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Christmas Banana Bread

This Christmas Banana Bread recipe can really be made all year, but I call it by this name because my friend Emily would make it and deliver it to us each year at Christmas time. The red maraschino cherries make it festive looking, and the secret ingredient: butterscotch chips, gives this bread a unique and unexpected twist. If you’re not allergic, don’t forget the pecans, because MMMmmm, Mmm, do they make it extra delicious. I’ll often double the batch, which bakes 3 medium bread pans or 6 small pans.

Christmas Banana Bread

This year, I found the cutest polka dot Christmas themed disposable bread loaf pans at Target, and baked the bread for my kids teachers. (Insert the genius idea behind cute disposable bread loaf pans). I wrapped the bread in cellophane and placed it in this mini chrome shopping cart from World Market.

butterscotch banana bread

My kids teachers LOVED their carts, and so did a bunch of their classmates–asking where I found it. Only $8, great deal! I’ve had my own cart for a year or two. In my day-before-scramble to think up teacher gifts, I ran to World Market and I thought, “Who wouldn’t love a mini cart?”

world market mini shopping cart

So here is the recipe for the Christmas Banana Bread

Christmas Banana Bread
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Cuisine: bread
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 mashed rip bananas
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking sode
  • ⅓ cup pecans
  • ½ cup cherries (cut in half)
  • ½ cup butterscotch chips (when I double I use the entire bag)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease 9x5 bread pans.
  2. Cream sugar with butter.
  3. Beat in eggs.
  4. Add in bananas.
  5. Mix in baking soda and flour.
  6. Stir in pecans, cherries, and butterscotch chips.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour, until a toothpick stuck in middle comes out clean.
  8. Double the recipe and bake in 3 medium pans or 6 mini pans.

Go ahead and whip up a batch and serve it this Christmas!

Another great Christmas day food idea is the Cranberry Almond French Toast Casserole

Cranberry Almond French Toast Casserole

 

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I LOVE the dill flavor. I don’t necessarily love dill pickles by itself, but the dill seasoning is delicious to me.  I was searching for some recipes with dill, and thought I’d share something delicious for those of you dill lovers out there like me.

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Triple Berry White Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

I love that overly ripe banana’s can be celebrated, because they are perfect for banana bread! I don’t generally LOVE banana bread unless it’s chalk full of textured goodness. I like nuts, but my kids don’t. Since I’m pretty much obsessed with all things white chocolate, I thought I’d throw them into the banana bread mix, along with all of the delicious berries hanging out in my fridge. Thus was born the Triple Berry White Chocolate Chip Banana Bread in our home.

Triple Berry White Chocolate Chip Banana BreadBanana Bread

You can certainly use frozen berries, but I used fresh. The juices in the berries make the banana bread SUPER moist, which is the only way I will eat banana bread! It’s often much too dry for me. I need to SEE the moisture!

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Triple Berry White Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
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Fresh strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries make this banana bread delicious and moist, and the white chocolate chips give a yummy texture.
Ingredients
  • 6 ripe bananas, smashed
  • ⅔ cup melted butter
  • 2 cup sugar
  • 2 egg
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 Pinches of salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup strawberries, chopped
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1.5 cups white chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. ) Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. ) In a large bowl, mix mashed bananas and melted butter.
  3. ) Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla.
  4. ) Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in.
  5. ) Add the flour last, mix just enough to blend the ingredients; do not over-mix
  6. ) Add white chocolate chips and mix
  7. ) Add chopped strawberries, raspberries, and whole blueberries to the batter and mix them in to distribute evenly through the batter.
  8. ) Spray a few loaf pans or muffin tins.
  9. ) Bake a large loaf pan for 1 hour or muffin tins for 25 minutes.
  10. ) I made 3 mini loaves and 18 muffins with this mixture. Half the recipe for less.

When I bake, I like to makes lots so I can eat a generous portion, and then share with others. Let me say to my delight and chagrin…that I did eat a generous portion of this triple berry bread. I LOOOOOVED the berries oozing out into every moist bite. Berries are still in season for a little while longer, so whip yourself up a batch (or grab frozen all year long)!

Strawberry Blueberry Raspberry Bread

Do you love banana bread? What are your favorite mix ins? I’d never tried making it with berries before and I LOVED it so much, I think I’ll do it every time now!

You might also like my Moist Pumpkin Muffins with Craisins and Chocolate Chips

25 Delicious Butterscotch Recipes

I love love love butterscotch chips. Just last week, I tried out my friend Leigh Anne’s Butterscotch Blondies and they did not disappoint! I thought I’d share a little collection of delicious looking butterscotch recipes I’ve seen on the web, in case you love them as much as I do.   Feel free to pin the collage if you like them all, but go to the links and pin from their pages if you want just a few.

25 Delicious Butterscotch Recipes www.KristenDuke.com

Starting with the recipe that I’ve had and LOVE….

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