A Southern Grace: new and different! #giveaway

March 20, 2018

new and different! #giveaway

Yum

Banana ginger jam. I like banana bread as much as the next person. In fact, I've been known to buys bananas solely for that purpose rather than wait for some to go uneaten.


That said, I do get tired of making banana bread, even though there are literally thousands of recipes for it. So, when I saw this recipe for banana jam, I thought it would be a marvelous new way to use some very ripe bananas (plus some I've had in the freezer for ages).

This stuff is shockingly good! I love the flavor of bananas, and when I first tasted this jam, I could swear I was eating some banana pudding. The ginger imparts a little spiciness and chewiness (since it was candied). Though the banana flavor is strong, the vanilla bean paste comes through wonderfully and gives the whole thing a nice balance.


Wondering about my vanilla bean paste? I've wanted to try it for years, and I finally received a bottle from Nielsen-Massey to review. Their Pure Vanilla Bean Paste is essentially their vanilla extract plus the addition of real beans from the vanilla pod. The flavor profile is a classic, rich vanilla taste, and you can't discount the awesomeness of those lovely black flecks!

Want to win your own bottle of Nielsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Bean Paste? Enter using the widget below the recipe, and I'll contact the winner in about a week, on March 28th!

Banana Jammer
(printable recipe)
Based on this recipe
Makes about 3 cups
Ingredients:
  • 6 large very ripe bananas (2 to 2-1/2 cups mashed)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup candied ginger, chopped
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons Nielsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Bean Paste
Directions:
Combine the mashed bananas and sugars in a medium pot.
Set over medium-low heat and bring to a simmer.
Add the candied ginger, lime juice, water, and salt.
Continue to cook at a steady simmer for 10-20 minutes, until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally.
Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla bean paste.
Spoon the hot jam into jars, then either sterilize or seal with a lid and keep in the fridge.

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39 comments:

Angie Schneider said...

I buy bananas also for making banana bread :-)) This is another great recipe to try my overripe bananas, Grace.

G. Parker said...

I would never have thought of Banana jam... can't wait to try it, just bought some VERY ripe bananas yesterday.:)

Pam said...

I love their vanilla bean paste. I've never had banana jam and now I want it! YUM.

Patricia Bacon said...

I love trying new things and this banana ginger jam sounds absolutely scrumptious. One problem,though, not sure where I can get the vanilla bean paste in this part of Canada. What could I substitute for it? Thanks.

♡♥♬ Carolsue ♡♥♬ said...

I am definitely Team Vanilla! I like it much more than chocolate in just about everything.

J said...

I'm definitely on Team chocolate all the way..esp dark chocolate! I've never tried vanilla bean paste..always use vanilla extract in baked goods.That banana jam..yum!

Tania|MyKitchenStories said...

I reckon besides banana bread this would be my top pick for Bananas (which I only buy to cook with)

grace said...

@Patricia: You can just use vanilla extract instead! It's a direct substitution. :)

Pam said...

Sounds delicious and perfect for ripe bananas!

All That I'm Eating said...

I love the sound of the banana and lime together in this, delicious!

Denise Morse said...

I love vanilla bean paste but it is so hard to find, and my amazon order keeps selling out

Anonymous said...

Gotta go with chocolate, 99% of the time! I prefer dark chocolate over milk.

Calvin F. said...

Hard to say... but I will go with vanilla as it smells sooo good

Adina said...

Banana bread is always a treat, but what does it for me in this recipe is the use of candied ginger, I put that in some gingersnaps I baked before Christmas and they were unbelievably good. I will keep this recipe in mind for the next time I make banana bread.

carol clark said...

im team vanilla hands down

Gerlinde de Broekert said...

I love the idea of banana jam, what a great idea. I usually make banana bread with older bananas.

Velva said...

Who would of thought of making banana jam- Fabulous idea. I have never thought of doing anything else with bananas other than eating them and making banana bread. I am on team vanilla :-)

Velva

Toaster Oven Love said...

Banana jam, what a cool idea! You had me at candied ginger but then the vanilla bean paste too, swoon. I bet it would taste fantastic swirled into some Greek yogurt :)

Kayla Klontz said...

I'd have to say the vanilla, i'm a total vanilla girl.

Susan Christy said...

I was chocolate forever, and recently converted to vanilla.

Alice Minx said...

Oh that;s a tough one. it depends on the day, the food, the situation and my mood.. I'm team both

Erin said...

I am team chocolate but for certain things I stick to vanilla.

Kimberly Myers said...

I am definitely team chocolate but my husband is team vanilla, so I make more vanilla stuff to keep his sweet tooth satisfied.

1porkchop said...

I think you can make the case for both vanilla and chocolate. Vanilla wins the scent debate hands down, but for overall flavor, I think I give the edge to chocolate.

Ashley Kolpak said...

Vanilla!

Julie Waldron said...

I'm on Team Chocolate!

Cassandra D. said...

Team Chocolate.

Kelsey Vinson said...

Team Vanilla

klahane ridge said...

Ahhhh, so hard to pick a team but I’d say team vanilla juuust edges out team chocolate for me. :) This banana jammer recipe looks amazing, I gotta try it!

Eileen Boyce said...

Team vanilla for me.

Anonymous said...

What a great idea Grace! I'll bet if I put this on my homemade wheat bread I could tell myself it was just like banana bread! I loved my vanilla paste from Nielsen-Massey too!

Inger@Art of Natural Living said...

That's me above Grace--missed the checkbox and it cleared out my name ;-)

Marcelle said...

Wow, I've never heard of banana jam and it does look delicious! I'm sorry I missed a chance at your give away for the vanilla bean paste, but it sounds like a great product. I'll have to try it!

Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen said...

Banana JAM? That sounds incredible! Who needs banana bread when you can just make jam and spread it on regular bread? :)

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

Well, I guess I am to late for the contest! But, this jam.... I am intrigued. I bet the aroma is absolutely lovely, too!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

The food 52 recipe looks exactly like one from a famous banana place called The Big Banana in Australia! I like your addition of ginger though.

Food Gal said...

Now this looks like something new and fun to spread on my usual morning toast. If it has ginger, too, all the better! ;)

Amy (Savory Moments) said...

What a creative idea to use bananas in a jam! It looks delicious.

Emma - Bake Then Eat said...

I always buy extra bananas for banana bread, but next time I am making this jam. OMG, this sounds amazing!