Delicious banana bread with caramelized bananas
Preheat oven to 360F. Spray loaf pan with non stick spray. I like to line the pan with a small piece of parchment paper, leaving about ½ to 1 inch overhang on each side of the loaf pan.
Cut up ripe bananas into rounds. Melt butter (1tbsp) in a skillet, stir in brown sugar (1tbsp). Stir in cut up bananas. Cook on low heat, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes. Bananas will get soft and mushy. Mixture will be thick. Remove from the heat, pour contents into a bowl and mash bananas with the fork. (Measure 1 1/2 cup mashed bananas. If you have little less or little more it's fine, around 1 and 1/2 cup is what you need.)
Whisk together flour (2cups), salt (1/4tsp), cinnamon (1/4tsp), baking powder (1 and 1/2tsp), baking soda ( 1/2tsp), set aside.
Into the warm banana mixture one by one stir in butter (7tbsp). Butter will melt as you stir it into warm mashed bananas. Let it cool to lukewarm while you gather rest of the ingredients.
Then stir in milk (3tbsp), then add brown sugar (1cup), in a small bowl whisk together eggs (2), vanilla extract (1tsp) and add it to the banana mixture and stir well. Lastly stir in lemon juice (1tbsp). Stir well after each addition. Why are you adding lemon juice? Lemon juice neutralizes baking soda on its bitter taste in the baked goods.
Pour banana batter into a prepared loaf pan.
If you don't have time for this extra step use overripe bananas without caramelizing them first. You'll need to melt the butter and add it melted to the mushed bananas. Rest of the recipe is the same.
Yes, it's fine to use granulated sugar.