I was cleaning my kitchen the other day when I noticed I had an entire bunch of bananas, on my counter, had already turned bad, and needed to be used ASAP. I naturally thought of making banana bread with them, because that’s always my default answer to using old bananas, but I wanted to do something a little different with the banana bread. I already have a delicious banana bread recipe I have perfected over the last year and a half, but taking it to the next level was the challenge. I thought of all kind of ideas. Maybe add some peanut butter chips? Or chocolate chips? Maybe bake some caramel into the middle? I realized after making two batches of bread I would still have 3 bananas left over, and figured I would incorporate those into the already banana filled banana bread. The idea of bananas foster popped into my head and I instantly knew this had to be a great idea. Bananas foster drizzled over banana bread? It’s dessert heaven! If the banana slices on top of the banana bread are a little too much banana flavor going on for you, you can always just use the caramel sauce as a topping for your banana bread. Enough of my rambling, though. Here is the recipe for my bananas foster banana bread.
Prep Time: 20 mins | Bake Time: 1 hour 20 mins | Serves: 8-10
Ingredients for banana bread:
3 large ripe bananas
2 cups flour
1/4 cup brown Sugar
3/4 cup white Sugar
8 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 Tablespoon milk
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon salt
1 stick butter flavored shortening
Ingredients for bananas foster:
3 bananas (diagonally sliced)
3 Tablespoons butter
1/4 cup spiced rum
2 Tablespoons heavy cream
3/4 cup brown Sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
*optional: 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts*
- In a small bowl, using a fork or potato masher, mash your 3 bananas. Add your milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla extract to your mashed bananas, stir well an and place to the side.
- In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, cream your softened butter, brown and white sugars, together. Add your eggs to the mixture one at a time, until it is well mixed and smooth.
- Add your small bowl banana mixture to the large bowl creamed mixture, using a wooden spoon, lightly mix them together.
- Sprinkle your baking powder, baking soda, and salt, into your mixture, and mix your flour one cup at a time into the mixture. Slowly mix your flour into the bowl until it is just mixed in. Don’t over mix it or your bread will be too dense.
- Using your stick of butter flavored shortening, grease your 9×5 well, and lightly dust the pan with flour. Pour your mixture in and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. (Or until completely finished).
- Set your banana bread to the side and let it cool.
- Over medium heat, melt your butter in a large skillet pan. Once butter is almost melted add your brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg to the pan. Whisk ingredients together until smooth.
- Add your heavy cream (and pecans/walnuts if using) and stir quickly.
- Throw your sliced bananas into the pan and stir for a minute.
- Pour your rum in the middle of the pan and use your long wand lighter to ignite the alcohol fumes on fire. (If you’re fancy and not a chicken little, like myself, you can pour the rum in the pan closest to you and tilt the pan on the cooking flame until it ignites)
- Stir the sauce until the flame is completely out.
- Turn off the stove and drizzle your bananas foster sauce over the banana bread.
This recipe makes a bit more bananas foster than some would want to use on their bread, so use the remaining sauce to top some delicious ice cream while you wait for your banana bread to cool off ;-). I made this for our Labor Day BBQ and it was a hit among my husband’s coworkers and friends.
I hope you enjoy the recipe. Drop a picture of your own banana bread and/or your bananas foster banana bread review, in the comments section below!
Happy Friday folks!