Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Christmas Goodies and Recipes

I got fooling around with my banana bread recipe and created something great, just in time for Christmas! Following is the recipe for Banana Nut Craisin Bread. Rich and moist and flavorful, I think you're gonna love it. And it goes really well with a glass of eggnogg!

Banana Nut Craisin Bread

3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1+1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
3 Tablespoons milk
2 Tablespoons eggnog
4 ripe, mashed bananas
1 cup chopped mixed nuts
2 cups Craisins

Heat oven to 350 degrees
Mix first 4 ingredients in small bowl. Cream sugar with butter until light and stir in eggs. Beat in bananas, milk and eggnog. Beat flour mixture into banana mixture thoroughly; stir in nuts and craisins.
Divide evenly between 2 greased loaf pans. Bake for 1 hour, cool and slice.

Speaking of great Christmas recipes, the fabulous Christy of The Daily Dish held a recipe contest and my Grandma's Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Fudge made the cut. Grandma made it for family, friends, and to sell at all the community events in Madison, Indiana. And I won some Lindt chocolates, too, how cool is that! Christy is posting a recipe a day from now 'til Christmas Eve. There will be lots of great things, and it's possible another of mine might appear, too. As an added bonus, Christy reduces the sodium in her recipes, but leaves the "delicious!" This is helpful to so many, many people who can't have sodium (like me!), and she does this site out of the goodness of her heart. But that doesn't mean there are no expenses, so if you can, out of the goodness of YOUR heart, consider leaving a donation to help with her costs.

(Here's a pic of my Grandma selling her fudge.)

8 comments:

Sparky ♥ ∞ said...

Oh, I *LOVE* Banana Nut Bread!! My step mom used to make the absolute best I've ever had. The smell of it baking is a very happy memory indeed and quite Christmasy. ♥ ∞

thedailydish said...

WOW - what a lovely post Trace! Thanks so much for the props. And I absolutely LOVE the photo of your grandmother w/ her famous fudge. That's really one to cherish. Thanks so much again.

PS: YES - definitely another recipe coming... :)

Wanda said...

Great idea ~~ I'll use that recipe. I start my baking tomorrow.

Love, Love, Love the picture of your Grandma and her fudge. Priceless.

daffy said...

Grandma looks pretty happy with her fudge! How lovely!
I love the word 'eggnogg', not sure if that has any relevance other than the fact that it's a Christmassy word! :o)
Christy is a superstar, there is no doubt!

Connie said...

You are so generous with your recipes and compliments! I love the photo of your Grandma...I loved cooking with mine! I will have to try the yummy fudge...I am sure it would be better if you cooked it and sent it :) however will make do with making it myself!!! (((hugs)))

Connie said...

You are so generous with your recipes and compliments! I love the photo of your Grandma...I loved cooking with mine! I will have to try the yummy fudge...I am sure it would be better if you cooked it and sent it :) however will make do with making it myself!!! (((hugs)))

girlsinwhitedresses said...

Your banana bread ... yum!!! And Grandma's fudge sounds great, too - does she live in Madison? Such a cool town (I'm a hoosier too)!
Susan

nikkipolani said...

Love that pic of your Grandma and her goodies. Not having come from a candy-making family, it seems quite a novelty to me.

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