|Written by bernijean|
Intro: It's easy make a dozen pint-sized loafs of moist and flavorful banana nut bread to keep or to give as gifts. It is possible to make and store banana nut bread in canning jars and keep it for up to a year.
2/3 cup of shortening
2/3 cup of water
2 and 2/3 cups of granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
3 and 1/3 cups of all purpose flour
2 cups of mashed bananas
1 and Â˝ teaspoon of salt
2/3 cups of chopped walnuts or pecans
1 teaspoon of ground cloves
1 teaspoon of cinnamon (ground)
2 teaspoons of baking soda
Utensils Needed: One dozen pint canning jars, a funnel, one dozen lids with bands, bowls, spoons
Step 1: Sterilize jars in a canner or a large pot. Fill canner or pot with hot water and place jars in this with the tops up, fill jars with hot water also. Make sure water is one inch above the jar tops. Boil 10 minutes in altitudes less than 1,000 ft. At higher altitudes, boil one extra minute for each additional 1,000 ft. of elevation. Remove drain and dry hot sterilized jars with clean cloth.
Step 2: Preheat oven
Step 3: Wipe inside of jars down with vegetable oil
Step 4: Mix shortening and sugar in a large bowl until it is fluffy
Step 5: Mash bananas in a smaller bowl
Step 6: Add eggs and water to bananas mix well and then add to the shortening and sugar that is in the large bowl
Step 7: Mix together all the dry ingredientsâ€•flour, baking powder cinnamon, salt baking soda and cloves
Step 8: Add dry ingredients to banana, shortening and sugar mixture and mix well
Step 9: Stir in nuts
Step 10: Use a canning funnel and pour mixture into greased pint jars, only fill to half full
Step 11: Place jars on the oven rack and bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes
Step 12: After jars have cooled, until warm, not hot, screw on the lids and bands. You should hear a Ping or popping noise and the lid will go down slightly when the jar is sealed.
Warning: Make sure to keep the tops of the jars clean; don't let batter stay on the rims to become baked on. If the batter happens to rise above the tops of the jars it is okay. It can be pressed down when you put the lids on the jars.
Hint: The banana nut bread slides out of the jars easily. You can add a decorative touch with a label and a circle of pretty fabric under the band, on top of the sealed lid.
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