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February 28, 2011

Butterscotch Banana Bread

I love a good banana bread. Usually, in the past, I have eaten others' banana breads. I decided it was time to make my own! There are tons of banana bread recipes that I want to make and have bookmarked from other blogs. But I decided to start with this one because I love butterscotch!

Sugar Plum has some amazing photos of her bread! Next time I would definitely take a picture of the banana bread sliced. I don't know why I didn't do that this time! Silly me. I'm slowly learning to take pictures of everything. A million pictures. From a million different views. And that way there has to be at least a couple of good shots right?

Go ahead and preheat that oven before you forget! Spray the loaf pan with cooking spray. In a small pot, melt the butter over medium heat and cook for 3 minutes. Keep whisking often and cook until the butter foams and turns golden. The point is to get a nice browned (not burnt!) butter. Then add in the banana and cook for 2 minutes, whisking until smooth. Already sounding delicious!

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder & soda, salt, and cinnamon. We will call this the flour mixture.

Now, in a separate large mixing bowl, whisk together the butter-banana mixture and brown sugar until well combined. Then whisk in the eggs and vanilla until combined.

Then sift the dry flour mixture into the wet banana mixture and fold in, mixing well into a batter.

Then pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. I know you love these step-by-steps  :)

This is the part I kinda sucked at. I wanted it to turn out oh-so-pretty and swirly. I wanted you to be able to see the swirl once baked. I guess I need to master this skill a bit better next time. Anyways, swirl the melted butterscotch into the batter using a knife (or whatever handy tool you have. If you have better suggestions than a knife, let me know!).

Then bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Cool before slicing.

Oh this was so yummy! I wanted a little bit more of a butterscotch flavor though. That's just me, the recipe is great as is. I love butterscotch, so I just wanted more, and so if you are like me then do the same. If not then stick to the recipe, because it's damn good! I think next time I would try it with 1/2 cup butterscotch chips instead of 1/3 cup. I'm not even sure if that would make a difference at all. But next time I think I will try that. I have modified the recipe below to include that minor change.


Butterscotch Banana Bread
slightly adapted from Sugar Plum

*Makes 1 loaf
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup mashed ripe banana
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch chips, melted

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.

In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat and cook 3 minutes, whisking frequently until butter foams and turns golden brown. Whisk in mashed banana and cook for 2 minutes, stirring until creamy.

In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk together the butter-banana mixture and brown sugar until combined. Then whisk in the eggs and vanilla until combined.

Sift the dry flour mixture into the wet banana mixture, folding in and combining until well mixed, like a batter.
Pour batter into greased pan. Swirl the melted butterscotch into the batter using a knife or any other appropriate utensil. Bake 40 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. A toothpick should come out clean when inserted into the loaf. Cool completely before slicing.

Can't wait to make this again! And many more banana bread recipes, for that matter. Do you guys like banana bread as much as I do?

Peace, and bacon grease  ;)


Unknown said...

I love love love Banana bread! This sounds incredible with butterscotch! I love your pics of it too!!

Mostly Food and Crafts said...

I love banana bread! Your recipe sounds great!

Unknown said...

Oh how delish! I am your newest follower too, thanks for commenting at my blog.

Emily said...

You know, you could even add 3/4 cup butterscotch chips and I bet it would work. 1/3 cup seems like a weird amount... I wonder if that's all I had? Haha.

Anyway, this looks great! I'm so happy you liked it. I love the step-by-step pictures.

Unknown said...

I LOVE banana bread. It's one of my favorite sweet breads. I love the addition of butterscotch in this! YUM!
If you want to try and very simple version of banana bread, I love this one, the cinnamon crumble topping makes it:

Cassie said...

I think your pictures, and the bread, look absolutely wonderful! I usually stick with my trusty banana bread recipe, but this looks like a twist that's too goood not to try!

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

This sounds fantastic with the butterscotch! Super yum! I'm with you, I'd up the butterscotch flavor a bit, thanks!

Kym @ Travel Babbles said...

