I had really big plans today. Six bananas that were way past their prime (ok, they were rotten) were calling to me to make banana bread. They wanted to be special though. They wanted to be baked in some paper baskets like these to be given as a gift. The only problem was the six stores I went to today did not have anything like them in stock and these bananas were gonna spill their guts before I could order the baskets on line and get them in my hands. The only thing to do was to make my own. I just kind of made this up as I went along, so hopefully it will make sense to you if you decide to make some too!
This is what to do:
- Print out this template (it is for a 5(Length)X2.25(Wide)X2(Deep) inch loaf which is half of a normal loaf and I measured the INSIDE of the bottom of the pan), trace onto some parchment and cut it out. If your pan is a different size, you will need to make the appropriate adjustments to your template.
- Cut out a piece of cardboard the same size as the bottom inside of the pan (in this case 5X2.25 inches)
- Place the cardboard piece in the center of the parchment and fold the parchment around the edges of the cardboard like so:
- Now, line up the folds in a corner so the extra paper is on the outside of the basket like this
Before filling the baskets with batter, you could use a pair of decorative scissors around the top edge to give it a little more pizazz (I left mine plain).
After the loaves are done baking and have cooled, one way to dress them up a little is to print out the template on decorative paper, fold it like you did the parchment, place the loaf in the decorative basket and tie with baker's twine. (I'm not sure why I took this photo without the loaf in the decorative basket, but you get the idea don't you?)