Brown butter adds a deep, caramel-like note of nutty richness to this decadent make-ahead banana bread. To hit the proper note, 2020 F&W Best New Chef Lena Sareini insists on waiting until your bananas are extremely ripe—very speckled and mushy. “Be patient,” she says. “That’s the only way the banana flavor is going to show through.” For an easy next-level topping, make this Banana-Caramel Sauce.
At Dovecote Café in Baltimore, this banana bread is one of many awesome baked goods served on a daily basis. The recipe comes from owner Aisha Pew’s mother, Gilda Bain-Pew, and includes super-ripe bananas and a hit of banana liqueur (but it’s still quite good without the liqueur). Slideshow: More Banana Bread Recipes
This incredibly moist gluten-free banana bread has a great flavor and an unbeatable cinnamon-sugar topper. Allowing the batter to stand at room temperature for 10 minutes so the starches absorb the liquid is the secret to this bread’s light crumb. Slideshow: More Healthy Banana Bread Recipes
The miso in this supremely delicious banana bread adds deeper, robust flavor. The bread is fantastic the day it's made, but it tastes even better the following day. Slideshow: More Banana Bread Recipes
This extraordinarily simple and tasty banana bread (with a moist center and crispy crust) is a Ritter family heirloom. "The recipe has been in our family for generations," Lisa Ritter says.Plus: F&W's Best Banana Bread Recipes