Gifts from the Kitchen

I don’t know about you, but I’ll admit that shopping is not one of my favorite things. This can be a good thing, but it is a bit of a drawback during the holiday season. To tell you the truth, I’d much rather be baking holiday treats in a warm, cozy kitchen, than making a trip to the mall.

Thankfully, a gift from the kitchen is just the right thing for the special people in our lives – teachers, shut-ins or a helpful neighbor. A favorite family recipe means a lot when shared with a friend and it doesn’t have to be fancy or time-consuming. Best of all, this kind of gift doesn’t make the recipient feel like they have to rush out and buy something for you in return.

The presentation can be as simple as wrapping with plastic wrap and adding a ribbon. Of course, if you have time, it’s fun to add a little something extra like tins or jars for cookies or a cutting board to go with a loaf of bread.

Quick loaves like banana bread make great gifts. This Chocolate Hazelnut Fruit Bread is a holiday twist on banana bread dressed up with chocolate chips, cranberries and hazelnuts. And for classic banana bread, my favorite is a recipe that was shared with us by Lisa Hooper who worked with me for several years in the Martha White® Test Kitchen – her Aunt Lois’ Banana Nut Bread recipe. You must give it a try. I hope you enjoy it as much as we have. Thanks, Lisa.

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