Happy Monday! Did you enjoy your weekend? Did you watch the opening ceremony? I did and loved every minute. Then, in between my projects around the house, and getting ready for some summer guests I watched the swimming, the volleyball, the rowing, and many other games.
I also baked. I know that is a surprise.
I have been out on Pinterest, and have seen this banana bar recipe pinned many times; as I always have a few bananas laying around waiting for a recipe I thought I would try them. Boy am I happy I did! They were FABULOUS!
Banana Bars or Monkey Bars with Browned Butter Glaze
adapted from The Welcome Mat
1-1/2 c. sugar
1 c. sour cream
1/2 c. butter, softened
1-3/4 (3 or 4) ripe bananas, mashed
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. chopped walnuts (optional)
Brown Butter Frosting:
1/2 c. butter
4 c. powdered sugar
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 tbsp. milk
Heat oven to 375F. Grease and flour 15×10-inch jelly roll pan. For the bars, in a large bowl, beat together sugar, sour cream, butter, and eggs until creamy. Blend in bananas and vanilla extract. Add flour, baking soda, salt, and blend for 1 minute. Stir in walnuts(optional). Spread batter evenly into pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Heat butter in a large saucepan over medium heat until boiling. Let the butter turn a delicate brown and remove from heat immediately. Add powdered sugar, vanilla and milk. Mix until smooth. Immediately spread over the cake while warm, it spreads much easier.
As I said, these bars are delicious, they are moist and a little dense like banana bread. But the browned butter glaze puts these bars over the top. The glaze is sweet and a little salty from the browned butter and the little bits of browned butter are flecked in the glaze so it looks pretty too.
Notes: I did not add the walnuts because I do not like them. Also, the next time I am going to make more glaze, I would have liked more but that is just me (the recipes is more than enough). When making the glaze be careful with the butter, if you do not watch it, it will burn. And for my cake and oven setting 20 minutes was the correct amount of time.
I hope that you all have a great week! I am going to try but I will not lie, I have been beaten by the heat! I cannot stand it this hot for this long, sorry to be a whiner but I needed to vent.
Come back and tell me if you try these bars please, I love when people make the same things I do and then put a twist on the recipes. By the way, this banana cake recipe which I made awhile ago and pined to my Pinterest page is apparently quite popular because it has received 26,589 hits on my blog! Yes, I did write 26,589! Isn’t that crazy? I guess it is like they say, “the power of a pin.”
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