Look at this handsome man:
Look how happy he is! How cute! How adorable! How… OK, enough about the boyfriend. Gosh, I’m gross. You know what’s not gross?
BANANAS-FOSTER-STYLE BANANA BREAD! Which is what Mr. Sir here is eating. No wonder he looks so happy. This stuff is the shiznits. I cobbled it together from a few different recipes last night, and figured I’d share here for posterity.
A quick note: It’s imperative that you pour the toffee over the bread before the toffee cools– the toffee will turn goopy and hard as it cools. Liquid, it soaks into the bread and adds a chewy texture to the top. If your toffee does cool, however, you can mix in water, a tablespoon at a time, over high heat. Mix until the toffee becomes liquid again.
Without further ado:
You will need:
A loaf pan, or an 8×8 cake pan, as I used.
Glass measuring cup
Ingredients for the bread, modified from this incredible recipe:
- 3 ripe bananas, peeled
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 Tablespoon of molasses
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
- 1 cup pecans, crushed (optional)
- 1 cup chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat your oven to 350°F, and grease your pan.
Mash your bananas into a smooth slurry. Add melted butter and mix until smooth.
Beat the egg with the vanilla and mix it in to the banana mixture.
Add sugar, salt, baking soda, and molasses.
Mix in the flour and the cinnamon. Fold in nuts and chips, if desired.
Pour into pan. Bake for forty minutes, turning once, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
Remove from oven and poke repeatedly with a fork or knife, all over the top, making rows of holes to soak up the yummy toffee. Quickly make the topping.
For the toffee topping:
- 1/3 cup of butter
- 2/3 cups of sugar
- 2 Tablespoons of molasses
- 3 1/2 Tablespoons of rum OR one teaspoon of rum extract
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
Melt the butter in your saucepan over medium heat. Add other ingredients and bring to a boil. Boil for two minutes. Immediately pour over bread.
Let sit for at least an hour, or overnight.
Love and banana bread to all!