Thursday, July 29, 2010

Roasted Banana Bars with Butter Pecan Frosting

You should bake these just because of how they make your house smell.... it's DIVINE!

Step 1:
Preheat oven to 400 and mix together:
2 cups of ripe bananas (about 3-4 bananas)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 TBSP butter
Bake for 15 minutes. Stir. Bake another 20 minutes. Cool slightly.

Step 2:
Reduce oven temp to 375.
Mix together in bowl #1:
2 1/4 cups of flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder

Mix together in bowl #2:
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 melted butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs

Mix together in bowl #3 (yes it's a lot of dirty dishes, but SOOO worth it!!):
the banana mixture (slightly cooled)
1/4 cup buttermilk

Mix together contents of Bowl #1 and Bowl #2.
Once they are well-blended, add Bowl #3. It is important to add the banana mixture last.

Bake in a greased 13x9 pan for 20 minutes at 375.
Cool completely before frosting.

While the bars are cooling, you can make the frosting:
Melt 1/4 cup of butter in a small saucepan and cook until lightly browned (do not want the effect of cooking it on the stove!)
Cool slightly.
In a mixing bowl- mix the melted butter, 3 ounces of softened cream cheese, 1 tsp vanilla and 2 cups of powdered sugar. Beat until well-blended. Spread over the cooled bars and then top with chopped pecans.

And you will be a hit! I promise!