Browned Butter Banana Bread Jeanettes Healthy Living

Browned Butter Banana Bread is an indulgent breakfast or afternoon treat made a little healthier by swapping in some whole wheat pastry flour. Growing up, my mom made banana bread a lot. Her go-to recipe was from the Fannie Farmer cookbook. I love that recipe, but it is actually a cake, not a quick bread, more delicate and dessert-like. This banana bread is somewhere in between, with a tender, moist crumb. Make this for gifts or serve to guests during the holiday season for a special treat.

Browned Butter Banana Bread - decadently delicious, made a little healthier with whole wheat pastry flour

This browned butter banana bread is adapted from a recipe from The Professional Pastry Chef by Bo Friberg, a gift from my kids last Christmas. After volunteering for a year in a commercial kitchen and watching a professional pastry chef create the most beautiful baked goods, I was inspired to improve my baking skills. Baking requires a lot more precision than cooking. Several years ago, when I was learning how to bake gluten-free, I was introduced to the concept of ratios and weighing ingredients when baking.

Although I don’t usually weigh out ingredients when baking, I did for this recipe because the original recipe’s ingredients were listed with weights. This was also important since I substituted whole wheat pastry flour for half the regular bread flour. So, 170 grams of whole wheat pastry flour ended up being 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon versus bread flour at 1 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon.

I converted everything back to cups and tablespoons to make it easier for you if you don’t have a measuring scale and want to try this recipe.

Browning the butter adds extra caramel-like flavor to this banana bread, and the crust was especially delicious. I did bake the loaf pans on top of a baking sheet to prevent the bottoms from getting too dark as suggested in the original recipe.

Browned Butter Banana Bread

Makes 2 loaves

Ingredients

  • 13 tablespoons unsalted organic butter
  • 1 3/4 cups organic sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups ripe bananas mashed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    Melt butter in a saucepan and continue to cook over medium low heat until brown bits form on bottom of pan. Remove from heat. Let cool slightly; then stir in sugar. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add eggs, bananas and vanilla and beat until well combined.

    In a separate bowl, whisk together whole wheat pastry flour, bread flour, salt and baking soda. Gradually add to banana batter and mix until just combined.

    Divide between two 8″ loaf pans. Bake 50-55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Melt butter in a saucepan and continue to cook over medium low heat until brown bits form on bottom of pan. Remove from heat. Let cool slightly; then stir in sugar. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add eggs, bananas and vanilla and beat until well combined.

In a separate bowl, whisk together whole wheat pastry flour, bread flour, salt and baking soda. Gradually add to banana batter and mix until just combined.

Divide between two 8″ loaf pans. Bake 50-55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from The Professional Pastry Chef by Bo Friberg

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5 Banana Bread Hacks That Make It Taste Even

I love banana bread. It’s so versatile and can be enjoyed all year round. Most of us enjoy eating it fresh out of the oven, or having a cold slice as a snack the next day.

Sure, it tastes great on its own, but have you thought of dressing it up? Here are five ways you can get creative and take your banana bread to the next level.

1. Serve it with nuts, nut butter, seeds, and fresh banana slices.

Are you a fan of toast topped with peanut butter and banana slices? Well, you need to give this a try. After all, banana and peanut butter go hand-in-hand.

Allergic to peanuts? Use almond butter. Allergic to nuts altogether? Not a problem. Sunflower seed butter or tahini are great nutty alternatives to nut butter.

#SpoonTip: You can also use frosting as a spread.

2. Add fresh berries to the mix.

This will help you get that antioxidant boost—but don’t forget about your nut butter. This especially works great if your banana bread is on the sweeter side, as the acidity from the berries cut through the richness of the banana bread, so you can eat more of it without feeling stuffed.

3. For you chocolate lovers…

Why not top your slice with some shaved chocolate? Don’t have time to shave a block of chocolate? Keep a bag of mini chocolate chips in your pantry and sprinkle some on your banana bread before serving. You can use a mix of white, milk and dark chocolate for triple indulgence.

4. Toast it.

Toasting really takes banana bread to the next level. In cafes in Australia, banana bread is typically served toasted and buttered.

5. Make a triple decker toasted sandwich!

My latest banana bread addiction is my homemade loaf using Simple Mills‘ gluten-free banana bread mix. The gluten-free mix contains almond meal which gives the banana bread a crumbly texture. But wait, it gets better after toasting, and being made into a triple decker sandwich with fresh banana, nut butter and yogurt.

What are you waiting for? Grab a slice (or a few slices) of banana bread and get creative in the kitchen.

