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Sophisticated Bite-Sized Banana Bread

Normally when I watch Top Chef, I imagine eating the dishes, but never think about making them. Maybe it's because I consider myself more of a Padma than a top chef, or maybe it's because the dishes always seem so complicated. Either way, it came as a surprise last week when — for the first time — I thought, OMG I have to make that.

The dish that I'm dying to make is Stephanie's banana bread. She said it was her mom's recipe, but she must have jazzed it up for the competition. I love how the bite-sized treat is garnished with a pretty banana slice. I'm planning on experimenting with the recipe — wouldn't these be amazing served at a brunch? — and thought maybe some of you would be interested in checking it out as well. Get the recipe, just


Banana Bread

Banana Bread

Banana Bread


  1. Cake:
  2. 1/3 cup butter, softened
  3. 2/3 cup sugar
  4. 3 ripe bananas
  5. 1 tsp vanilla
  6. 2 tsp baking powder
  7. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  8. 1 tsp salt
  9. 2 cups flour
  10. Caramel Sauce:
  11. 1 cup sugar
  12. 1/3 cup water
  13. 1 T corn syrup
  14. 4 egg whites, room temperature
  15. Caramel Meringue:
  16. 1 cup sugar
  17. 1 T corn syrup
  18. 2 T water
  19. 1 T salt (approximately)
  20. 1 T butter
  21. 1/4 cup cream


  1. Make the cake: heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Add in bananas and vanilla.
  3. In another bowl, combine dry ingredients. Add slowly to batter. Mix to combine.
  4. Butter or pan spray a 9x9 inch pan. Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Make the caramel meringue: put egg whites in mixer with whisk attachment.
  6. In a stainless steel pot, put sugar, water and corn syrup. Simultaneously put mixer on medium high and put pot on high on stove. Continue with both until sugar is boiling and the bubbles begin to look thicker. Turn mixer to medium and in a steady and continuous slow stream add sugar to whites. Turn mixer back up and whisk until cool and very stiff.
  7. Make the caramel sauce: put sugar, corn syrup and water in a stainless steel pot. Turn on high heat. Heat until caramel colored.
  8. Remove from heat and whisk in butter, then cream sauce will fizz a little.
  9. Let cool a bit then add salt. Season until salt stands up to the sweetness.
  10. To serve, top the cake with caramel, then meringue. Torch the meringue to brown and garnish with banana slices, if desired. If you do not have a torch, broil quickly in the oven.

Makes 1 cake.

Join The Conversation
starkiss23 starkiss23 9 years
This looks so good! I wonder if it is more cakey or bread-y?
tkoblondee tkoblondee 9 years
When I make banana bread I have to bake extra for friends etc. I wonder if I could get away with just giving them one of these???
GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 9 years
mmm! I LOVE banana bread!
nancita nancita 9 years
This looked delicious on Top Chef. It's funny: I thought this would be a super-simple recipe but of course it's not. Makes me even more impressed by how fast they work on Top Chef.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I just made banana bread on Friday!
Advah Advah 9 years
Haha I'm with you Jude! A banana bread is not a real banana bread if it doesn't come from a tray full of more banana bread - I always get at least 3 pieces of it.
Sun_Sun Sun_Sun 9 years
seems too hard to make =(
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Okay, if someone handed me a portion of banana bread that small on a plate, I'd just be p!ssed off :ROTFL: I'm not a fan of the "tiny food on a big pretty plate" thing.
will205 will205 9 years
i love banana bread - this is like breakfast tapas!
LaPerla2 LaPerla2 9 years
wow. this looks so good but so fattening. we're bananas in my house.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 9 years
I go ape for banana bread.
Marci Marci 9 years
Oh, I think these look like the sweetest little things! Nice for a brunch.
mominator mominator 9 years
I love banana bread but this pic doesn't look to appetizing.
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