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How far in advance can I make Banana Bread? How do I keep it fresh? Here's the deal. I'm throwing an all-day Halloween party next Sunday. There's a lot to cook and I'd like to get some items out of the way in advance. One of the items that people snarf up is a pumpkin/applesauce spice loaf I make... which, for all intents and purposes, is akin to banana bread. So... how far in advance of the party can I make this bread and how do I store it?

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asked almost 7 years ago

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D22e715c 166f 4578 8ad4 1e169fc809ba  ry 400
added almost 7 years ago

Banana bread freezes beautifully. I would freeze and then take out the day before the party.

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added almost 7 years ago

Peter -- How did the fondue party go? Can you post the pumpkin bread recipe? Usually, quick breads (if tightly wrapped) can be stored at room temp for a few days or can be frozen for at least a few weeks (and maybe just popped in a warm oven once defrosted), but I find that these general rules don't apply quite the same way with especially low fat baked goods. Is the applesauce replacing oil/butter or in addition to it?

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added almost 7 years ago

Alliw, the fondue party was a massive success in general, and the fondues were a huge hit. Indeed, I typically use applesauce in place of oil in the bread recipe I use (which I'll post at some point soon) -- do you think that will affect the way the quality of the bread once defrosted?

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added almost 7 years ago

My hunch is that baked goods made without oil won't freeze as well. Am not certain and would love if others had good experiences with it, but that's my hunch. I think you can improve matters by serving it slightly warm.

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added almost 7 years ago

Since this is for a party and not ongoing home consumption, I'd use at least 1/2 if not all the oil the original recipe called for. I'd make 2 days in advance,wrap well in plastic wrap and it will stay moist and the flavor will improve. If making longer ahead, freezing it will be fine.

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added almost 7 years ago

I say bake now and freeze. But I'm also a huge fan of freezer paper. Wrap in freezer paper then in tin foil or a heavy duty ziploc baggie. I would also pop it in the oven for a minute or so, to freshen it up after it's defrosted.

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added almost 7 years ago

I bet you'd be OK freezing it. I do that with banana bread and it works fine. Cut into slices and wrap individually to make things easier on yourself.

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added almost 7 years ago

maybe do a trial run this weekend?

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E935f21b d722 4870 bfc7 d37d1ef8e084  becky
added almost 7 years ago

Sounds like a great recipe for my son's classroom party--do post when you can! I'm assuming you use canned pumpkin in place of the banana in addition to the apple sauce in place of the oil?

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