I found this recipe for Banana Bread and Vanilla Browned Butter Glaze at Averie Cooks. I knew I’d have to try it. I mean, really, when someone claims to have found the perfect banana bread recipe, you’d be a fool not to take advantage of their long search! And oh, after tasting this banana bread, you will give yourself a big pat on the back. It truly is THE BEST banana bread I have ever put my hands on; super moist and flavorful. And the glaze? It took everything in me not to eat it by the spoonful (okay fine…not to eat more than one spoonful…).
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 5.3 oz container of vanilla greek yogurt
- 3 medium bananas, mashed (1 1/2 cups)
- one 3.4-ounce box vanilla instant pudding
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, optional and to taste
- Preheat oven to 350F; grease (or spray) and flour the pan.
- In a large microwave-safe mixing bowl, melt the butter, about 1 minute.
- To the melted butter, add the sugars, eggs, vanilla, yogurt, and stir or whisk to combine. Add the bananas and stir to incorporate.
- Add the dry pudding mix and stir to combine.
- Add the flour, baking soda, salt, and stir until just combined, taking care not to over-mix or bread will be tougher.
- Pour batter into pan and bake for 50 to 58 minutes, or until top is golden and set, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
- Allow bread to cool in the loaf pan for at least 20 minutes before removing from the pan and transferring to a rack to finish cooling.
Vanilla Browned Butter Glaze
- 1/4 cup butter (half stick)
- 1-1 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted (I used just over a cup)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1-2 Tbsp cream or milk (I used 1 1/2 tbsp milk)
- Brown the butter. You can do this on the stovetop by heating the butter over medium heat, stirring frequently, for 5 to 7 minutes, or in the microwave by microwaving on high for 5 to 7 minutes. It is done when it turns a nice brown color and there is no more sputtering or foaming, and has a nutty aroma. Just be sure to watch it closely and start checking it every 15-to-30 seconds starting at about the 5-minute mark. Transfer hot butter to medium-sized mixing bowl and allow it to cool for about 10 minutes.
- Add the powdered sugar, vanilla, and whisk to combine.
- Based on desired glaze consistency and taste preference, add the cream one tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached, playing with sugar and cream ratios as necessary.
- Spoon or drizzle glaze over the top of the bread before slicing and serving.
Nervous about browning butter? Check out this tutorial at Ambitious Kitchen – its awesome!