Saturday, December 14, 2013

Cranberry Jalapeno Banana Bread for Christmas...Not Your Grandma's Fruit Cake

It's that time of year again when Holiday Baking starts. I am one of those folks who happens to really love fruit cake. BUT no one else here does so I never make any. Year I decided to do my own version of a Fruit Cake that everyone will like.

Cranberry Jalapeno Banana Bread
1/4 cup coconut oil or applesauce
1 cup sugar
1 egg
3 cups gluten free bisquik or all purpose flour
3 tsp baking power
1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 large smashed bananas
1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp vanilla'
1 tsp orange peel
Juice from the orange you just zested
2 cups of cranberries
1/2 tablespoon lemon peel
1 cup Cranberry Jalapeno Jam
1 cup of nuts chopped your choice if you want to add them.

Cream together the sugar and coconut oil. Add egg and vanilla. Add dry ingredients alternately with the banana, water and orange.lemon peel and the juice from the orange. Add in the 2 cups of cranberry jalapeno jam. Mix in the cranberries by hand.

I use mini loaf pans and it fills up 4 silicone pans. If you are using regular pans grease and flour before adding the mixture. What is left over out into the bottom of a loaf pan. this will make a bar like "cookie". I  did not add nuts to the loaves but sprinkled it on the top of the one baked in the single loaf pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 60-75 minutes. loves take longer to cook.

Cranberry Jalapeno Jam
1 bag of cranberries
1 orange juiced
2 pears chopped
1 granny smith apple
 1/4 cup of honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves

Place all together in pan and add water to float the cranberries. Cook until nice and thick. Allow to cool and store in the fridge.