Brown Butter Eggnog Banana Bread with Cream Cheese Glaze

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Brown Butter Eggnog Banana Bread with Cream Cheese Glaze is a super moist banana bread with brown butter and eggnog in the bread and the glaze for one delicious combination!

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I hope you’re all enjoying your holidays!  I’m having a nice relaxing one, spending quality time with my family by hitting sporting events, watching movies, and enjoying great holiday food.  It’s really gotten cold here in CA dipping into the 30’s — yeah, that’s cold for us here — so it’s perfect soup and hot cocoa weather. 🙂

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It’s Mystery Dish time, too, which is when a group of bloggers make a dish using at least 3 ingredients chosen by our hostess of the month.  This month was hosted by Colleen at The Smart Cookie Cook, and the ingredients she chose are as follows:

1) White Chocolate
2) Peppermint Bark
3) Muenster cheese
4) Eggnog
6) Canned biscuits
5) Nutmeg
7) Browned butter
8) Cherry tomatoes
9) Spinach
10) Roasted Garlic
11) Vanilla ice cream
12) cream cheese

I thought these were very fun ingredients, and because I was on an eggnog kick at the time, I honed in on that right away.  I knew I wanted to incorporated browned butter, nutmeg, and cream cheese as well, and I had almost too many ideas.

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Because I was knee deep in Christmas cookies and the like, I decided to go for quick bread with a luscious glaze that we could eat for breakfast, and I had plenty of ripe bananas.  Bingo!  These ingredients made a wicked good combination, and for me, the bananas brought it all together.

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If you have leftover eggnog that you want to use up, this bread is perfect for that.  The eggnog flavor is very subtle in the bread itself, but it’s very prevalent in the glaze.  If you’re an eggnog lover, this glaze is for you!

The brown butter is what really makes this bread shine, in my opinion, as it adds so much flavor.  The cream cheese doesn’t hurt either — these are two of my favorite ingredients!  I haven’t had any banana flavored pastries in a long while because of the holidays, so I was really in the mood for it.  There’s really nothing like a good banana bread, right?  And this one….it’s really good.

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Don’t forget to visit the rest of the dishes that our Mystery Dish group made!

White Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Blondies by Culinary Couture

Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies  by I Dig Pinterest

Spinach, Tomato & Roasted Garlic Flatbread by Inspiration Kitchen

Spiced Biscotti with Eggnog Glaze by The Pajama Chef

Creamy Chicken Pasta Skillet by Simpy Gloria

Brown Butter Nutmeg Melted Ice Cream Cupcakes by The Sweet {Tooth} Life

Peppermint Bark Milkshake by The Smart Cookie Cook

Spinach and Tomato Quiche with Whole Wheat Crust by The Well Floured Kitchen



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Brown Butter Eggnog Banana Bread with Cream Cheese Glaze
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Brown Butter Eggnog Banana Bread with Cream Cheese Glaze is a moist quick bread with tons of flavor and a luscious glaze to make it extra special for the holidays.
Serves: 10-12 servings
For the bread:
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat white flour*
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated or ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ⅓ cup browned butter*
  • 1 cup mashed ripe banana
  • ½ cup eggnog
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt (I used 2%)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For the glaze:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened (I used ⅓ less fat Neufchatel)
  • ½ cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2-3 tablespoons eggnog*
  • 1⅔ tablespoons brown butter*
Prepare the brown butter:
  1. Place 1 stick, or 4 ounces of unsalted butter in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until the butter is browned and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Stir and measure out ⅓ cup and set aside to cool slightly. Set the remaining butter aside for the glaze.
Prepare the bread:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a standard loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Whisk together the flours, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, brown sugar, granulated sugar with the slightly cooled brown butter until frothy. Whisk in the banana, eggnog, Greek yogurt, and vanilla until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir just until incorporated.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake on the middle rack of the oven for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, or an instaread thermometer registers at 190 degrees. Cool for 15 minutes on a wire rack, then remove from the pan and cool completely.
Prepare the glaze:
  1. In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese on medium speed with a hand mixer until smooth. Add the sugar, 2 tablespoons of eggnog, and the remaining brown butter and beat until incorporated. If you'd like the glaze to be a thinner consistency, add the remaining 1 tablespoon of eggnog. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled bread, and allow to set for about 30 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
*The whole wheat white flour can be substituted for regular whole wheat or all purpose flour.

*This recipes utilizes 4 ounces, or one stick of unsalted butter. ⅓ cup for the bread itself, and the remaining for the glaze.

*More eggnog or milk may be added to the glaze for a thinner consistency, if desired.

Because of the glaze, the bread should be stored in the refrigerator loosely wrapped in plastic wrap or an airtight container. I simply heated my leftovers for about 20 seconds in the microwave and it was just right!

Recipe by Flavor the Moments.

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