What? Did you think I would say pack? Clean the house? Oh, puhlease.
Why would I want to do any of those things?
So, I took the 6
I would like to note that I did not follow these recipes to the letter. I did not put any add-ins into the bread (such as blueberries or chocolate chips), nor did I follow through with any sort of topping (like struesel or crunchy sugar). Finally, I did only make a half-batch of one of the breads (although I dont' remember which one), in keeping with 2 bananas per batch.
I mixed together the batter and made 3 small loaves of each, then poured the remaining batter into a large loaf pan, mixing all 3 types together. What? I didn't know what else to do with it. Here's the pictoral representations:
- Brown Butter, the definite favorite. It will have the extra layer of flavor, and it incorporates buttermilk. I LOVE buttermilk recipes.
- Cinnamon Sugar, the dark horse. No vanilla, no butter, not an excessive amount of cinnamon and no brown sugar. Really, this longshot didn't really belong in this race.
- Brown Sugar, nothing fancy. Nothing to write home about. In a word, "Meh."
The results: We have an upset!
|After the |
#3 (top left corner) seems to be overly browned, but I reckon that has more to do with the oil v. butter issue rather than what went on in the oven.
After making the sacrifice and tasting all 3 loaves (Handsome weighed in too, and agreed), we have, in order of best outcome,
First Place - Brown Sugar
Runner Up - Brown Butter
Honorable Mention - Cinnamon Sugar
where Brown Sugar was a clear winner. It was very, very good. The Brown Butter tasted like... butter. Which is weird that it didn't taste like bananas, but hey, baking can be weird sometimes.
The Cinnamon sugar was clearly hurting from the issues I listed previously.
So there you have it. I've done the hard work, now you can reap the rewards. My next step is to try and make my own recipe (I'm thinking buttermilk, ground oatmeal, and maybe a little more butter), and then find the best topping. So we're not done yet, but we're getting closer.
Wondering why I don't do this for my dissertation,