Caramelized Banana Bread with Brown Butter Glaze #QuickBreadMonday

by cakeduchess on November 12, 2012 · 25 comments

I can honestly say that we go through a lot of bananas over here. It’s a healthy snack and is wonderful in baking. I make a banana bread at least once a week and love to share them with my family and neighbors.


They’re so easy to put together with such wonderful results. My kids prefer them their banana bread with chocolate chips. I prefer my banana bread without the chocolate and don’t mind if it has some nuts. My kids don’t like the addition of nuts so it’s usually avoided. 
I noticed that you all seem to enjoy baking quick bread recipes as much as I do:). The #TwelveLoaves bread baking project has been a fantastic addition to my site. It gets me to share a yeast type bread here with all of you the first Monday of every month. Some of you rise to the bread baking challenge and attempt a yeast bread and some of you share a delicious quick bread. *Our November #TwelveLoaves challenge is all about Autumn Fruits: Apples and Pears-Join us! November is National Bread Month:)
I love baking yeast breads and would do it every day if I could. Sometimes, a quick bread seems to fit in a little easier into my busy schedule. I’m going to try to share a quick bread recipe every Monday until I can keep up with it. There is a list a mile long from magazines I have and from some of your recipes that you’ve shared with #TwelveLoaves. The October 2012 Cooking Light magazine has 7 delectable quick breads. Let’s seem how many I can tackle in the next weeks in this quick bread series!;)You can find some fabulous recipes to add to your quick bread baking list.:)

Did you recently make an AMAZING quick bread? If you did, please link it up below! I want to see it!!



To inaugurate this quick bread Monday series, I thought it would be fantastic to share a more luxurious banana bread. I adapted this recipe from Post Punk Kitchen that has been my go-to recipe for a long time. The Cooking Light version uses butter, eggs and buttermilk. My version is a little healthier without the eggs, rich buttermilk and I also incorporate some whole wheat flour. Cooking the ripe bananas in butter* deepens their sweet flavor. The glaze has a lovely nutty flavor from the almond milk and the melted butter* (I used Earth Balance margarine). If you have about an hour and 1/2 extra somewhere in your busy life, you have to try this delicious bread. It’s what I’m enjoying this morning with a hot cup of a coffee and a beautiful October breeze.

Caramelized Banana Bread with Brown Butter Glaze


3 tablespoons butter, softened (I used Earth Balance soy free)
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
3 medium ripe bananas, sliced
1/2 cup fat-free buttermilk (I used almond milk with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar)
3 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons amber or gold rum
2 large eggs (2 Tbsp flax seed meal + 6 Tbsp warm water mix and set aside for 5 min)
2 cups all-purpose flour  (I used 1 cup whole wheat and 1 cup all-purpose flour)
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt


1 Tablespoon butter (I used Earth Balance soy free margarine)
1/3 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons almond milk (or whatever milk you prefer)

Preheat oven to 350°. Place a rack in the center of the oven.  Spray a 9 x 5 loaf pan with baking spray (or butter and flour) and set aside.

Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add brown sugar and bananas; sauté 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; cool 10 minutes. Place banana mixture in a large bowl.

Beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth.

Combine buttermilk, canola oil, rum and eggs (or flax eggs). Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add flour mixture and buttermilk mixture alternately to banana mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture; beat at low speed just until combined. Scrape batter into a 9 x 5-inch metal loaf pan coated with baking spray.

Bake for 1/2 on hour at 350 then lower the heat to 325 and bake for about another 20-30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.

Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter in a small, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook 3 minutes or until butter begins to brown; remove from heat. Add powdered sugar and milk, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Drizzle glaze over bread. Let stand until glaze sets.

Happy Baking! Add your recent delicious quick bread link below!:)


{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Angie's Recipes November 12, 2012 at 2:51 pm

I haven’t baked any quick bread in a long while…well, I should.
Love your banana bread!


