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Caramelized Banana Bread with Browned Butter Glaze

Photo: Hannah Whitaker; Styling: Tizana Agnello
Hands-on time 31 mins
Total time 1 hr, 31 mins
Yield Serves 16 (serving size: 1 slice)
A few smart techniques take banana bread to the next level: Cooking ripe banana slices in butter deepens the sweet banana flavor, while browned butter gives the glaze nutty richness.

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened and divided
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3 medium ripe bananas, sliced
  • 1/2 cup fat-free buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons amber or gold rum
  • 2 large eggs
  • 9 ounces all-purpose flour (about 2 cups)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Baking spray with flour (such as Baker's Joy)
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons half-and-half

Nutrition Information

  • calories 190
  • fat 6.3 g
  • satfat 2.3 g
  • monofat 2.7 g
  • polyfat 1 g
  • protein 3 g
  • carbohydrate 30.5 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • cholesterol 30 mg
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 173 mg
  • calcium 26 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

    Making a Quick Bread Loaf
  2. Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add brown sugar and bananas; sauté 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; cool 10 minutes. Place banana mixture in a large bowl. Beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth.

  3. Combine buttermilk and next 3 ingredients (through eggs). Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Add flour mixture and buttermilk mixture alternately to banana mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture; beat at low speed just until combined. Scrape batter into a 9 x 5-inch metal loaf pan coated with baking spray. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs clinging. Cool for 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Remove bread from pan, and cool on wire rack.

  4. Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter in a small, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook 3 minutes or until butter begins to brown; remove from heat. Add powdered sugar and half-and-half, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Drizzle glaze over bread. Let stand until glaze sets.