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Strawberry Brown Butter Banana Bread

Sweet strawberries and nutty brown butter give this classic quick bread a modern flair.
By Stephanie Wise

Banana bread was a serious weakness in my family’s house growing up. The minute we smelled even a whiff of my mom’s signature recipe baking away in the oven, we could think of nothing else but getting a bite of that special, swoon-worthy treat. To this day, the smell of fresh banana bread gives me comfort – and a growling stomach. 

Now, in my own kitchen, I love taking my mom’s traditional recipes to my own family but with my own style added to the mix. Whether it’s a quick bread or a casserole, to me there’s nothing better than Mom’s home cooking and baking with an updated twist.

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This recipe for strawberry-brown butter banana bread is a tasty new take on the classic quick bread. The combination of sweet strawberries and nutty brown butter add a modern flair to the taste of banana bread that gives just enough oomph to its flavor profile without taking away that comforting classic taste.

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Brown butter is super easy to make, and it adds a delicious flavor dimension to almost any recipe that calls for butter. All you have to do is melt butter in a saucepan until it just turns a rich, golden brown. Then, quickly remove it from the heat and pour it through a sieve, if necessary, to remove any blackened bits.

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And of course, nothing can beat the partnership of strawberries and bananas. My husband compared the taste of this bread to a fruity smoothie -- which makes sense, considering how chockfull of fresh fruit this recipe is! Whether you love traditional recipes or modern twists, this is one banana bread that anyone can enjoy.



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