Let’s Go Bananas!

What should you do with a massive pile of slightly overripe bananas sitting on your kitchen counter?

Turn them into banana bread of course!

This recipe comes from my beloved Food Network magazine, in the mix-and-match recipe section. I decided to make Brown Butter Glazed Banana Bread because A: we had a ton of bananas, and B: I’ve always wanted to try making brown butter.

I’ve never made brown butter before, but its surprisingly easy. All you really do it cook the butter a little, add some sugar, a dash of milk, and you’re done! Once it’s made, you just pour it over the top of the golden brown banana bread and let it drizzle beautifully down the sides. Mmm my mouth is watering – let’s get started before I run away to gobble up another slice 🙂

Brown Butter Glazed Banana Bread

From Food Network Magazine

For the bread:

1 1/4 cups of flour

3/4 cup of sugar

1 teaspoon of baking powder

1 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg

2 eggs

1/2 cup of melted butter, cooled

1/2 cup of greek yogurt

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 teaspoon of lemon zest

1 cup of bananas (about 2), mashed

Preheat the oven to 350 F, and spray a loaf pan with non-stick spray.

Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, butter, greek yogurt, vanilla extract, and citrus zest until combined. Add in the mashed up bananas, and stir together. Pour the wet mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients to gently fold the two mixtures together. Do not overmix (Unless, of course, you want tough, un-fluffy, and very sad banana bread). Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes.

Cool the loaf in the pan for 20-30 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool completely. Start the glaze!

For the glaze:

3 tablespoons of butter

1/2 cup of confectioners sugar

1 tablespoon of milk

In a small saucepan over low heat, stir the butter until it starts to have brown specks in it. If you tilt the pan to bring all the butter together, it should be brown. Remove from heat, and let cool slightly. Add the confectioners sugar and milk, stirring until the glaze has no lumps and all ingredients are combined. Pour the glaze over the middle of the loaf (this is my favorite part!). You can use a spatula to even it out, or let the glaze work its sugary magic to create pretty drizzles. Let the glaze harden, about 10-15 minutes. Cut into slices and enjoy!

Deanna

P.S…Nutmegs went really well. I got 2nd place all around and won beam during the individual competition, and in the team competition, our division took home 2nd place overall! Our team did a great job and I’m super proud of everyone.

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