Unfortunately being a busy, working mamma doesn’t always go hand in hand with extra time for baking homemade goodies like my favorite banana bread recipe
…. that was until this last year when I had the pleasure of reading Not Your Mother’s Make Ahead And Freeze Cookbook
! Jessica Fisher opened my eyes to the world of ‘freezer cooking.’
There are many different ways people handle freezer cooking – but today it worked like this. I had 9 brown bananas in my freezer just waiting to be made into banana bread and had a spare few minutes to get it done. Instead of making one small batch I decided to double it. I now have banana bread for today’s snack, tomorrow’s breakfast AND 6 more loaves to freeze for future use without adding any extra time. We really like freeze ahead banana bread mini-loaves because they’re perfect for putting into our lunch bag – by the time we get to eat our lunch the loaf of bread is thawed! 🙂
My Grandmommy’s Homemade Freeze Ahead Banana Bread
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 cup shortening
3-5 bananas (I prefer 4 large)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Optional: 1 cup of chopped nuts
Directions to bake:
- Preheat oven to 350.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream sugar and shortening.
- Add eggs & vanilla, beat until fluffy.
- Add bananas then stir in mixture of remaining dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder & salt). If adding nuts stir in now.
- Pour into greased loaf pans.
- Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes for regular sized loaves or 30 minutes for mini-loaves or until tooth-pick comes out clean.)
- Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn onto rack and cool thoroughly.
- Serve with cream cheese or butter.
Directions to freeze:
- Once entirely cool, roll each loaf in waxed paper individually.
- Place individual rolls into large ziplock bag. Use a straw to suck out remaining air before sealing.
- Put into freezer & use within 3 months for best results.
- To thaw, leave at room temperature for 2-4 hours.
What baked goods does your family freeze ahead? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.