Thursday, July 29, 2010

Banana Butter

Was at the grocery store and found a nice big bag of reduced price bananas that were starting to turn brown, still good, but needed to be eaten or used straight away.  At 15 cents cheaper than normal, the price was decent.  I have several banana jam recipes but they are all overly complex and I don't have half the ingredents so I did a search and came across this one.

banana preserves!
so we had four bananas that were going bad and were into the banana-bread range, but we had no flour or eggs, so i found this recipe instead:

banana preserves:
4 bananas
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 1/2 c sugar
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice / few shakes of cinnamon, ginger and cloves

mash up the bananas with the lemon juice
put the mash into a pan and bring to a boil, stirring so it doesn's splatter all over and kill you
once it thins out and breaks down some, throw in the sugar and the spice and bring back to a careful, non-killing boil
reduce heat and stir for 15 to 20 minutes while it simmers and thickens
jar up and seal (i do the boil-the-jar-while-everything's-cooking method)
made two moderately-sized random jar fulls
ate the last tablespoon or so on toast and it makes the regular bread taste like banana bread

oh, and i threw in the last maybe half-teaspoon of light rum which really didn't change the flavor at all, but maybe brandy or sherry would be a nice addition.

First off, I love the humor in the recipe and the simplicity is great!  I didn't add the rum though.  I tripled the banana count but only used 3 cups of sugar (seriously, why does everything have to be so ridiculously sweet?) and 6 tablespoons of lemon juice.  Once it started cooking down I took out my hand blender and pureed it. Let it cook down by half and it was sheeting off a spoon.  Processed 10 minutes.
Landed myself 7 half pints.

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