Banana Bread With Chocolate Graham Crumble

The latest in my series of attempts on my spiritual quest to achieve banana bread nirvana.

Ingredients

Banana Bread

  • 1/2 cup butter, browned and cooled
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups very ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 3/4 cup rye flour
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 shots good bourbon

Chocolate Graham Crumble

  • 2/3 cup chocolate graham cracker crumbs (not too crumbled, you want some good chunks)
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Steps

Step 1

Bourbon Banana Bread: Preheat oven to 375

Step 2

Whisk flours, salt, and baking soda together in a large bowl and set aside. Add the whiskey to the mashed bananas and let sit for a few minutes. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the cooled browned butter and sugar together until it's very light and fluffy. Let it go for 5 minutes. It seems like forever, but it really makes a difference in the texture of the finished product!

Step 3

Add the eggs one at a time and mix on low speed to combine. Add the vanilla and whiskey bananas, and mix on low/medium speed until it all comes together. It may look lumpy, but that's ok.

Step 4

Now alternate adding a bit of the flour mixture and the almond milk and mix after each addition until you've used it all and it's just combined. Don't overmix.

Step 5

Pour into your pan. I used this really cute IKEA pony pan set my boss gave me, but you could use a 9 inch cast iron skillet (my usual banana bread go-to) or an 9 inch square or round cake pan, greased and lined with parchment. Put it in the preheated oven and set the timer for 15 minutes. Then get on with the crumble.

Step 6

Crumble: Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl with a fork until crumbs are just moistened.

Step 7

After 15 minutes, take the partially baked banana bread out of the oven and sprinkle the crumble all over the top.

Step 8

Put it back in the oven and set timer for another 10-12 minutes. Check it. If the edges look done and a toothpick in the center comes out cleanish, it's done. It may need up to another 10 minutes depending on your oven.

Step 9

Let cool on a rack before cutting.