I’ve unpacked the moving boxes of the essentials: sock slippers, gin, loaf pan, spatula, and mixing bowl. I’ve managed to find the fancy candles I love, a few pictures of my family, and the face wash. The cookbooks are lined up on the book shelf, color-coded just like Shutterbean taught me.
I’m just far enough in the whole moving process to miss home. Strange because I am home. It’s just that I have to build up a familiarity to this new space. I don’t yet know its nuances.
What I do know is that I’m mostly responsible for feeling at home where I’m home. It’s a state of mind. It’s coming to understand the different shade of light. It’s the different sounds of the street. It’s the familiar smell of comfort. Banana Bread feels like home, so Banana Bread it is!
We’re not looking to reinvent the wheel here. This banana bread is more about settling in and planting roots. It’s tastes just like home to me, and so it is!
I love that banana bread comes together rather effortlessly. A bowl, fork, and spoon and we’re in business.
Good news for all of us, right?
Mashed bananas are stirred together with granulated sugar and molasses. I realized too late that I’m fresh out of brown sugar. We can make our own…. or just stir it all together with gumption.
Butter is melted until it’s golden brown and smells juuuuust nutty. I love the depth that brown butter adds to the banana bread. Extra goodness, that’s all it is.
Oh! I don’t have buttermilk either. I squeezed a big wedge of lime into a bit of milk. Buttermilk substitutions are key.
Eggs and butter into the banana mash.
No nuts. No toasted coconut. Nothing too fancy. Just cinnamon spiced, brown butter magic banana bread.
The smell that fills the kitchen is home exactly.
I thought about sharing this loaf with my neighbors, but there’s plenty of future for that. I just needed to sit in from of this warm loaf and breathe it in. The texture is dense but soft. It’s lightly cinnamon spiced and hearty in the way that feels just right in the morning. This banana bread is sweet and I find it’s best paired with a cup of milky coffee. Slice into thick wedges. No need to be coy. We’re home.
Brown Butter Banana Bread
makes 1 9×5-inch loaf
6 ounces unsalted butter, melted and browned to just over 1/2 cup of butter
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 1/4 cup mashed banana (from about 3 medium bananas)
2 teaspoons molasses
Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9×5-inch loaf pan and set aside.
Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Butter will begin to foam and crackle as it melts. When the crackling subsides, the butter will begin to brown. Swirl the pan as the butter cooks. When the butter browns and begins to smell nutty, remove the pan from the flame and transfer the butter to a small bowl. Taking the butter out of the hot saucepan will stop the butter from overcooking and burning. Set aside to cool.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, vanilla extract, and buttermilk. Whisk in the mashed bananas and molasses. When butter has cooled, whisk in the browned butter.
Add the wet ingredients, all at once to the dry ingredients. Fold together, making sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl to reveal any hidden pockets of flour. Fold together ingredients, but try not to over stir.
Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until a skewer inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to rest in the pan for 15 minutes, before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Bread will last 4 days, well wrapped at room temperature. This loaf also freezes well.
Any suggestions for adding bourbon? Think it’ll be okay to just add a Tbsp along with the other liquids, or should I dial back the buttermilk accordingly? Brown butter bourbon banana bread… it’s gonna be my birthday cake. (Alongside Bon Appetit’s brown sugar bourbon ice cream, because I’ve had a real Thing for bourbon sweets lately.)
I like the way you party! A tbsp along with the liquids will work just fine! Now let’s talk about this bourbon ice cream…
My husband hates new recipes. I LOVE new recipes. He is of the mind, “If it aint broke, dont fix it.” And I am of the mind, “It can always get better.” Banana bread is one of his favorites and he has 2 recipes that he loves. One that he actually learned to make himself, so he doesnt have to wait for me. So he thought it was a bad idea to try a new one. This recipe won him over! He still has 2 favorite banana bread recipes, but this one has taken the place of the one of the old ones.
love the simplicity of the banana bread, can’t wait to make it! hope it made your new place feel a little more like home!
just recieved your cookbook! I can tell it will be one of my favorites!
love the white mixing bowl with the spout!! Where can I get myself one of these!!
Good Luck on the move and thanks for sharing with us!
Nanci from Missouri
Joy, you’re a delight. This is super timely, not just because I moved a month ago and really want to put things involving bananas and brown butter into my face, but also because I desperately need a face wash recommendation, since my beloved face wash has been discontinued…
What face wash do you use, and would you recommend it?
Emily @ Life on Food
Home is all about the smells. Banana bread is a great step in the right direction.
Welcome home! Nothing smells better than fresh baked banana bread!
I moved house recently. I had all my same old things around me but I just felt off. Things weren’t right. I felt homesick even though I loved my new little place. Then I got in the kitchen and baked and baked and cooked something yum for dinner and then everything was ok. The house smelt like good food and I felt much more at home. So I guess what I’m saying is, I hear ya.
This looks so amazing. Banana bread is my absolute favourite treat :)
Thanks for sharing!
The Macadame. xx
Todd | HonestlyYUM
already loving those backlit shots by the window..?
P.S. Can I just say that your Vimeo vids are the cutest, cleverest things ever? I just now saw them.
Good luck with your new move Joy. And when you get a chance to go to the store, buy some coconut palm sugar. Use it instead of brown sugar next time you make your banana bread. You’ll be amazed at how good it tastes.
Oh yum! I found it is possible to roast bananas in their skins when ripe bananas are called for and there are none around.
That’s beautiful, Joy…both the bread and your sentiments.
This looks delicious! I’ve never used molasses in banana bread, but it looks like a great additional that I’ll have to try next time.