I am a girl who is big on comfort food. This is probably because my mom was such a fantastic cook. We ate a lot of meatloaf, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese and breads when I was growing up. Mom’s cooking was so good that the neighborhood kids would hang around the back door when she was making certain foods.
One of the favorites of all of us kids (and their parents for that matter) was mom’s banana bread. Can you imagine what she would think of my twist on her recipe? Now I make The Tastiest Banana Nut Bread recipe Ever (and it’s in a mason jar!)
I came across this unusual way of making banana bead from a friend’s grandma. She has been making it like this for years but apparently it is popular on Pinterest and other recipe websites. I found it was actually easier to make this The Tastiest Banana Nut Bread recipe Ever than in a pan. There is something about the glass and how the bread bakes that makes it come out perfectly even every time you make it.
If you are giving this banana bread in a jar as a gift, you just put the top on it, tie a ribbon around it and you are good to go! If you are looking for another snack that makes a fun homemade gift, try my Bacon Caramel Popcorn.
Oh my goodness, I am laughing right now and only Billy Joel fans will get this reference. As I am typing this post about my The Tastiest Banana Nut Bread recipe Ever , I am listening to “Piano Man” and the line, (…and outs bread in my jar…) just came on. Hee Hee Hee.
I am pretty sure Billy Joel did not mean my Tastiest Banana Nut Bread recipe, but if he tasted it, he would! Let me tell you, this is the moistest banana nut bread you will ever taste! Caitlin took it to school yesterday and people were fighting for it (literally!)
The Tastiest Banana Nut Bread Recipe Ever!
- 2/3 cup shortening
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups (4 medium sized) mashed bananas
- 2/3 cup water
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 cup , crushed walnuts
- 1/4 cup , crushed pecans
- 12 half pint mason jars
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees
- Grease the insides of the jars with cooking spray or shortening
- In a large mixing bowl, beat together the shortening and sugar with an electric mixer until well mixed. Beat in the eggs, bananas, sour cream and water until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
- In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves and nuts and pour into the banana mixture a little at a time mixing well with each addition. Fold in pecans.
- Fill mason jars 1/2 way full. Do not add the lids.
- Line the jars on a baking sheet and bake for 40-45 minutes of until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Remove the jars from the oven and screw on the lids and rings to the jars while the bread is cooling. When the jar seals itself, you should hear a little pinging noise. If not, just press down on the lid to see if it is firm.
- You can skip the mason jars and bake in two 9 x 5-inch bread pans for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.
Have you ever made a recipe in a mason jar before? Please share!