I’ve made banana bread countless times, but this is the first time I attempted it in a jar. I honestly thought it would be much more difficult than it is. Read on for the recipe and wrapping instructions.
Also, check out Peach Crisp in a Jar.
Banana Bread in a Jar Recipe (adapted from allrecipes.com)
(Makes one dozen 250 ml jars)
You will also need:
If you are planning on storing these for a while, you will need to sterilize your jars. Follow the instructions here for how to sterilize jars. (Some reviewers on Allrecipes.com said the jars will keep up to a year in your pantry if sealed properly. To be safe, I wouldn’t make these more than a week before your wedding. We don’t endorse keeping for long periods because we are NOT food scientists and cannot speak to longevity canned bread. In fact, this article on canning bread, which was sent over by a reader, strongly advises against it.)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease insides of a dozen 250ml canning jars. (I wiped mine down with vegetable oil.)
In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy.
Beat in eggs, bananas, and water.
Sift together flour, baking powder, soda, salt, cinnamon, and cloves.
Add to banana mixture. Add nuts and stir them in with spoon.
Insert canning funnel into mouth of jar and pour mixture into greased jars, filling half full.
Place jars directly on rack in oven.
Do NOT put lids on jars for baking. Be careful to keep the rims clean, wiping off any batter that gets on the rims. Bake for 45 minutes.
Don’t worry if a few rise over the top of the jar a bit like this one. You can press it down with the lid.
While jars are still warm, add lids. Screw on tightly. If you sterilized your jars (as I mentioned, I didn’t because I didn’t plan on storing mine), listen for the ping once you have added the lids; this means that the jar is sealed. If you miss the “ping”, wait until they are completely cool and press on the top of the lid. If it doesn’t move at all, it’s sealed.
Find some pretty vintage fabric and trace a circle. I used a bowl and traced around it with a pencil.
Cut out the circle.
Make a ‘ribbon’ by ripping a piece of vintage fabric.
Fringe the edge of the circle and tie the ‘ribbon’ around the jar. Add a tag and you are good to go!
I love the look of mix n’ match vintage fabrics! Especially vintage fabrics. (Most of the fabrics I used were from vintage bed sheets. Just like these buntings.)
To remove the cake, simple slide a butter knife around the loaf and it will pop out.