Caramelized Banana Bread

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Joan Penney

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@thyme4dinner

I love banana bread and am ALWAYS playing with and revising recipes hoping to finally hit upon the perfect texture, crumb, and wow factor. This recipe will not disappoint. Caramelizing the bananas brings out the depth and intensifies the flavor. The brown sugar and butter work together well to further the caramel flavor.

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Caramelizing the bananas before baking this banana bread adds a richness that's hard to describe. The smell during the caramelizing process is intoxicating. It really brings this simple bread to a whole new level of yumminess. One bite you know this isn't an ordinary banana bread. It's tender, rich, and delicious. The top forms a sugary crust but the rest of the bread is fall-apart tender and full of banana flavor.

Note: We made 4 mini loaf pans (instead of 8) so we had to cook ours a bit longer than 20 minutes. Just keep an eye on them and cook until the tester comes out clean. The Test Kitchen


Rating:

★★★★★ 3 votes

Comments:
Serves:
8 mini loaves
Prep:
15 Min
Cook:
25 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

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  • 3
    ripe bananas, peeled
  • 1 1/4 c
    brown sugar, divided
  • 10 Tbsp
    butter, softened & divided
  • 1 tsp
    cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp
    freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1
    egg
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    salt
  • 1/4 c
    buttermilk
  • 2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 c
    toasted pecan pieces (optional)

How to Make Caramelized Banana Bread

Step-by-Step

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease loaf pan(s).
  2. In a large frying pan over medium heat, add sliced bananas, 2 Tbsp butter, and 1/4 cup brown sugar. Allow bananas to brown slightly stirring often.
  3. Add cinnamon and nutmeg.
  4. Continue cooking 3-5 minutes.
  5. Add vanilla extract and remove from heat.
  6. To a large bowl add remaining 1/2 cup butter and 1 cup brown sugar.
  7. Beat until smooth (2-3 min).
  8. Add egg, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix well.
  9. To mixture, add buttermilk and alternately add flour and caramelized bananas beginning and ending with flour.
  10. Mix well between additions.
  11. Stir in toasted pecan pieces.
  12. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan(s).
  13. Bake at 350 for 40 min if using 9 X 5 loaf pan or 20 min if mini loaf pans, or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  14. Allow to cool slightly.

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About Caramelized Banana Bread

Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Collection: Favorite Breads
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids




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