Thursday, May 12, 2005

Banana Bars with Browned Butter Pecan Frosting

Banana Bars with Browned Butter Pecan Frosting (Adapted from Land O Lakes)

For the cake

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup mashed ripe bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla

For the frosting

4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups confectioners' sugar
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted

To make the cake

Preheat oven to 375

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

In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter and sugars until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing until combined. Add sour cream, mashed banana and vanilla - mix until well combined. Add the dry ingredients and stir just until combined.

Scoop the mixture into a 10" x 15" baking pan coated with nonstick spray - spread the top smooth with an off-set spatula. Bake until golden and a toothpick placed in the center comes out mostly clean with a few moist crumbs attached, about 18 to 25 minutes. Place on a wire rack and cool completely.

To make the frosting

In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium - continue to cook, stirring constantly, until the butter releases a nutty aroma and just starts to turn golden, about 5 to 6 minutes. Remove and let cool completely.

In a small bowl, mix together browned butter, confectioners' sugar, cream cheese, vanilla and salt until well combined and smooth. Spread frosting over the bars and sprinkle with pecans.

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  1. OK, this has been bugging me for a long time: HOW do you manage to cut bars into such neat, tidy little squares? Mine are always oddly shaped, and if frosting is involved, it's even worse.

  2. These look so yummy, can't wait to try them!

  3. These look delicious. I love the sound of the brown butter icing - yum.

  4. Even the name of the recipe has my mouth watering!

  5. Lauren - Patience and a warm, clean and sharp knife!

    Tamy - Thanks!

    Katie - And it is just as delicious as it sounds!

    JEP - Yeah!

  6. I have some baananas that I have to do something with in the next day or so or throw them out. I was going to make (another) banana bread, but this sounds like a nice break from that.

  7. I'm going to make these this afternoon, but I noticed an issue with the recipe:

    "n a large mixing bowl, beat together butter and sugars until creamy. Add eggs..." and then further down "Combine sugar, 3/4 cup butter, brown sugar.." (I know what you mean, just figured you hadn't seen it.)

  8. I see what you mean Heather - it should be fixed, thanks!

  9. I made these yesterday and have had people begging for the recipe!

  10. Jenni - Fantastic! Thanks for the feedback.

  11. These were a hit at my house and at the office.

    They're going to the SuperBowl party too!

    Thanks for posting them again!

  12. Teri - Fantastic! Thank you for coming back to let us know!