Quest for the Best Banana Bread 2

I had every intention of posting this delicious banana bread recipe yesterday, but the day just got away from me. It was a wonderful Mother’s Day spent with my little ones and was topped off with a special dinner that dad whipped up for me. It was the perfect day. It was also a great day to try a new banana bread recipe for our challenge. This time I picked the recipe that I’ve been dying to try – Bananas Foster Bread from Cooking Light magazine. I’m a huge fan of bananas foster. It was my favorite dish at a local New Orleans themed restaurant that sadly went out of business, so I was hoping that his recipe would fill the void.

We started by cooking the butter, brown sugar, bananas and cognac in a skillet over medium heat until bubbly.

We then added the cooked banana mixture to a mixing bowl with yogurt, more brown sugar and eggs.

The wet ingredients are then mixed at medium speed with a mixer. Next in a separate bowl we sifted the flour, baking soda and spices.

We folded the dry ingredients into the wet and stirred together until completely blended. We poured the batter into a greased loaf pan and baked the bread for 50 minutes at 350F. I just love how this makes the house smell! Once the bread was done we removed it and let it cool.

The magazine included a recipe for a glaze that also calls for cognac. We tried the recipe with imitation rum extract (to make it more kid friendly). After sampling the glaze we didn’t really like it. In fact Miss A said it best, “That’s nasty!” So we opted to leave off the glaze. Maybe it would have been better with the cognac, but I actually prefer banana breads without glaze anyway.

While this recipe is also very good, it’s no bananas foster. The bread is super moist and very flavorful. Dad and Miss A both give this recipe 3 spoons. Mr. N gives it 4 and I would give it 4, except that it doesn’t taste anything like bananas foster so I’m going with 3 as well. Feel free to send us your best banana bread recipe and we’ll throw it in the challenge. So far we have four more recipes to test. Yum!

Print this recipe: Bananas Foster Bread

25 thoughts on “Quest for the Best Banana Bread 2

    • ChefMom says:

      I just started laughing when I read this! There are SOOOOO many recipes! And I had no idea it was the most searched for dessert. Lots of people have over-rippened bananas laying around I guess. 😉 Thanks for sending this over.


  1. Mary says:

    These sound wonderful, fantastic pictures too, my family loves banana bread and I always seem to have some around that need using up, so thanks for a great recipe!


  2. Kay aka Babygirl says:

    Oh wow, dad did a wonderful job with this banana foster bread. This just looks delicious and I don’t normally eat bread lol. I hope you had such a wonderful Mother’s day. Wonderful bread for a wonderful mom.


  3. A_Boleyn says:

    Not a fan of bananas though I do buy them for my mom and when I buy too many I make banana bread too. And will actually eat a few pieces but I usually end up giving it away. I’m more intrigued by the IDEA of Bananas Foster … though I would do a crepe/ice cream version if I were going to do it. Now I just need to find a willing test subject. 🙂


  4. Charles says:

    Aaaah, that pic of the saucepan – img_9155 – I wouldn’t even go any further – I’d just sit and eat that with a spoon 😀 … but seriously though – my wife is always whipping up various types of banana bread to use up the brown bananas we have as I always buy too many – she often puts walnuts in too which is fantastic!


    • ChefMom says:

      I know what you mean. Whenever I make the crumble for a dutch apple pie – I just want to eat the crumble. Brown sugar and butter. Mmmmm. Walnuts might be a nice addition. Thanks Charles!


  5. Dawn says:

    This looks delicious, but I have to say that I am very partial to my mother’s recipe which is posted on my blog. I have 3 loaves in the freezer, because you really never know when you need to have banana bread :).


    • ChefMom says:

      Agreed! (Plus I enjoy sneaking slices out of the freezer. I love the way it melts in your mouth then.) Your recipe looks very similar to our favorite one as well. Mind if we add it to the quest? Isn’t it amazing – all of the banana bread recipes out there?! The kids are defnitely loving this though – they can never get enough banana bread!


  6. Linda says:

    I love baking up ANYTHING to have my home smell good! I will go along with the omitting the glaze as well, unless I was planning to serve as a dessert…and then I’d top the toasted banana bread slice with sauteed bananas!


    • ChefMom says:

      Hi Linda! Thanks for visiting and for the awesome suggestion! Now that sounds tasty – sauteed sliced bananas. Maybe that would have made it taste more like bananas foster. 😉


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