Fragrant Brown Butter Banana Bread with Rolled Barley + Friday Favourites

Brown Butter Banana Bread Brown Butter Banana Bread

I’ve been meaning to do a ‘Friday Favourites’ series on this blog for quite awhile now. There’s just something fun about curating a personalised list of things each week — picks from all over the web, links to interesting articles, great ideas, pretty objects, delicious food, etc. I know it’s Saturday right now (in Australia, anyway), but better late than never!

Friday Favourites { 18 September 2015 }

1 | Cold sesame noodles with chopped cucumber and bean salad / easy & refreshing!
2 | Photography by Rob Sese / those landscape shots are dreamy & to-die-for.
3 | Salted rosemary lattes / yes, please — two cups if you don’t mind.
4 | Zoofari Lodge, Taronga Western Plains Zoo / closest I’d probably get to going to Africa.
5 | 50 unpredictable & non-clichéd places to travel to in your 20s / this list!

Brown Butter Banana Bread Brown Butter Banana Bread

Yes, contrary to popular belief, the world does need another banana bread recipe. Just kidding, there are thousands out there. But seriously, who doesn’t like a good banana bread? We browned some butter for this one. You know, just to fancy it up a little, give it that nice nutty aroma, deepen that flavour profile, make your life more difficult than it already is. Nah, other than browning the butter, this recipe is pretty straight forward. Just a word of caution: it’s nothing like that healthy recipe you found the other day in that paleo-low-carb-sugar-free-vegan cookbook… not that the healthy version is gonna give you abs of steel anyway, so perhaps you ought to give this one a go instead? ;-)

Brown Butter Banana Bread Brown Butter Banana Bread Brown Butter Banana Bread

One of the best ways to serve up this banana bread? Cut into thick slices, pop them in a toaster oven, crisp up those edges, and slather on some butter. Or tahini. I’ve got this odd hankering for tahini lately. Probably because of the white chocolate chip matcha tahini cookies we made the other day. Oh yes, make sure you use bananas that are nice and ripe here. They’ll give the banana bread a stronger, sweeter fragrance, and they’ll also be much easier to mash into a pulp. Banana mashing can be tough business.

Brown Butter Banana Bread Brown Butter Banana Bread Brown Butter Banana Bread

Fragrant Brown Butter Banana Bread with Rolled Barley
Recipe yields 1 full loaf in a deep 9″ x 5″ pan.


50g unsalted butter, room temperature
2 1/4 cups self-raising flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3 large bananas, mashed
1/2 cup full cream (whole) milk

to sprinkle:
rolled barley flakes (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F) and line a deep 9″ x 5″ loaf pan with non-stick baking paper (or grease and flour pan).
  2. To brown the butter, place butter in a pan over medium-low heat, swirling frequently to ensure even cooking. Once the butter starts to foam, watch closely until the milk solids start to brown and the butter gives off a nutty aroma. Take pan off the heat and leave to cool.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, combine flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix thoroughly.
  4. In a separate (larger) bowl, whisk the butter, sugar, eggs, mashed bananas and milk together until well combined.
  5. Slowly stir the dry ingredients into the wet mixture until just combined. Do not overmix – a lumpy batter is fine.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan and sprinkle with rolled barley flakes (optional). Bake for 40 – 45 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the middle of the loaf comes out clean.
  7. Remove from oven and let stand in pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

Brown Butter Banana Bread
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8 thoughts on “Fragrant Brown Butter Banana Bread with Rolled Barley + Friday Favourites

    1. Who doesn’t love a good banana bread recipe? Especially one with toasty brown butter and yummy brown sugar and lovely spices? ;) Thank you for dropping by yet again, Sophie! Always nice to hear from you! xx

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