Banana Bread Bars with Brown Butter Frosting

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Serves: 24
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1 1/2 c sugar
1 c sour cream
2 eggs
1/2 c butter, softened
1 3/4 c mashed ripe bananas (3-4 bananas)
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 c all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 c chopped walnuts (optional)
1/2 c butter
4 c powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 Tbsp milk

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Hollie Cameron Recipe
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Sparks, NV (pop. 90,264)
Member Since Nov 2011
Hollie's notes for this recipe:
I found these on the Life's Simple Measures blog and the cake is the BEST banana bread that I've ever had. The cake is extremely dense and moist.
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1. Heat oven to 375F. Grease and flour 15x10-inch jelly roll pan. For the bars, in a large bowl, beat together sugar, sour cream, butter, and eggs until creamy. Blend in bananas and vanilla extract. Add flour, baking soda, salt, and blend for 1 minute. Stir in walnuts.
2. Spread batter evenly into pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
3. Meanwhile, for frosting, heat butter in a large saucepan over medium heat until boiling. Let the butter turn a delicate brown and remove from heat immediately.
4. Add powdered sugar, vanilla extract and milk. Whisk together until smooth (it should be thicker than a glaze but thinner than frosting). Using a spatula, spread the brown butter frosting over the warm bars (the frosting will be easier to spread while the bars are still warm).

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user Cin Straw's Kitchen NanatomyGrandsismyPassion - Jul 24, 2012
When I make my Grandmothers Banana Bread recipe I've never frosted it.
I love the br butter frosting though...think I'll put it on next time.
user Patsy-Lee Hadix texastootsie - Aug 12, 2012
If you look at your ingredients, you did not add the eggs. The instructions say to beat together sugar, sour cream, butter and eggs. So I guessed at it and put 2 in, I hope that was about right. Its in the oven and ready to come out.
user Janna Corliss MrsApricot - Aug 15, 2012
Found the recipe on the above reference blog, and two eggs is correct. Off to make these now!!!
user Janna Corliss MrsApricot - Aug 20, 2012
They were amazing! Will definitely be making these again!
user Tonya M AngelsWhisper - Aug 22, 2012
I made this recipe today and followed it to the letter...the taste was AMAZING!! I don't know if I did something wrong though, because it came out more like Banana Bread than "bars". I thought it would be more dense so it would cut like bars. Anyone have any idea what I could've done wrong? I'd appreciate any input, as I'm a fairly new baker.

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