Banana bread: ultimate comfort food. This version gets an update with brown butter and strawberries (which we opted not to use. I thought it would have tasted great with dark chocolate chips, but we didn’t do that because my brother is a buzzkill who prefers savory things to sweet things). To be honest, I couldn’t really taste the browned butter, but it was still mighty tasty.
I’m trying to remember the details of why we decided to make this. It was the week before school started. I think it had something to do with being bored at night. I think I remember watching Arrested Development while it baked — it came out of the oven right around midnight and we ate it with fig jam in our den as one of the episodes finished. Then I fell asleep on the couch.
Aww yeah. Nothing like end-of-summer laziness. Now that I’m back at school, there will be less time for baking and lounging, but stay tuned for some recipes for simple, delicious meals you can make in a dorm kitchen.
– 6 oz unsalted butter
– 2 cups flour
– 3/4 cup brown sugar
– 1 tsp baking soda
– 2 large eggs
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 1/4 cup plain yogurt
– 3 bananas, preferably ripe or overripe
Step 1: Mash bananas with a fork
Step 2: Brown butter. [if you need instructions on how to do this, the original recipe has some great ones] When the process is done, remove the pan from the heat and transfer the melted butter into another bowl, so it doesn’t continue to cook and burn.
Step 3: In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients: flour, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
Step 4: In a separate bowl, combine eggs, yogurt, and vanilla extract.
Step 5: Add mashed bananas, then browned butter, to the egg mixture.
Step 6: Fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Make sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl to incorporate all the flour!
Step 7: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and pour the batter into a greased loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes to an hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool in pan for 15 minutes before digging in.