Brown Butter Strawberry Banana Bread

The first time I made this bread, I took it to Nashville when I went to visit family.


(photo credit to Aunt Janetta)


(photo credit to Jane)

The second time I made it, I took it to work. Here’s what I’ve decided: anything that involves browned butter must be shared. It’s just too good to keep to yourself.


Coincidentally, I feel the same way about strawberries.
The first step in making browned butter is to eat a full meal. This reduces the possibility that you’ll casually ingest all of the product. Then, put the butter in a pan over medium heat and stir.
That’s it. That’s all you do. The butter will foam and crackle, and then begin to smell nutty and darken in color. Bingo. Immediately remove the butter from the pan so that it won’t burn.
Once it’s off the heat, smell it. A lot. Try not to drool. Then, you just use it as your recipe calls for it. Just make sure it’s cooled a bit before incorporating.
My favorite thing about this recipe are the pieces of minced strawberry that get baked into the bread. I mean, banana bread is already moist and delicious, but add little strawberry nuggets… it doesn’t get any better.
Actually, I take that back. The thinly sliced strawberries on top are the best part.

Here’s the recipe:

(thanks to Joy the Baker, yet again!)


6 ounces unsalted butter


2 cups flour


3/4 cup brown sugar


1 t baking soda


1/2 t salt


3/4 t cinnamon


2 eggs


1 t pure vanilla extract


1/4 cup plain yogurt


3 medium mashed bananas


1/2 cup diced strawberries


1 strawberry, thinly sliced for the top



Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9×5 inch loaf pan. Set it aside.

Brown the butter, set it aside to cool.

Whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl.

In another mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, yogurt, and vanilla, then incorporate the mashed bananas. Last, add the cooled brown butter.

Incorporate wet ingredients into dry.

Fold in the diced strawberries. Careful not to over-work!

Pour the batter into the loaf pan, top with sliced strawberries, and place pan on a rack in the center of the oven.

Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until an inserted toothpick comes out mostly clean.

Let cool, then slice and share. Preferably with creamy coffee.


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