Friday, January 7, 2011
12:23 PM | Posted by Brandy K | | Edit Post
Can we talk? About butter? It's the start of all things good and tasty, no? I generally have to purchase sticks of butter each and every time I go to the grocery store, I'm always running low. Butter has a permanent place on my grocery list. Don't even get me started on the tubs of butter, the spreadable kind! I have to search high and low for my favorite spreadable butter. If I'm lucky enough to find it, I buy several tubs and hoard it like a Y2K nut. What?! One could survive on butter in the aftermath of a disaster, right? I won't mention any brands, but this particular little tub of butter lists cream and salt as the ingredients, with a little buttermilk thrown in. Sweet! I'm frightened by the butter that is one molecule away from being plastic, really...it's scary stuff.
But I digress, my love of butter is topped by one thing...browned butter. The aroma, the taste...all so yummy! Swirl some butter around in a little saucepan for a few minutes, and you are rewarded with such deliciousness--with little effort. You can't beat that! Make yourself some browned butter and use it to bake this bread. It will make you happy. :) I saw this recipe on Sing For Your Supper, and now, my life would not be complete without it in my recipe book. Enjoy!
Browned Butter Banana Bread
(slightly adapted from Sing For Your Supper)
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
2 cups flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
3 medium bananas, mashed (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8 inch loaf pan.
2. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Once it is melted, lower the heat to medium and swirl the butter around the pan instead of stirring it. Swirl, swirl, swirl, it will take about 3-5 minutes to start browning. You want to see little bits of amber-colored butter start to appear, keep up the swirling for 30 - 60 seconds, then take it off the heat and give it a few more swirls. (This is not the time to check e-mail, it browns fast and burnt butter = ewww.) Let it cool while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
3. In a large bowl whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg and salt. In another bowl, whisk the eggs; then add the mashed bananas, vanilla and the semi-cooled butter.
Add the liquid to the dry mixture. Mix just until incorporated, don’t over mix. Pour the batter into the greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes, until it is browned on top and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for at least 15 minutes, and then remove the bread from the pan and cool on a rack.
*One note, please don't use a non-stick pan to brown the butter. It's too dark...you won't be able to see when the butter starts to change color. It will make you sad...and then mad. I know this...
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