Oh goodness my mouth is salivating! Banana bread is my favorite and I love love LOVE butterscotch! Bookmarking now! =)

Desi said...

@ Holly & Danielle - thanks ladies!

@ Jennifurla - thanks for following. I soooo appreciate it!

@ Emily - you crack me up! That's how many of my recipes happen, by using however much I have of a certain item. And that is an honor for you to like my step by step pics, considering you are a photography genius!

@ Jenn - thanks for the banana bread recipe, I will definitely be bookmarking it and that topping sounds so good!

@ Cassie - You are too sweet! I will have to check out your banana bread recipe! I need to test out different ones to find the best!

@ Debbie - thanks for stopping by, I'm loving your blog. So glad I found it today!

@ KY - Hope to see you back again, thanks for taking the time to check out my blog!

Unknown said...

WOW!!! this looks and sound YUMMY!!!
I LOVE the idea of the butterscotch chips.
I have become a follower, stop by and visit anytime.

Unknown said...

Oh... YUM. This looks to die for. I love banana bread and have never considered adding butterscotch. I bet it's spectacular!

Hope you'll swing over to to enter my CSN giveaway this week.

Tree said...

Oh, this sounds AWESOME! I love banana bread, but with butterscotch?! YUM!!

Desi said...

@ heartnsoulcooking... thanks so much for following! Your bbq chicken pizza recipe looks soooo good!

@ Erin.... I entered your giveaway yay! I appreciate you stopping by to tell me about it because I am a couple weeks behind on my blog reading!

@ Tree... That Emily is a genius for adding butterscotch, isn't she?

Christy said...

Oh I love the addition of the butterscotch I bet this is just amazing bread. Thanks for linking it to the Hearth and Soul Hop.

Lyssa Beth said...

Thanks so much for stopping by and linking up! Don't forget a button!
I will definitely be trying this one out. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I love a good banana bread and this looks so delicious! Thank you for linking with us.

Angie @ Cocina Diary

Mindie Hilton said...

Thanks for the invite. We are foodie soulmates, lol. I am now following your blog. If you would like to feature one of your bacon recipes on my blog bacon time with the hungry hungry hypo just let me know.

Also I have a big give away coming up real soon on my blog. I will be giving away a set of 3 aprons I made (mommy, daughter, doll set). Be on the look out for it.

Desi said...

@ Christy @ Lyssa & Angie ... you are welcome, love the linkies!

@ Mindie... I would LOVE to feature a recipe of mine one of these days.... let me look into some recipes I have and see if any qualify. If not, I'll definitely keep it in mind for future bacon recipes! And thanks for informing me of your giveaway... I'll be sure to stop by!

Christina said...

Such a cute blog! I love the font! Thanks for stopping by Friday Firsts to share this yummy recipe. :)

Unknown said...

i bet this is delicious. butterscotch and banana must be an amazing combination. i might have to hide a few bananas from hubster so i have some that are a bit overripe. thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club.


This looks really tasty. I love the way you label your photos. That must take a lot of time but it is very effective. Thanks for sharing.

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

MMMM butterscotch in banana bread?? Yum - have to try this recipe!

Sue said...

Wow, this banana bread recipe looks exceptional! YUM!

Desi said...

@ Christina, thanks I love the font too! I may change it up though... there are so many great fonts I need to use!

@ Christy, yes it is a great combo!

@ Permanent Posies.... yes labeling my photos and editing them does take quite a long time! That's why I am not able to post tons of recipes a week :( I wish I was quicker at it, therefore I could get in more posts each week. I'm glad you like it though, I appreciate it! And it makes all that time spent worth it : )

@ Lisa, let me know if you like it or make any adjustments!

@ Sue, thanks! I am really wanting some more right now... time to bake another loaf soon!

briarrose said...

Butterscotch and banana bread...what a wonderful combination. :)

CollegeBakerGirl said...

I must must must try this! Thanks for stopping by CollegeBakerGirl :)

Desi said...

@ CollegeBakerGirl - Let me know how you like it or if you make any changes worth noting!