Kate@Diethood November 12, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Ahhh I need this right now! I looove that you added that amazing glaze!
We also go through a loaf of banana bread on a weekly basis … I love the versatility of these quick breads.


Shawn November 12, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Looks delicious…The brown butter glaze with banana bread is absolute genius!


Kristina @ spabettie November 12, 2012 at 3:46 pm

I LOVE quick breads – especially banana and zucchini! I love that you make a banana bread every week – I would LOVE to be your neighbor! :)


Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste) November 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm

This looks so moist and tempting! I absolutely love banana bread and always seem to have speckled bananas on hand to satisfy the craving. Yum!


Carrian Cheney November 12, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Oh my yum, love love love banana bread, the glaze will make it even more addicting for me! Can’t wait to make it!


Paula @ Vintage Kitchen November 12, 2012 at 8:27 pm

There can never be too many banana bread recipes. The glaze is just so incredibly sounding and looking! Gorgeous Lora!


Laura (Tutti Dolci) November 13, 2012 at 1:51 am

Caramelized bananas and brown butter glaze – count me in! :)


Maureen | Orgasmic Chef November 13, 2012 at 2:16 am

I’m one of the ones who loves quickbreads. Not only because they’re quick but also because they’re delicious with a cup of tea when buddies show up for a chat.


Savory Simple November 13, 2012 at 3:21 am

If we are what we eat, I’m a banana. Seriously, I eat them every day! such a great snack. And I love anything with brown butter so this sounds fantastic all around.


everydaymaven November 13, 2012 at 4:36 am

I am loving the ingredients – those are all of my stables (EB and almond milk). I need to get a mini bottle of rum and make this!


Lisa November 13, 2012 at 5:34 am

How do you spell heavenly? Caramelized Banana Bread with Brown Butter Glaze! OH, god..that was so corny, but it looks so good, I don’t know what to say, I just want to stare at it :) xoxox


Swathi Iyer November 13, 2012 at 10:12 pm

Banana bread looks yumm. You know Iam always looks forward to banana bread recipes, My house favorite dessert.


Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking November 14, 2012 at 3:56 am

I love the texture of a quick bread but i prefer making a yeast one. There’s something about waiting for the dough to rise.
Your caramelized banana bread sounds delicious Lora. I need to buy some extra bananas just so I can have some leftover around :)


Jen Laceda | Tartine and Apron Strings November 14, 2012 at 6:22 am

You had me at ‘brown butter’ – hehehe! Seriously, this needs to be eaten by ME now!


Helene Dsouza November 14, 2012 at 7:45 am

I was already staring at your banana bread earlier in google+. I love baking with yeast too, but here we have been going through difficulties to succeed with the humidity. But I am intending to try soon again. =) Wish me all the best, maybe I ll have a chance soon to take part in the fun as well!


Jamie November 14, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Mmmm another great take on a classic! The “caramelized” sounds fantastic!


Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks November 14, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Brown butter? I’m all over this one. I adore quick breads, one of my favourites! Your banana bread looks amazing!


Magic of Spice November 14, 2012 at 8:55 pm

What a delightful quick bread…love them!


Addie K Martin November 15, 2012 at 12:05 am

Yum, this banana bread looks awesome. I have a sweet potato banana pecan muffin that I make that’s essentially a quick bread made in a muffin tin. So delicious! :)


kitchen flavours November 15, 2012 at 2:19 am

Hi Lora, Your banana bread looks wonderful! I can just imagine the aroma in your kitchen when this bread is in the oven!
I have just linked a lovely orange quick bread. Thank you for hosting and have a nice day!


Munatycooking November 15, 2012 at 3:50 am

I’m thinking, why aren’t you my neighbor. Banana and brown butter, I’m so making this today.


Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } November 16, 2012 at 3:35 am

Just saying brown butter – you had my attention. This looks delicious!!!!


Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts November 19, 2012 at 2:02 pm

What a delicious quick bread. Love all the flavors together!


Paula November 23, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Banana breads get baked often around here too but as yet, not with brown butter. A must try for sure!


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