Saturday, June 20, 2009

Best Banana Bars yet

I have tried many, many recipes over the years. (If you don't believe me, ask my Kitchen Aid. Right now the gears groan even when I bake a simple cake like this one.) But I have to say this may be my new favorite-use-up-old-banana's recipe.

I tried this last week for a friends birthday, and it was absolutely delicious! Aidan thought mashing the banana's was the most fun ever, and we both agreed, while licking the bowl, that this was sure to be a winner. I know summer doesn't really seem like the time of year to bake with banana's, but this recipe is very light and summery, I think it may have something to do with the thick layer of whipped cream frosting.

This recipe is meant to be made into bars, but I think it would be great as a layer cake too, with mounds of white frosting peaking out between the golden layers.......... I am making myself hungry, good thing we don't have any banana's in the house.

Bars -

½ cup butter, softened

1 ½ cups white sugar

2 eggs

1 cup sour cream

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

¼ tsp salt

1 cup mashed ripe bananas (I used three ripe bananas)

8 oz dark chocolate, finely chopped

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 10 x 15 inch jellyroll pan or one 9X13 pan and an additional 8X8 pan. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the sour cream and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl; stir into the batter. Finally, mix in the mashed banana. Spread evenly into the prepared pan(s). Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow bars to cool completely before frosting.

Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened to room temperature

1 cup powdered sugar

1/8 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream
In a large bowl combine cream cheese, sugar, salt and vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy. Set aside. In another medium bowl, beat whipped cream until stiff peaks form (it helps to use a chilled bowl and chilled beaters). Fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture.


Barb Buckton said...

Do you put the chocolate in the banana bars?
It is listed in the ingredients, but not mentioned.


downthegardenpath said...

i'd been looking for a sour cream/banana recipe - i'll try this one!! and from the pace of all these new blogs it looks like you and james have settled the who-gets-to-use-the-computer tussle??

Secondstreetdesigns said...

oh yeah- fold the chocolate in.

Jill said...

Very very yummy and easy too! Thank you for the recipe. I did not have dark chocolate and didn't feel like finely chopping it either so I just threw in half a bag of choc. chips. I've never mashed my bananas like cute Aidan does, just squeeze them outa their nasty brown skins. :) Made it in 1-9x13 and 1-9x9 Very moist and frosting is very good! Thanks again