But I guess that would indicate a good weekend, huh? Robbie and I had another lovely couple of days, very laid back and relaxed. Just our style. Let's have a little recap.
Saturday morning Robbie had to go into work for a few hours [it's busy season, remember?], so I hopped off [not literally] to the gym to meet Hollyann for a little workout. That afternoon, I met up with Robbie at Starbucks to work for a few more hours, and then we were off to the Creighton Men's Basketball game vs. Bradley. All in all, the game wasn't too crazy, there didn't seem to be much energy from the players or fans. It was one of those games where you knew the 'good' team would pull it out, so regardless of a close score no one got overly excited. But Creighton did 'pull it out', marking their 20th win of the season.
On Sunday, Robbie and I got our hair[s] cut together and then hung out with the pups at home for the rest of the day. And don't worry, I definitely got some baking in on Sunday with our free time, but I'm saving that kitchen adventure for later this week. So stay tuned.
Anywho, what do these Banana Bread Bars have to do with anything? Well, nothing. I'm having a hard time correlating anything significant from our weekend to these bars. Dang it. But one thing is for sure, they are outrageously addicting and will become one of my go-to banana recipes from here on out. They are that scrumptious.
You may recall the Banana Cake I made just a bit ago and say to yourself "what's the diff?". And you'll say 'diff', too. Now don't get me wrong, the Banana Cake was fantastic, as every recipe has been from Bake or Break, and much more of a classic rendition. But what we have here is anything but classic. However, I still can't seem to fathom why I haven't seen more recipes with bananas and brown butter, because this, ladies and gents, should be illegal. In all 50 states.
These bars? OooOOo, these bars. So stinkin' good! The banana bars themselves are, yes, reminiscent of banana bread, yet a touch more dense. They actually kind of remind me of the texture of my favorite Pumpkin Bars, ridiculously moist and full. And the banana flavor is extrememly prominent but absolutely wonderful. But what takes these bars to the next level and beyond is the brown butter frosting. I can't really explain it, but this combination just works. More than works, actually. It's like peanut butter and jelly, simply made for each other. Got me?
Please note, my description did, in no way, do these bars justice. You'll just have to make them to see for yourself. Waistline, be warned .
- When browning the butter, make sure to pay close attention. The 'turn' happens quickly and before you know it, you'll have extra burnt butter, which is not good...
Banana Bread Bars:
1-1/2 c. sugar
1 c. sour cream
1/2 c. butter, softened
1-3/4 c. (3 or 4) ripe bananas, mashed
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. chopped walnuts (optional)
Brown Butter Frosting:
1/2 c. butter
4 c. powdered sugar
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 tbsp. milk
1. Heat oven to 375F. Grease and flour 15x10-inch jelly roll pan. For the bars, in a large bowl, beat together sugar, sour cream, butter, and eggs until creamy. Blend in bananas and vanilla extract. Add flour, baking soda, salt, and blend for 1 minute. Stir in walnuts.
2. Spread batter evenly into pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
3. Meanwhile, for frosting, heat butter in a large saucepan over medium heat until boiling. Let the butter turn a delicate brown and remove from heat immediately.
4. Add powdered sugar, vanilla extract and milk. Whisk together until smooth (it should be thicker than a glaze but thinner than frosting). Using a spatula, spread the brown butter frosting over the warm bars (the frosting will be easier to spread while the bars are still warm).