.”
|Holiday Dessert Gift Ideas: Mini Banana Bread Loaves|
- 3⅓ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup canola oil
- 7 bananas, very ripe, mashed
- 4 Tbsp crème fraiche or sour cream
- 2 Tbsp vanilla
- 2 cups walnuts, toasted and chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray ten 5¾” x 3¼” x 2” disposable mini-loaf pans with cooking spray.
- In a mixing bowl, place flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Mix well.
- Beat sugar and eggs with a whisk or in a stand mixer on medium until light and fluffy. About 10 minutes.
- Drizzle in oil. Mix for a for one minute or until incorporated.
- Add bananas, crème fraiche and vanilla.
- Fold in dry ingredients and nuts.
- Pour into a pans and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until bread is cooked through.
- Let cool.
- Cover them in aluminum foil and tie with a bow.
- Give them out the everyone you know.
So, I did some shopping. Magically, a couple of days later ten mini-banana-bread loaves appeared all ready to wrap. Sampling was irresistible.
Delicious. Moist. Light and well balanced. Not too sweet, either.