Menu Plan Monday: Thanksgiving Hummingbird Bread

This week, I’m trying a new recipe I’ve adapted that I think would be a cozy, delicious addition to any Thanksgiving menu: Thanksgiving Hummingbird Bread.

I use the term “bread” loosely, as this is really more of a cake. Just more to be thankful for!

My interest in “hummingbird” food was piqued last month, when Hummingbird Pie was on the menu at a local restaurant. It seems to be a Southern thing. Hey, I lived in Birmingham, Alabama for two years. Does that make me Southern enough?

Hummingbird Bread

1 package yellow cake mix (or make your own)

1 3.4 oz package vanilla instant pudding

4 eggs

1/4 cup oil

1 teaspoon cinnamon

20 oz. can crushed pineapple, juice drained and 1 cup reserved

2 ripe bananas, mashed


Preheat over to 350 degrees.

Combine cake mix, pudding mix, reserved pineapple juice, eggs and oil in a large bowl with mixer 2 minutes.

Add crushed pineapple and bananas; mix just until blended.

Pour into 2 loaf pans coated with cooking spray.

Bake 60 minutes, or until done.

Cool. Drizzle with cream cheese glaze:

2 oz. softened cream cheese mixed with 1 Tablespoon milk and 1/2 cup powdered sugar.


Here’s the week’s menus:

Monday: Stir Fry — I cut up a few carrots, a chicken breast, and add snow peas and cook that in a skillet with soy sauce. Add a package of beans sprouts and served with rice.

Tuesday: Spicy Potato Casserole — I found this in a magazine and thought it looked good (one of my daughter’s favorite recipes has the same name, although it’s different). Then I noticed that the woman who submitted this recipe lives within 30 miles of me. Small world!

Wednesday: Eggplant Parmesan — although it’s a challenge with 3 picky tweens/teens, I try to keep menus healthy. Hopefully they’ll eat this!

Thursday: Fish night — I’ve pretty much accepted that the fish my kids will eat comes in a box and is made by Gorton’s or VanKamp’s.

Friday: Bean Soup — the other week at church, each family got a bag with bean soup mix in it. We’ll eat that, with bread from the bread machine.

More menu ideas at OrgJunkie‘s.

4 thoughts on “Menu Plan Monday: Thanksgiving Hummingbird Bread

  1. Hummingbird Cake is delicious. I know the 4-H Cookbook had recipes for that cake.

  2. Don’t give up on the eggplant – I got Peeps to try it again and actually agree to eat it again – after [forty-mumble] years of his “hating” eggplant. 😀

  3. The spicy potato casserole looks delicious. I bet I’d love it, but couldn’t make it because it’s way too much for me.

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