Indulge in a delightful spread made with ripe bananas, tangy lemon juice, rich brown sugar, smooth bourbon, fragrant vanilla, and hints of warming spices. Perfect for toast and more!
Oh, the Bourbon Banana Butter! I still remember the serendipitous evening when this jar of deliciousness was born. My love for bananas was already sky-high, but pairing it with my evening drink, bourbon, was an experiment worth every bite. One evening, with a couple of overripe bananas staring accusingly at me from the kitchen counter and a bottle of bourbon catching my eye, I thought, “Why not marry the two?” Thus, this buttery sensation was created, transporting my mornings to a world of warmth and tropical paradise. Every smear on toast feels like an embrace from that tropical sunset, filling my senses with nostalgia and delight.
The Bourbon Banana Butter isn’t just another spread; it’s a symphony of flavors in every bite. First, we’re not talking about your ordinary banana spread; we’re talking about one uplifted with the charismatic touch of bourbon. Add to that a touch of brown sugar for a caramelized sweetness and vanilla for a fragrant twist. Lastly, the inclusion of spices like cinnamon and allspice elevate this spread to a level of sophistication. It’s tropical meets cozy, with a dash of refined flair!
Ingredient for the Bourbon Banana Butter:
- Bananas: Use ripe bananas for the best flavor – those blackened, neglected bananas in your fruit bowl? They’re perfect!
- Lemon Juice: Fresh is best! It not only keeps your butter from turning brown but adds a nice tang.
- Brown Sugar: This gives a deeper, molasses-like sweetness than regular sugar.
- Bourbon: Use quality bourbon. If you’re not into alcohol, bourbon flavoring can also be used, but the real deal is a game-changer!
- Vanilla Extract: A dash of aromatic goodness.
- Cinnamon & Allspice: The warm and spicy friends that make this butter an exotic treat.
How to make this Bourbon Banana Butter:
- Preparation: Begin by peeling those ripe bananas and either breaking them or slicing them into sizable chunks.
- Blending: Take those banana pieces and toss them into a blender or food processor. Now, this is where it gets even more fun! Add in your tangy lemon juice and that deep brown sugar. Give everything a good pulse until you have a chunky purée, ready to be transformed into pure deliciousness.
- Cooking: Here’s where you need to pay attention. Transfer that beautiful banana mixture to a saucepan and turn up the heat to medium. As it starts to boil, keep stirring to avoid any scorched bits because nobody likes a burnt aftertaste!
- Flavor Infusion: Once you’ve avoided the scorch hazards, take your saucepan off the heat. It’s time for the stars of the show: pour in the bourbon, vanilla extract, and then sprinkle in your cinnamon and allspice. Give it a good mix!
- Storing: Pour this liquid gold into clean glass jars and let it cool. Store these in your refrigerator and enjoy for up to 2 weeks (if they even last that long without being devoured).
While this buttery delicacy is best consumed fresh, it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks in airtight glass jars. If you’re adventurous, you could try canning it for longer shelf life, but always ensure proper sterilization to keep those nasties away. And if you’re like me, hiding a jar at the back of the fridge ensures a personal stash safe from prying hands!
Variations and Substitutions:
Feeling creative? Here are some twists:
- Alcohol-Free: Swap out the bourbon for bourbon flavoring or even a splash of maple syrup for a unique touch.
- Different Spices: Nutmeg or cardamom can be a delightful swap or addition to the spice mix.
- Sweeteners: Not a brown sugar fan? Try coconut sugar or even honey for a different kind of sweet.
- Extra Indulgence: For a richer texture, a dollop of butter or coconut oil can be added while cooking. Just be sure to keep an eye on it, and keep stirring!
Remember, the kitchen is your playground, and this recipe is merely a guide. Let your palate lead the way!
- Bananas: 2 lbs
- Lemon Juice: 1/3 cup freshly squeezed
- Brown Sugar: 1/2 cup
- Bourbon: 2 Tablespoons Alternatively, one may use 1 tablespoon of bourbon flavoring
- Vanilla Extract: 2 Tablespoons
- Cinnamon: 1/4 teaspoon ground
- Allspice: 1/8 teaspoon ground
- Begin by meticulously peeling the bananas. Subsequently, either break them into sections or slice them into uniform pieces.
- Transfer the banana segments to a blender or food processor. Introduce the freshly squeezed lemon juice and brown sugar into the mixture. Engage the machine until the contents achieve a moderately coarse purée consistency.
- Transfer the aforementioned purée into a saucepan. Place the saucepan on medium heat and bring the contents to a boiling point, ensuring constant agitation to prevent scorching.
- Once boiling ceases, remove the saucepan from the heat source. Sequentially introduce the bourbon, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, and ground allspice into the saucepan. Mix thoroughly until the ingredients are well amalgamated.
- Decant the finished product into sterilized glass jars, ensuring the contents have adequately cooled before sealing. For optimal preservation and flavor retention, it is advised to store the jars in a refrigerated environment. The product should be consumed within a 14-day timeframe.