Monday, October 01, 2012

Best Banana Bread EVER

Wow.  I have tried a lot of banana bread recipes over the years and the search is over!  I don't even have a picture because we ate the first loaf so fast!  I found this recipe on TasteSpotting.  Have you checked them out?  Amazing site!    Here is the original recipe to give credit where credit is due.
Banana Bread with Browned Butter Glaze

To make one loaf of bread (I doubled this and it worked perfectly)
3 TBSPs of butter, softened
3/4 Cup of packed dark brown sugar
3 Medium-sized, ripe bananas, sliced (I used brown banana's thawed from the freezer)
1/2 Cup of fat free buttermilk
3 TBSPs of canola oil
2 TBSPS of amber or gold rum ( I used brandy)
2 Large eggs
2 Cups of all-purpose flour 
3/4 Teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 Teaspoon of salt
Baking spray with flour (such as Baker’s Joy)
For the Glaze
1 TBSP of butter
1/3 Cup of powdered sugar
2 Teaspoons of Half and Half
Make bread:
1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
3. Add brown sugar and bananas; sauté 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. Remove from heat; cool 10 minutes.
5. Place banana mixture in a large bowl.
6. Beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth.
7. Combine buttermilk and next 3 ingredients (through eggs).
8. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt.
9. Add flour mixture and buttermilk mixture alternately to banana mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture; beat at low speed just until combined.
10. Scrape batter into a 9 x 5-inch metal loaf pan coated with baking spray.
11. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs clinging.
12. Cool for 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack.
13. Remove bread from pan, and cool on wire rack.
Make glaze:
1. Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter in a small, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat.
2. Cook 3 minutes or until butter begins to brown; remove from heat.
3. Add powdered sugar and half-and-half, stirring with a whisk until smooth.
4. Drizzle glaze over bread.
5. Let stand until glaze sets.