{Brown Butter Banana Bars}

We got a fancy camera a while back. I've not really been using it, it's a bit scary fancy but today I braved it to do justice to these brown butter banana bars. How cute is that name? I do sometimes make things just because they have a cute name. Call me shallow.

So you see those flecks in the icing? those my friends are brown butter, this icing is a revelation, maybe the best icing I have ever ever tasted! Really? Yes Really! It surely does make the humble banana cake sing, you should really try these bars, maybe you've got a couple of bananas ready to go, and I don't mean to go on and on about the icing but well you put it on the banana bars while they are still slightly warm resulting in just the right amount of buttery icing melting into the cake, so are you on your way to the kitchen or what?!

...banana bars
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
60g butter, softened
1 egg
1 cup (about 2)very ripe bananas, mashed
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup plain flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

...brown butter icing
60g butter
2 cups icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp milk

Heat oven to 180. Line an 20cm square brownie pan with baking paper. In a large bowl, beat together sugar, sour cream, butter, and eggs until creamy. Add in bananas and vanilla extract, stir then add flour, baking soda, salt, stir some more until just combined. Pour into pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool slightly and then remove from pan using the paper to lift. 

Meanwhile, for the icing, pop your butter into a heatproof dish with either a lid or a plate on top. Microwave butter for 5 - 7 minutes, you will hear it bubble and pop and afterwards it should be perfectly golden brown with those delightful little brown flecks (you can also do the same thing on the stove top). Add the icing sugar, vanilla extract and milk. Whisk together until smooth and thick.

Spread the icing on the bars after they have cooled for about 10-15 minutes, you don't want the icing to slide right off but you want enough warmth in it that it does the slightly melty thing.


  1. Oh I might have to make this for Corey. He loves banana bread!

  2. divine honey! i'm in love with that burnt butter icing...it truely was the bomb! As for the fancy camera - i thought so...those camp photos were awesome you were showing me today...don't be scared your photos are so lovely! I'm off to email you that tiramisu recipe x

  3. Burnt butter...YUM! I've tried a Nigella burnt butter cupcake recipe that was absolutely divine!
    Hmm, I do love the addition of sour cream in a banana cake and well that icing will make it so much more tempting...I dare myself to stop at one slice :)

  4. I literally jumped out of my seat when I saw these - I was cursing earlier today that we always end up with at least three brown bananas in the fruit bowl each week.

    I am absolutely going to make these tomorrow.

    Nina x


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