We’ve all had bananas foster, right?
If not, this is for you: Wikipedia (haha) defines Bananas Foster as:
a dessert made from bananas and vanilla ice cream, with the sauce made from butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, dark rum, and banana liqueur. The butter, sugar and bananas are cooked, and then the alcohol is added and ignited. The bananas and sauce are then served over the ice cream. Preparation of the dish is often made into a tableside performance as a flambé.
Now, imagine that turned into a bread.
Oh. Em. Gee.
This is the best “banana bread” I have ever made.
The aroma that filled my house while I was caramelizing my bananas and butter was utterly captivating.
I don’t know if it’s even fair to call this bread. I think it is definitely more like a cake. It even has frosting.
Semantics, all of it. Who cares? It’s delicious.
Recipe adapted from Taste of Home
- 5 tablespoons butter, cubed
- 1 cup packed brown sugar, divided
- 1-1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas
- 3 tablespoons dark rum (I just used Spiced Rum)
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup ground flaxseed (I used bran flakes)
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup fat-free plain yogurt (I used Tillamook vanilla bean yogurt- not fat free)
- 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon dark rum
- In a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in 1/2 cup brown sugar and bananas. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 3-4 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from the heat. Stir in rum; set aside to cool.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, flax, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. In another large bowl, whisk the eggs, yogurt, banana mixture and remaining brown sugar. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
- Transfer to a 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Combine the glaze ingredients; drizzle over bread. Yield: 1 loaf (16 slices).