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Have you seen banana bread in a jar? It is the cutest gift you can give your guests after a Christmas dinner, bridal or baby shower, a relaxed birthday party or a rustic wedding. I made banana bread in a jar for my sister’s baby shower last year. Easy and simple you say, but the first attempt was not so successful. Here is what I’ve learned.

Choose the Best Jars for Your Banana Bread

Glass jars are your safest bet. Unlike plastic containers, glass will not infuse your quick-loaf with harmful chemicals. However, glass jars can break during baking. If this happens, the banana bread in that jar cannot be eaten. To stay on the safe side, make sure you use high-quality, original mason jars.

You can also sterilize the jars in boiling hot water to destroy any bacteria. Special attention should be paid to the jars’ rims and lids. Leave them to dry thoroughly after sterilization.

When it comes to size, opt for small, half-pint, i.e. 8 ounce jars with wide mouths.

What Else Do You Need to Make Banana Bread in a Jar?

Besides jars, here is what else you need:

Easy and simple banana bread recipe

Cooking spray

Parchment paper

Baking tray

Follow the instructions given in the banana bread recipe to mix the ingredients. A standard banana bread recipe should yield about five mason jars. Grease the jars well (well-greased jars will allow the quick-loaf to be removed easily from the jar).

Use a spoon to fill the jars with the banana bread batter. Be careful not to overfill. Halfway to 2/3 full jars are OK since the batter will rise during baking.  Do not close the jars with the lids.

Baking Banana Bread in a Jar

Line the baking tray with parchment paper, then arrange the jars on the baking tray, making sure they don’t touch.

Place the baking tray on the middle rack of the oven. Bake at a relatively low temperature and reduce the baking time suggested in the banana bread recipe by 10-20 minutes. Insert a toothpick to check for doneness. If it comes out clean, the loaf is done.

Removing the Banana Bread from the Jars

If you wish to remove the banana loaves from the jars to get cute, mini loaves, let them cool to room temperature first. The jars should remain open at all times. If you close them at this point, the heat will seal the jars, causing botulism toxins to develop and turn your quick bread into a hazardous treat!

Once the jars have cooled, turn them upside down and tap one by one. The banana loaves should slide right out!

Banana bread recipes are not the only ones that produce cute food gifts. You can also try apple, pumpkin, zucchini, and date bread.

To make the gifts perfect, tie a ribbon, add a recipe card or a name tag and place the jars in a small basket along with another jar of chocolate chips, fruit slices, peanut butter or anything you like.

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