Brown Butter Bourbon Banana Bread

BANANA!!! In honor of this banana bread we have to sing the Minions banana song! I had been craving banana bread for so long and finally made it three weekends ago. Yes, and I am just posting this now. Shame on me…

Brown butter is really good stuff! Bourbon is great! Mix in some mashed bananas and you have yourself a very moist, yummy bread. You can add chocolate chips but then you will mess up the ‘B’ thing going on and we don’t want that.

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Buttermilk! Of course! You see 3 bananas but I actually ended up using 4. Now go and preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and grease a standard loaf pan. I greased mine, put some parchment paper and greased the paper. That way, it is easier to remove the good stuff from the pan.
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Melt the 8 tbsp of butter in a pot over medium heat. Cook until it smells divinely nutty and is brown. This is the first exciting step 😉 Be careful not to burn! Not a great picture to show you but this is what mine looked like. Let it cool 10 minutes. In the meantime…
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Dice 1 banana. In my case it was 1 and a half bananas. 
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Mash the other 2 bananas. Again, I used 2 and a half. Now comes the second exciting step…
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Add a tbsp of brown sugar to a pan and heat until melted and golden. Then add the bananas and saute until you get this gorgeous caramelized, wonderful smelling  concoction. Put in a plate and set aside.
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Beat 2 eggs in a mixer using the paddle attachment on medium speed. Add the remaining brown sugar and beat until foamy.
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Add the mashed bananas, butter, 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1 tbsp..or a bit more 😉 of bourbon. I used Maker’s Mark. Beat until it is mixed through. Don’t forget to scrape the sides with a spatula and give it a good scrape on the bottom of the bowl.
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Whisk 2 cups of flour, 1/4 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp baking powder, and 1/2 tsp salt.
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Into the egg mixture and on  low speed, you are going to put 1/3 of the flour mixture, turn speed to medium and beat until just blended. Then you will pour 1/3 of the buttermilk in and beat until just blended. Keep doing this until you are all out of four and buttermilk and then sit down and cry.
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Dry your eyes, give your nose a good blow..wash your hands.. and fold in the banana caramel goodness.
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Pour the batter in the loaf pan and bake for 55-60 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
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It smells soooo good when it comes out of the oven. I never wait for anything to cool properly..too impatient!
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You can see just how moist it looks from the picture. Make this and sing the Minions banana song 🙂 Maybe do a little banana dance while you are at it! Happy Labor day weekend!

Recipe taken from Food 52

Serves one 9-inch loaf

  • 2cups flour
  • 1/4teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2teaspoon salt
  • 8tablespoons butter
  • 3very ripe bananas
  • 2large eggs
  • 3/4cup plus 1 tablespoon, brown sugar, divided
  • 1teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1tablespoon bourbon
  • 1/2cup buttermilk
  • 2/3cup toasted, chopped pecans
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease only the bottom of a standard size loaf pan with butter or nonstick cooking spray. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium-sized bowl. Set aside.
  2. Melt butter over medium heat in a small, heavy-bottomed pot. Cook until it begins to brown, but not burn; it will smell nutty and fragrant. Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes.
  3. Peel and dice one banana. Mash the remaining two bananas in a small bowl; set aside. Heat 1 tablespoon of the brown sugar in a small skillet over medium heat until it begins to melt and turn golden. Add diced banana pieces and sauté until well coated and caramelized. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  4. Beat eggs on medium speed in a stand mixer. Add the remaining brown sugar and beat until foamy and combined. Add the mashed bananas, cooled browned butter, vanilla, and bourbon; beat until mixed well. Scrape down sides of bowl again with rubber spatula.
  5. On low speed, pour in 1/3 of the flour mixture. Increase mixer speed to medium and mix until just blended. Pour in 1/3 of buttermilk and beat until just blended. Repeat this process with remaining flour and buttermilk. Fold in pecans and caramelized banana pieces. Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake for 55 to 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

 

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Do you buy brown butter? If not, what makes it brown?

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    1. Marale says:

      You melt the butter in a pot over heat, stirring until it becomes brown and smells fragrant. It shouldn’t burn and smell burnt.

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  2. israelisalad says:

    This looks fudgy, like a brownie, but banana flavored. Yum! I’ve always just mixed my banana bread ingredients with a bowl and wooden spoon. I am curious what it would taste like with brown butter.

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    1. Marale says:

      Yes, it was fudgy and very dense and very good! I think I added more bananas than the recipe called for. Brown butter is the way to go. It enhances the flavor and gives dishes a nutty taste. Try it in sweet and savory recipes.

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