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Tasting Notes

When you have a batch of Michael Mina's Caramelized Banana Whipped Butter on hand, the rich, sweet flavors of bananas foster are as easily accessible as a stick of butter from the fridge.

This simple spread elevates French toast, breakfast breads, pancakes and oatmeal, not to mention that it makes a great homemade gift. We caramelize the bananas to create a more developed and rich sweetness, and browned butter adds a nutty quality. Cinnamon, fresh-grated nutmeg and almond extract add interest to the bananas, while Cointreau brings acidity and a slight bitterness to the butter. Salt helps pull out the moisture out of the bananas and to balance the sweetness of the final spread.

Tips & Techniques

  1. Go bananas. When browning the bananas, keep the heat very low because you don’t want the bananas to brown before the sugars are done caramelizing. You can tell the bananas are done browning when the steam stops coming up from the pan.
  2. Mash, cool, whip. A fish spatula, which is a slotted spatula, makes a great tool for mashing the browned bananas. Once they’re mashed, they need to be completely cooled before they can be whipped into the butter.
  3. Banana butter for all. This recipe makes over a pound of butter, but the leftovers freeze well or can be held in the fridge in an airtight container. A small mason jar of Chef Mina’s banana butter makes a great gift.

Toolbox

This tool is one we find especially helpful when making this dish:

  1. Nutmeg grinder. A hand-cranked grinder has razor sharp rotary blades to release the nutmeg’s aromatic flavor, and it’s both easier and safer to use than rubbing nutmeg against the teeth of a handheld grater.

The list below includes all the equipment you’ll want to make this dish:

  • Stand mixer with whisk
  • Medium sauté pan
  • Microplane grater
  • Medium bowl
  • Nutmeg grinder
  • Reamer
  • Large bowl
  • Medium-sized bowl
  • Chef’s knife
  • Paring knife
  • Rubber spatula
  • Fish spatula (Peltex spatula)
  • Plastic wrap

Caramelized Banana Whipped Butter


Ingredients
  • 3 medium-sized bananas (ideally ripe bananas, with some brown spots)
  • 1 pound butter, room temperature
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 tablespoons Cointreau 
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 orange

Serves: 4-6

Total Time: 20 minutes

Active Time: 20 minutes

Method
  1. Peel the bananas and cut them into 1/3-inch rounds.
  2. Put the bananas slices in a bowl and season them lightly with a pinch of salt, cinnamon and grated nutmeg.
  3. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the seasoned bananas to the pan so that every piece lays flat. Let them slowly brown in the butter, about 6 to 10 minutes. Turn the slices over and caramelize on the other side, be careful not to let them burn.
  4. Add the Cointreau and the almond extract by pouring it around the edges of pan, letting the bananas soak it up until the pan is mostly dry. Add the zest and juice of the orange Note: you are looking for a deep golden brown to your bananas before flipping them over. Keep the flame low if needed to keep the bananas browning, but make sure not to burn the nutmeg.
  5. Save some of the banana slices for garnish and mash the rest of the mixture with a fork until smooth. A few small lumps are okay. Transfer the mix to a bowl, place in the refrigerator and cool completely.
  6. Place the remaining butter (which should be slightly softened but still cool) in large bowl. Completely incorporate the banana mixture into the butter with a rubber spatula and a fish spatula (Peltex) for smashing.
  7. Roll the butter in plastic wrap to create a log and then refrigerate until firm. You are bound to have more butter than you need for your French toast, but don’t fret, you can store the butter for up to 3 months in the freezer and a month in the refrigerator.

Tips: Caramelizing the bananas creates a more developed, rich sweetness for our whipped butter and the browned butter adds a nutty quality.

Here is a great way to turn this dish into a meal

Caramelized Banana Whipped Butter with toast, waffles or pancakes

Treat yourself to breakfast for dinner. This butter dresses up toast, waffles, pancakes, French toast, breakfast breads and pastries. It’s especially good folded into steal cut oatmeal with fresh bananas.

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