Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Back to Basics - Seasonal Baking

In preparation for this Friday's GET R DONE post, I've actually been getting r done all week! On Monday, I baked some Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Quick Bread, sampled some, and packed up the rest for Mr. Wonderful to take to work with him the following morning. Sharing with co-workers is a great way to clean up 'left overs', so to speak! GET R DONE!

Apparently it went over pretty well. One lady told him that if I'd bake a loaf of banana bread, she would buy it from me. Hmmmm. Okay - I'm in the mood! Actually, I haven't baked in a good long time, but the Fall/Winter season seems to bring out the Baker and Crafter in me. Tis the Season! And SO - see BELOW!If you read the tag, the ingredients justifies the price...Do you think $4.00 for a loaf of this quick bread is outrageous? If SO, let me KNOW! (waxing poetic today, it seems!)

Here is the recipe I used. It is not my own, but I adjusted all of it to fit what I wanted to create. I called it "Amazingly Amish-like: Banana Bread"! It turned out so well, I thought if I could make more baked goods as tasty as this, I could purchase an Amish buggy, hitch Suzy up, and rent a space in a busy shopping center parking lot to hawk these goodies!Hey folks - I think she's 'turning a deaf ear' again! Silly horse! Anyways, the recipe:

Amazingly Amish-like Banana Bread

10 TBS Sweet Cream Butter
1 cup mashed ripe Organic Bananas (about 3 regular sized)
1/2 cup milk with 1 tsp vinegar added (sours the milk)
2 med. Country Fresh Eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 cups unbleached flour (sifted twice before using)
3/4 cup of sugar
1 tsp baking soda (check the expiration dates, please!)
3/4 tsp baking powder (check the expiration date, too, please!)
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1 cup toasted chopped walnuts (toasting releases the oils and flavors - very rewarding!)

Preheat oven to 350 deg. Lightly grease a 9 1/4 x 5 1/4 in. loaf pan
Puree bananas, soured milk, eggs, and vanilla extremely well. Use food processor, if available.
Sift the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Add butter, cut up, and mix on low speed until well blended. Add the banana mixture in 3 batches, scraping the sides of the bowl, and mix on medium speed between each addition. Fold in the walnuts.
Fill the loaf pan 3/4 of the way to the top. (I had a little extra, so I did the same with an aluminum mini-loaf pay - great for sampling!) Bake until lightly browned and bread bounces back to the touch, about 1 hr 10 min. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 min. before turning out onto wire rack to complete cooling process.
I ran short of clear wrap, so I used what was left on the top, to show off the bread a little, and wrapped the remainder in tin foil, binding it with a raffia tie, bearded wheat, and a tag that I created using free clipart I found on the internet. I would give credit to the designer, but I don't recall where I found this image. If anyone recognizes it, let me know, please. I would like to thank her!

P.S. > Mr. Wonderful just phoned and said he took an order for next Tuesday for the Oatmeal Chocloate Chip Bread, and also another loaf of this Amazingly Amish-like Banana Bread! He also informed me that I may have an order for 10 more loaves of banana bread at a small corner store - but I have to figure a price so the owner can make some money as well....Wow - never thought I'd go into the bakery business! Big fun for the Holidays! GET R DONE!


9 comments:

Chatty Crone said...

That was beautifully wrapped and I am sure it tastes great. I am thinking $5. I'd pay that. I don't want to put price your item, but with organic bananas and farm fresh eggs - how much did that cost you - plus the time. You have to make sure you make something on it.

I'd love it!

Carmen C. said...

That sounds really good, and NO, $ 4.00 is not too much judging the wholesome ingredients:)

Angela said...

That sounds great! Who knows you might turn into the next Paula Deen! hehehe That is how she got started.

I'm not sure if $4 is enough to charge. How much do you have in your ingredients? I was just at the bakery here in Spring Hill, WV and they were charging $6 for a dozen of cookies! I think I paid $8 for a cake. Seems like I pay a little over $4 for Rasin Bread at Panera Bread.

If you have a SamsClub close by you can get your bananas there much cheaper than the grocery stores. That's where I buy mine at. That could help out with your profits!

My zucchini bread recipe is on my blog if you want to try to make that too! lol That one isn't cheap to make though..... But it sure does taste great!

That does sound exciting though!

Hugs,
Angela

April said...

Definitely not too much to ask...I know I'd pay it! That bread sounds divine!

Diann said...

Woohoo! Getting sales for your bread is awesome! And I think $4.00 is very reasonable!

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

Around here $4 is not too much for a homebaked loaf.

Dearie, consider just getting some cellophane bags to slip those loaves in. SO much easier...they are usually very reasonable...do you have a Dollar Tree thereabouts, or a Walmart, or a Hobby Lobby or Michaels? Or order online...get the food-safe ones...cellophane breaks down nicely so it will mesh with your greeny ways, too...

farmlady said...

I agree with Dame Penniwig in that you could buy cellophane bags for the loaves.
The price should reflect what your cost is and how much profit the market will bare. Folks are welling to pay for something that they don't or can't make themselves.
I see some outrageous prices for food in specialty stores around here. $4.00 is not expensive at all for a homemade loaf of bread or cake.

ocmist said...

I don't think that $4 is enough either... $5 would be more like it, and maybe $4 to that store. This sounds so yummy. I love all things banana and nuts, and Banana Bread used to be my favorite before I became allergic to both Bananas AND Walnuts! Talk about a BUMMER!!!

Have fun with this and I hope you get a chance to make some extra spending money for Christmas as well! Linda

ocmist said...

I don't think that $4 is enough either... $5 would be more like it, and maybe $4 to that store. This sounds so yummy. I love all things banana and nuts, and Banana Bread used to be my favorite before I became allergic to both Bananas AND Walnuts! Talk about a BUMMER!!!

Have fun with this and I hope you get a chance to make some extra spending money for Christmas as well! Linda