Browned butter banana bread

Browned butter banana bread

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About this recipe: 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.

Chef V

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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