Place several loaves in a beautifully decorated basket. Add small jars of jam, preservers, or Honey Butter (see recipe below), add a Christmas spreader knife, a Christmas tea towel, and various cocoas, teas, or flavored coffees. Great for those moms on the go!
Heat over to 350 degrees and grease bottoms of 10 miniature loaf pans.
Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups sugar, 1/2 cup softened butter or margarine, 2 eggs, 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (3 to 4 medium), 1/2 cup buttermilk, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 cup chopped nuts, if desired.
Mix sugar and butter in a large bowl with spoon. Stir in eggs until well-blended. Add bananas, buttermilk and vanilla; beat until smooth. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt just until moistened. Stir in nuts. Divide batter among pans. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes. Loosen sides of loaves from pans; remove from pans to wire rack. Cool completely, about 2 hours. Wrap tightly with Saran wrap and store at room temperature up to 4 days, or refrigerate up to 10 days.