We can hopefully all agree that homemade gifts are some of the best. When you are good in the kitchen, nothing feels better than spreading the love and giving something delicious that you made- am I right? I’m giving people baked goods all year round, but this recipe is extra special. It is so compact, so perfectly portioned and packaged that handing them out made me giddy. Why have I never thought to bake something in a jar before?? It works so well and is just so darn cute.
For these I made my favorite Best Banana Bread (ever.) I added chocolate chips and it was to die for. As I mention in the notes section of the recipe, putting the lid on the jars right out of the oven creates a steam affect that makes this bread even more moist than normal. We had a jar 3 days after baking and it was perfection. (In case you’re wondering- just flip the jar upside down and the bread slides right out. Warming it slightly makes it even easier!)
Baking right inside the jar was more simple than I’d imagined. First you of course have to grease the inside of the jars, and then your batter goes in- about 2/3 full seemed to work well. Don’t make the mistake of trying to bake these on a cookie sheet though- they only bake evenly when placed directly on the oven rack. (Which seemed tricky but isn’t so bad.) They bake up perfectly even and the lids actually self-seal keeping the bread airtight and lasting up to a week. Some pretty ribbon, a label, and a fabric square and you have one adorable homemade gift!
(These labels came from Minted as a free gift with my Christmas Cards. So cute I may need to order more!)
- 2 sticks (1 cup) of butter, melted
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar (light or dark)
- 4 eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup of sour cream, greek yogurt, OR buttermilk
- 6 very ripe bananas, mashed (I usually use medium-large sized ones)
- 1 cup chocolate chips (I like mini)
- Preheat oven to 325F. Grease or spray 8 wide-mouth pint jars, set aside.
- In a large bowl whisk together the melted butter, and sugars. Add the eggs one and a time and vanilla and whisk until smooth.
- Sprinkle the flour, baking soda and salt over the butter mixture and stir to mix until just combined.
- Fold in the bananas and sour cream/yogurt/buttermilk. Gently fold in the chocolate chips.
- Carefully spoon batter into jars, filling about ⅔ of the way. Wipe the rim of the jar down in case any batter spilled/splashed.
- Place the jars directly into the oven, carefully arranging them on a middle rack. Meanwhile sterilize the lids of the jars in boiling water and set aside.
- Bake for about 45 minutes, or until loaves are golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Place the lids onto the jars right out of the oven- in about 10 minutes you should hear a "pop" and they are sealed. Bread will last in the jar up to a week.