Feeding your loved ones is the best feeling in the world. Especially when said loved one is your super cute boyfriend (SCB henceforth). If you cook, I’m sure you know what I mean.
And isn’t it so fun to get to know your new significant other’s palate? So far, I’ve learned that SCB can’t eat food that’s too spicy. He doesn’t like ramen and would really rather go for tonkatsu. SCB is big on meat – his favorite breakfast is beef tapa, his favorite Filipino dish is caldereta, and he has no problem scarfing down a big hunk of steak. SCB is also really into dessert – his favorite fruit is mango and he loves ice cream. It’s so adorable!
Sorry for the diabetes.
I also recently learned that SCB really likes banana bread and I thought, hey, that’s something I could make! When I told him I would dazzle him with my banana bread, he asked if I could put Flat Tops in it because he liked them so much. Ugh. He really is the cutest!
I searched online for the best banana bread recipe and found this one which I tweaked a little bit. My recipe for Dreamy Banana Bread With Flat Tops (because it really is dreamy!) looked like this:
1 1/2 cups flour
1 t baking soda
1/4 t cinnamon
1/2 t salt
3/4 cup + 3 T sugar
1/2 cup brown butter
1 1/2 cups mashed very ripe bananas
2 T yogurt (or cream or sour cream)
1 t vanilla extract
2/3 cup toasted walnuts
20 Flat Tops
1. Pre-heat the oven to 160 C/325 F. Toast the walnuts. You can do this on a pan or pop them in a toaster/oven. Just make sure to keep an eye on them because once they start to brown, they will burn fast. I also find that by the time you can smell them toasting in the oven, they’re usually burnt. So don’t rely on your nose on this one. Set aside when done. Sift the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
2. Make brown butter by putting a little over 1/2 a cup of butter into a pan on medium heat and stirring often until it turns brown. This is the first time I’ve used brown butter and I think I’ll keep using it – it gives your end product a subtle nuttiness which is great!
I wondered if I should strain the brown bits so I looked it up and apparently you can but it’s the brown bits that make brown butter brown butter. So I didn’t. I love them toasty bits. Set aside to cool.
3. Mash bananas to make 1 and 1/2 cups. I ended up mashing 7 medium bananas. I also used my pastry cutter to get the job done. In case you’re contemplating on getting one, it’s one of my favorite kitchen tools because it’s inexpensive and so useful! When done mashing, cover with cling wrap and set aside.
4. Chop up the Flat Tops. Popping them in the fridge for about 20 minutes prior to chopping would make the job a lot easier. Trying not to eat too many is not very easy and I have no tip for that. Good luck!
5. When your brown butter has come to room temperature, whisk the eggs and sugar in a big bowl until light and fluffy.
6. Drizzle in the brown butter while whisking. Add mashed bananas, yogurt, and vanilla extract and whisk some more until everything is mixed well.
7. Add in dry ingredients (the sifted stuff from #1) and whisk until there are no specks of flour. When done, fold in the toasted walnuts (break them up by hand) and chopped Flat Tops.
8. Grease and flour the loaf pan. A neat little tip I saw on TV – before tossing the butter wrapper, use it to grease bakeware!
My loaf pan is slightly smaller than a 9-inch pan. I would peg it at somewhere between 6-7 inches. I filled it up about 3/4 of the way with the batter and the rest went into a muffin pan to make 4 banana muffins.
My muffin pan is also smaller than a standard one and they were done in about 20 minutes. Looky!
It smells wonderful while this bakes, by the way. And I’m positive this is the best banana bread I’ve ever made. It’s nutty and chock-full of banana flavor with the welcome chocolate goodness of Flat Tops. But the best part is the texture – light, fluffy, and moist! Dreeaaaamy.
The loaf took a little under an hour. As with the muffins, please check for doneness with a toothpick to be sure. It should come out dry when it’s done baking.
I can’t cut into this because it’s for the SCB.
I think he’ll like this a lot. ❤
Fun Food Fact: Bananas contain lots of potassium which makes them an excellent natural hangover cure. I reach for one after a night of drinking. And some spicy Korean noodles. And most definitely some greasy pizza and/or a burger.