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.
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.
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?”
So here is the recipe for the Christmas Banana Bread
- 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)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease 9×5 bread pans.
- Cream sugar with butter.
- Beat in eggs.
- Add in bananas.
- Mix in baking soda and flour.
- Stir in pecans, cherries, and butterscotch chips.
- Bake for 45 minutes to an hour, until a toothpick stuck in middle comes out clean.
- 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