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Best Off The Beaten Path Caf S In San Francisco

I’ve always enjoyed reading through lists of the best places to eat in San Francisco. There’s definitely a bucket list that keeps on growing and growing and I hope to someday go to every place on the list. But sometimes, things that happen spontaneously or by chance are even more inspiring, especially when it comes to food.

These cafés are the result of just wandering around San Francisco and trying out new places. All of them share the fact that they have great food and should be your next destination to explore with friends and family.

Flour and Co

I’ve gone to Flour and Co so many times that I’ve lost count. When my mom and I were staying in San Francisco for a week, we headed there every morning for breakfast and made sure to stop by in the afternoon again for a snack.

Flour and Co has a wide selection of items, ranging from savory items to satisfy your brunch cravings to sweet items for an awesome way to start your day. One of my favorites is the Pimento Biscuit. The cheesy pimento sauce gives an awesome kick to the warm and flaky biscuit. I also love the Brown Butter Vanilla Bean Bread Pudding. The crunchy crust with bits of sprinkled sugar adds great contrast to the custard middle that makes it so addicting.

Saint Frank Coffee

Saint Frank Coffee is well known for its coffee and my mom swears by their cappuccino — she says it’s the strongest cappuccino she can get in San Francisco.

Even though I don’t drink coffee, Saint Frank has a selection of pastries that I always get, especially the banana bread. I’m pretty sure that many people seem to agree because the several times that I’ve gone, the banana bread had run out. It’s not too sweet and just crumbles in your mouth. If you’re lucky, the only piece left will be the heel of the bread and you’ll get it for free!

Moka Coffee

Moka Coffee is also a café that focuses more on their coffee but still has a great selection of foods. It’s a small and cozy place — perfect for a slow start to your morning or to settle and get some work done. I’ve tried their Coffee Crumble Cake which is absolutely divine. The cake is moist but light and airy, and the crumble topping on top gives the cake a good amount of sweetness.

Caffe Trieste

Caffe Trieste in North Beach will whisk you off to Italy once you step inside, smell the coffee, and see the display of the pastries. Its cozy atmosphere makes you want to sit there and talk with family and friends over some coffee and treats.

I highly recommend getting the hot chocolate. The hot chocolate is creamy and foamy, but the best parts are the huge dollop of house-made whipped cream on top and the residue of the chocolate at the bottom — that’s what your spoon is for.

Marla Bakery

Marla Bakery is a little stall at the Ferry Building that sells all sorts of baked goods. With tables outside, it’s perfect for a short rest from walking around the Ferry Building and enjoying the views at the piers.

The biscuits at Marla are my favorite. They have sweet and savory biscuits, and you should probably get both because it’s going to be hard to decide. The savory biscuit has tons of layers and is filled with a slight hint of cheese that brings all the flavors together.

La Boulangerie de San Francisco

La Boulangerie de San Francisco has a great selection of breads and pastries, but there’s one dessert that always draws my eyes, stomach, and heart — the bread pudding. But it’s not just any bread pudding: It’s a Croissant Bread Pudding. When you use your fork to take a bite from the huge slice you receive, the fork cuts with a satisfying crunch through the flaky and buttery crust on top and glides through the creamy custard filled with croissant bits. It’s so indulgent that you won’t want to put your fork down.

Caffe Sapore

Caffe Sapore is the place to go for lunch, especially for their bagels and salads. They are filled with fresh veggies, and the huge portions are sure to fill you up and get you ready for the rest of the day.

I usually get the Veggie Bagel, which is stuffed with avocado, tomato, sprouts, lettuce, cucumber, and onions, all dressed with some olive oil. You’re going to need to take a huge bite out of this bagel to try to get all the flavors at once, but it’ll be worth the struggle. Don’t forget to end your lunch with the hot chocolate, which is generously topped off with whipped cream.

There are definitely so many more cafés in San Francisco just waiting to be discovered. In our busy daily lives, it can be difficult to take time and just let go, but walking around and exploring is something I really enjoy doing and hope more people, including myself, will have more time for. Who knows what food place could be lying around the corner of the street you always hurried past?

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Forget All About Reeses with This Peanut Butter

Banana bread has made its way to be an American classic, and for good reason. It’s sweet, moist, delicious and it’s certainly a favorite in my home.

But as great as banana bread is, I find it can get to be a bit boring without any new fun additions every once and a while. That’s where the peanut butter and chocolate chips come in. This banana bread is made with peanut butter and chocolate chips in the batter, then drizzled with peanut butter and chocolate chips on top. Yummy.

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