I did this back in 2002. I went to a few classes last night and one of them was amazing about Jars. All the things you can do in a jar. She was awesome and got my mind going again for the holiday. Very exciting because – I LOVE JARS!!! So she asked me what do I do with jars. This is one of the things I do. I need to update my photo as this is dated 2002. But it is wonderful!!
You bake the bread IN the jar. Carefully but it can be baked. And then it seals itself and the bread is SOOOO beyond moist!! Its amazing!! Wide mouth jars are best because you need to be able to get your bread out.
2/3 cup shortening
2 2/3 cup white sugar
2 cups mashed bananas
2/3 cup water
3 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
2/3 cup chopped pecans
– Cream shortening and sugar. Beat in eggs, bananas, and water.
– Sift together flour, baking powder, soda and salt, cinnamon and cloves.
– Add to banana mixture. Stir in nuts. Pour mixture into greased WIDE MOUTH pint jars, filling 1/2 full of batter. 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 at 325 degrees F for 45 minutes.
– You can put the jars on a cookie sheet and bake for easier baking. BE SURE you have plenty of space between the jars so it evenly bakes. If the jars are too close together you will not be able to get even baking and will have raw centers.
– Meanwhile the bread is baking, sterilize the lids and rings in boiling water.
– As soon as the bread is done, remove from oven one at a time, wipe rims of jars and put on lids and rings. Jars will seal as bread cools. Place jars on the counter and listen for them to “ping” as they seal. If you miss the “ping”, wait until they are completely cooled and press on the top of the lid. If it doesn’t move at all, it is sealed.
– Unsealed jars should be eaten or kept in the refrigerator for up to a week. Sealed jars can be stored in a cool dry place for up to 6 weeks. So these are gifts you can make plenty of time ahead.
– You may use decorative fabric placed between the ring and the lid for holiday decoration and give as gifts. Just be sure to have the circles cut before the jars are done cooking. Slip in a piece of fabric soon after baking when adding the lids/ring. Decorate after the bread has cooled.
This will make approx 10-12 jars of bread.