Brown Butter Banana Strawberry Bread

One of my favorite food blogs is Joy the Baker. I spend endless hours drooling over her fabulous creations and after many months of just being a voyeur on her blog, I finally used one of her recipes.

It was perfect as I had overripe bananas and strawberries that had to be consumed within the day to save them from being relegated to the trash. Here is the recipe I used to make a really nice banana strawberry loaf.


Brown Butter Banana Strawberry Bread

Makes one 9×5 inch loaf


6 ounces unsalted butter, melted and browned to just over 1/2 cup of butter

2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4-cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 cup plain yogurt (any fat content) or buttermilk

1 1/4 cup mashed banana (from about 3 medium bananas)

1/2 cup diced strawberries plus 1 strawberry very thinly sliced, for topping


  • Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease and flour a 9×5-inch loaf pan and set aside.
  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Butter will begin to foam and crackle as it melts.
  • When the crackling subsides, the butter will begin to brown.
  • Swirl the pan and the butter cooks.
  • When the butter brown and begins to smell nutty, remove the pan from the flame and transfer the butter to a small bowl.
  • Taking the butter out of the hot saucepan will stop the butter from overcooking and burning.
  • Set aside to cool.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, vanilla extract, and yogurt or buttermilk.
  • Whisk in the mashed bananas.
  • When butter has cooled, whisk in the browned butter.
  • Add the wet ingredients, all at once to the dry ingredients.
  • Fold together, making sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl to reveal any hidden pockets of flour.
  • Fold in the diced strawberries.
  • Fold together ingredients, but try not to over stir.
  • Spoon batter into prepared pan and top with thinly sliced strawberries.
  • Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until a skewer inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to rest in the pan for 15 minutes, before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Bread will last 4 days, well wrapped at room temperature.
  • This loaf also freezes well.

6 thoughts on “Brown Butter Banana Strawberry Bread

  1. Hi,

    Just to clarify, in every cake recipie should one sift the flour as a first step?


    Ps- my mom tried the vanilla cake recipie and she said it turned out really well!

    • Hi,
      No – only sift if the recipe calls for it. The vanilla cake does not need to be sifted.

  2. Hi there,

    Just wondering can I use this recipie to make just banana bread minus the strawberries or does it go horribly wrong?


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