Banana bread is one of those comforting, can’t-miss recipes that makes people of all ages stop and indulge. It’s homey, hearty and it works perfectly as a breakfast, snack or dessert.
If you’re looking for a new way to breathe life into your old banana bread recipe, look no further than this simple modification: Add sour cream to the mix.
Yes, sour cream is a genius way to keep baked goods moist and full of flavor. It has the a ratio of fat and acidity that makes it perfect for use in baked goods, and its unique tang adds both depth and richness to any treat.
A recipe for Sour Cream Banana Bread that we found at Mel’s Kitchen Cafe, uses 1/2 cup of sour cream in her wet ingredients, making up the other 1/2 cup with either applesauce or an oil, such as canola or coconut.
In a different recipe, found at Oh Sweet Basil, sour cream is used more sparingly (only 5 tablespoons), but it still plays a crucial role in the dish. That recipe also includes mini chocolate chips to make the bread extra decadent.
One way to make sour cream banana bread even more memorable is by adding a glaze. Over at A Latte Food, Michelle prepares a simple glaze with maple syrup, butter, vanilla and powdered sugar. Remember to let the glaze rest for a while after you prepare it so that it has time to thicken before you pour it over your cooled banana bread.
Or how about topping it with a Vanilla Browned Butter Glaze, like in this recipe from Averie Cooks? For this simple recipe, you need to brown the butter on the stove (make sure you don’t burn it!) before adding vanilla and powdered sugar. Drizzle the beautiful white icing over your banana bread once it has cooled.
You can even bring in seasonal flavors by adding citrus zest to your glaze, or by using spices like cinnamon or nutmeg. What a perfect breakfast to serve on Christmas Day … as long as Santa Claus doesn’t eat it all the night before!