Cakes & Pies, Recipes, sweet tooth

Caramel Banana Bread

Think of this as a breakfast bread version of bananas Foster.

With its super-moist texture, buttery banana and caramel flavors, and incredibly soft crumb, this is my favorite banana bread recipe. It’s not only drizzled with caramel—it’s stuffed with it too!

Check out my Nutella Swirled Banana bread recipe too.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted, plus more for pan
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 4 super ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup caramel, plus more for drizzling

Homemade Caramel Sauce

  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar 
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoon butter, cubed

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350° and butter and flour a 9″-x-5″ loaf pan. 

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.

In another large bowl, mix sugar, butter, buttermilk, vanilla, egg and egg yolk until smooth. 

Pour wet ingredients over dry and stir until combined, then fold in mashed bananas and caramel.

Transfer batter to the prepared baking dish. 

Bake until deeply golden and a toothpick comes out clean, about 1 hour. 

Let cool for at least 10 minutes.

Drizzle with caramel.

Homemade Caramel Sauce Instructions

Add the sugar and water to a 3-quart heavy bottomed saucepan; stir a little so it sits in a flat, even layer.

Warm pot over medium heat and cook until the sugar dissolves, turns clear, and starts to bubble. (It will be cloudy at first, but will turn into a clear, bubbling liquid.) This takes about 3-4 minutes.

(At this point, do not stir again – simply allow to bubble, swirl the saucepan occasionally and brush down the sides of the pan, as needed, to prevent crystallization.)

Sugar will form clumps, but continue swirling and cooking until the mixture thickens and turns a deep amber color like honey (this can take anywhere from 8-12 minutes), keeping a watchful eye so the mixture doesn’t burn.

Carefully add the butter and whisk until completely melted. (The caramel will bubble up rapidly, so be careful and continue to whisk.)

Remove the saucepan from the heat and slowly pour in the cream, whisking continuously until all of the cream has been incorporated.

Whisk in the vanilla and salt.

Set aside to cool in the pan for 10 minutes.

Then pour into a lidded glass jar and allow to cool completely. (It will thicken as it cools.)

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