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Food plays a huge part in our family holiday gatherings. I have recipes that I make only one time a year – and everyone expects them. Certain dishes are burned into our memory. For instance my husband still talks about the squash casserole my sister-in-law made for Thanksgiving four years ago. Funny thing is – the dish was simple. When I ask for the recipe she told me it was squash, butter, salt and pepper! I don’t think complicated necessarily equals a great recipe. Every now and then it’s a good idea to try a new recipe and bring something different to the party. Remember it doesn’t have to be complicated to be delicious. I have a feeling this Easy Banana Bread is going to become one of my favorites – so easy, moist and full of flavor.
I really liked this recipe for Easy Banana Bread from the KRAFT website because it’s simple to make and uses basic ingredients. There is one ingredient that you might not expect to find in a banana recipe — Original KRAFT MIRACLE WHIP Dressing!
I knew we were stopping by Walmart later to pick up wrapping paper and a few gifts so I added MIRACLE WHIP Dressing to the list. My jar was getting low and I knew I also wanted to use it on a few party dips and for leftover ham sandwiches so I bought the big 30 oz jar.
The recipe calls for bananas, egg, sugar, flour, PLANTERS walnuts, baking soda, salt, and of course KRAFT MIRACLE WHIP Dressing.
You start by whisking together 1 and 1/3 cup of fully ripe mashed bananas, one egg and 1/2 cup MIRACLE WHIP Dressing.
Mix your dry ingredients together (1 cup sugar, 1 and 1/2 flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1/2 cup PLANTERS walnuts).
Then mix the dry ingredients into the banana mixture – just until moistened.
Then pour the mixture into a greased 9 x 5 bread pan and bake for about an hour (or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out cleanly). Let cool for 10 minutes. Then remove bread from pan to finish cooling on a wire rack.
It didn’t take long for the whole house to fill up with the wonderful aroma of nutty banana bread.
The bread turned out deliciously moist and perfect for giving, so make sure you make more than one loaf. You know the one for me, one for you thing.
To wrap up my gift I used a piece of wax paper big enough to cover the bottom and sides of the bread. Then I put it in a plastic bakery bag and tied with a pretty ribbon. The perfect gift!
In addition to making a great gift it also makes a great quick breakfast. Microwave a slice to warm it up and put a little butter on it – goes great with your morning cup of coffee or juice.
If you’re looking for more inspiration please check out the KRAFT Cooking Up Good Website for plenty of recipes, sweepstakes, loyalty programs, coupons and more! If you’re looking for some ideas on what to make for dinner or would like to try your luck at winning some awesome prizes, be sure to check it out.
Have a wonderful Holiday!