Caramelized Banana Bread with Browned Butter Glaze

Photo: Hannah Whitaker; Styling: Tizana Agnello

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.

Yield: Serves 16 (serving size: 1 slice)
Total:
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Recipe Time

Hands On: 31 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour, 31 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 190
  • Fat: 6.3g
  • Saturated fat: 2.3g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.7g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Carbohydrate: 30.5g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 30mg
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Sodium: 173mg
  • Calcium: 26mg

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

Preparation

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. 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. 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. 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.
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