Browned butter banana bread

    1 hour 5 min

    It has taken me a while to perfect my banana bread recipe but I think browning the butter really adds a whole new flavour dimension. Enjoy it warm, fresh from the oven.

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    Makes: 1 loaf

    • 115g butter
    • 3 very ripe bananas
    • 55g brown sugar
    • 50g caster sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    • 200g plain flour
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hr5min 

    1. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; bring to a low simmer and cook, stirring frequently, until butter is browned, fragrant and foamy, with brown bits in it, about 5 to 10 minutes. Set aside to cool to room temperature, about 15 minutes. The measured amount of browned butter should be about 80ml; reserve remaining browned butter for another use.
    2. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a 1 lb loaf tin.
    3. Mash bananas in a large bowl; stir in brown sugar, caster sugar, egg, vanilla extract and browned butter.
    4. Whisk flour, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and nutmeg together in a bowl. Fold flour mixture into banana mixture just until all ingredients are moistened; pour into the prepared loaf tin.
    5. Bake in the preheated oven until a skewer inserted near the centre of the loaf comes out clean, about 45 minutes.

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    I was tired of tossing overripe bananas so I came on this site looking for a good recipe for banana bread. This one sounded easy & I really like the idea of the browned butter. That was last night, thank God I had more bananas because we finished the loaf and I am now waiting for another to finish baking! The browning of the butter is smells so heavenly and tastes delicious... do NOT skip this step! The only thing I did differently is that I buttered my loaf pan and sprinkled cinnamon/sugar on the bottom and sides, makes it a little sweeter and gave it a little "crunch" on the ends. Thanks for a fantastic recipe.... I can hardly wait til the bananas over ripen again!  -  22 Sep 2015  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was a great banana bread but I'm not sure browning the butter made the difference. I think you could just add melted butter and pretty much get the same flavour. For the people who are having discrepancies with the cooking times and perhaps ending up with a dry loaf, please remember there are a variety of different materials used to make bread pans. Anything from light silver colour to dark teflon to glass and now silicon. Lighter coloured pans do not absorb the heat like a dark coloured pan. So if you are using a dark colour, you may want to turn the heat down slightly and/or reduce the cooking time. Teflon and silicon add a different texture to foods cooked in those pans again. (sides are often tough or rubbery). My suggestion is to find as many light coloured cooking pans, cookie sheets and muffin tins as you can! You will always end up with a more uniform product that doesn't cook on the outside faster than it does on the inside.  -  03 Jan 2016  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    very yummy! I made 3 loaves as I had 9 bananas to use up, mine baked in 50 minutes, I used baking powder for the soda as I am very sensitive to the taste, added cinnamon, the browned butter and brown sugar add a nice taste.  -  26 Apr 2015  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)