I know I said I would only do recipes on Friday but this is not your AVERAGE recipe so I decided it was okay to share on a Wednesday! :) This is an unusual one but I promise you will LOVE it! Doesn't everyone love home made bread?! The only bad thing about it is when you make it, you need to eat it within a couple of days before it goes bad! NOT ANYMORE!! With Bread in a Jar you can use ANY quick bread recipe (NO YEAST) and it will have a shelf life of 6 months to a year!! CRAZY!! Not only does it last a long time but it is DELICIOUS!! I can't tell you how many times I would make this and send a few jars over to Captain Hunk in Afghanistan! The Soldiers ALL loved it and I even had some asking me to make it for them after they came home!! The recipe I am going to share makes 8 jars but you can easily half it to make four. Before you begin you will need pint size, wide mouth canning jars and lids. It MUST be wide mouth so the bread can slide out easily!
CHOCOLATE APPLESAUCE BREAD IN A JAR (Chocolate Cherry Bread)
1 cup butter
3 cups granulated sugar
4 egg whites whipped
1 Tbl Vanilla
1 tsp Almond Extract
2 cups applesauce-room temp
3 cups flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place a baking sheet onto the middle rack and remove the top rack from the oven. Before starting your batter, wash the jars and lids in hot, soapy water and let jars drain, dry, and cool to room temp. Generously coat inside of jars with butter.
In a mixing bowl, combine butter, sugar, egg whites, vanilla, almond extract and applesauce. In another mixing bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix wet ingredients with dry ingredients until moistened.
Spoon 1 level cupful of batter into each jar. Carefully wipe rims clean.
Place the jars on the baking sheet (so they don't tip over) in the center of the oven. Bake for 40 mins. Keep lids in hot water until they're used. When cakes are done, remove jars one at a time. If rims need cleaning, use a moistened paper towel. Carefully put lids and rings in place, then screw the tops TIGHTLY shut. Place jars on a wire rack. They will seal as they cool.
When you are ready to eat the bread simply remove the lid and dump the bread out. You may want to run a knife along the inside of the jar to help it come out smoothly. Slice and enjoy!