Friday, April 11, 2014

Banana Bread Bars

I get excited when we actually have bananas that start to get over ripe. It doesn't happen very often. No matter how many bananas that we buy, they almost always get eaten. I've had to resort to hiding them in order to make banana bread.  

I found this recipe with brown butter frosting and it sounded fantastic. Have you ever had something with browned butter?  It's amazing how it completely changes the taste of what you're making. I absolutely love it. Once you know how to make it, it's easy. It's so much different than just melted butter. You have to wait and wait until it just browns and  starts to smell different and then take it off the stove immediately. I just love the smell of browned butter. I just knew that this frosting would be amazing with the Banana Bars. 

I've actually made this recipe three times.  They are seriously the best Banana Bars.  My daycare kids say it is the best banana cake in the world.  Pretty high honors from 4 year old kids! 

Banana Bread Bars Recipe
Recipe from Veronica's Cornucopia

1 ½ cups (10 ½ oz) granulated sugar

1 cup (8 oz) sour cream
½ cup (4 oz / 1 stick) butter, softened
2 eggs
1 ¾ cups (15.25 oz, peeled) over-ripe bananas, mashed (about 3 or 4)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups (8 ½ oz) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
½ cup (2 oz) chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
½ cup (4 oz / 1 stick) butter
4 cups (1 lb) powdered sugar
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
about 3 tablespoons milk or half and half
Heat oven to 375F. Grease and flour a 10×15 jelly roll pan or line with parchment paper.  I used a baking sheet. For thicker bars you can use a 9×13 pan and bake longer. Beat first four ingredients until creamy. Blend in bananas and vanilla for one minute. Add dry ingredients and blend for one minute. Stir in nuts if using and spread in pan. The pan will be very full but it won’t rise over the edge during baking. Bake 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool on a wire rack while you make the frosting.
For the browned butter frosting: Heat butter in saucepan over medium heat past the melting point until it is boiling and a delicate brown, stirring constantly. The solids will separate and turn into chocolate brown flecks at the bottom of the pan.  Remove from the heat and immediately add the remaining ingredients. This should be thicker than a glaze and thinner than frosting. Using a spatula, smooth over the top of the Banana Bread Bars immediately. The frosting will be easier to spread once it’s on the warm bread.

1 comment:

  1. I love browned butter too! If butter makes everything better, browned butter makes everything EXTRA better - haha! So glad you and all the kids liked these!