Banana Mincemeat Bread

I had made a large quantity of mincemeat for Christmas but I just didn’t have the time to make anything. I was just looking up some recipes featuring mincemeat and came across this interesting one. As I had some over ripe bananas as well, I was rather pleased. It’s something that I could eat at anytime of the day.

The bread was really delicious and the combination of the bananas with the boozy mincemeat was great. I could taste the subtle flavour of both and it was a big hit with my family and friends. It’s definitely going to be something I make often.

It’s easy to make and is perfect over a cup of tea or even in the morning if you’re rushed for time.

This recipe is from the book American Cooking.

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PREP: 20 minutes COOK TIME: 1 hour

Ingredients

¼ cup butter

½ cup sugar

2 eggs

11/4 cup sifted flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

¼ tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 cup mashed bananas

1 cup mincemeat, drained

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 160 C. Butter and line a loaf tin with parchment paper. I used a double lining for the tin.

Sift the flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, salt and soda together.

Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat well. Add the flour mixture to the butter alternating with the bananas and mincemeat. Mix well. Spoon into the buttered loaf tin. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes, depending on the oven. Cool.

 

Moist Zucchini Bread

Zucchini is one of my favourite vegetables. It’s so easy to prepare and it’s so versatile. It can be used in a variety of cakes and other baked goods. It doesn’t alter the taste and it’s super healthy and so moist.

When I saw this recipe from King Arthur Flour, I decided that I must try it. The result was so good and the best part about it is it’s so easy. It was chock full of walnuts and raisins and very moist. The top tends to be a bit soft, but as long as the toothpick comes out clean, the bread is done.

Since it contains zucchini, it doesn’t keep for very long. It can be stored in a container for several days or frozen if you want to keep it for a longer period. But I must tell you, it doesn’t last that long!

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This recipe yields an 8 ½” x 4” loaf.

PREP: 15 minutes COOK TIME: 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4th cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 3/4th cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 3/4th cup walnuts, chopped
  • 3/4th cup golden raisins
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar for sprinkling on top

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Lightly grease an 8 1/2”x 4” loaf pan.

Beat the brown sugar, milk, vegetable oil, eggs and vanilla in a large mixing bowl until smooth.

In a separate bowl, mix the baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon into the flour. Mix the dry ingredients with the liquid ingredients until creamy and smooth.

Stir in the zucchini, walnuts and raisins.

Scoop the batter into the prepared loaf pan, smoothing the top as required and sprinkle the brown sugar on top.

Bake for 50 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Remove the bread from the pan after it has cooled for 10 minutes. Turn it out on to a rack to cool completely. Slice the bread after it has cooled completely.