This banana bread recipe is so damn good you’ll never look for another. Banana bread is super easy to make and you don’t have to be an all-star pastry chef to pull this one off. I only make this recipe when I’ve got some old, neglected bananas sitting around my house and don’t want to throw them away. You can also make this banana bread if you want your entire home to smell of the incredible aroma of toasted nuts, cinnamon, brown butter and fresh bread combined.
We say banana “bread” but those in the know, know exactly what it really is – cake, and how else will we get the chance to eat cake for breakfast?
What really makes this recipe shine for me is the use of brown butter. Browning butter is always a good idea and in this recipe you can really taste that magical flavour at the end. Another crucial element to this dessert is heaps and heaps of cinnamon and a heavy addition of pecans and almonds.
Brown Butter Cinnamon Banana Bread
- bread pan - 21.5cm x 11.5cm x 5.75cm (8.5” x 4.5” x 2.5”)
- resting rack
- 3 +1 bananas very ripe, save one banana for the garnish for the top
- 200 g butter
- 170 g brown sugar
- 315 g All purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 4 tbsp cinnamon ground
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 100 g pecans roughly chopped
- 100 g almonds roughly chopped
- 3 eggs
- Set your oven to 175C/350F low fan.
- Butter your bread pan to stop it from sticking. You can also use cooking spray if you like.
- First start by slowing browning the butter in a small saucepan over low-medium heat. It’s best to use a whisk to stir so that it brown evenly. You will know when its ready when it starts to foam and smells incredible. As soon as the butter is ready, add your chopped nuts to the butter. This way the nuts get toasted and bring out more flavour into the bread and it also helps to stop the butter from browning further by cooling it down. Let this cool down a little but it must stay warm.
- Mash up the 3 ripe bananas with the eggs in one bowl.
- In another bowl mix the rest of the ingredients with a whisk until nicely blended.
- You should have 3 bowls of ingredients now. Using a whisk, start with the banana egg mixture and slowly add in warm browned butter and nuts like you were making hollandaise sauce. Next switch to a spatula and fold in the last bowl of ingredients. Mix until combined.
- Slice the other banana lengthwise and place on the top of the loaf. Sprinkle with some brown sugar and throw that thing in the oven.
- Bake for about 60-90 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out dry.
- Let cool on a resting rack. Eat it. Enjoy it.