Roasted Banana Bread Scones

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It’s been a weird week. And weird weeks find me contemplative in the kitchen, pondering life, purpose and path.

We handed over the keys to my parents’ house to the new owner on Tuesday, bringing to a somber close one of life’s unavoidable chapters. Once home, I wandered into the kitchen, as I do when I’m fidgety, whether in joy or sadness or a ponderous foggy funk.

I had purchased bananas last week with the intent of making weekend scones before The Cold from Hell knocked me flat, and they were still on the counter, yellow and perky as could be. Not a speck of brown, not a single soft spot.

How is it possible that 5-day-old bananas were still not over-ripe? [Shrug]  I turned on the oven. I was feeling better already. The kitchen does that. So does bread-making.

Roasted bananas

When you’re an obsessed cook who reads cookbooks in her spare time, you pick up things, tricks, secrets, shortcuts. Some are wicked useful; some are silly. This tip rocks.

Roasting is the impatient person’s cure for bright yellow bananas that are not-quite-recipe-ready. With the same effect as roasting garlic or our favorite vegetables, a short stint in a hot oven brings out the banana’s natural sugary sweetness, and breaks down the fruit into mushy goodness. (Yes, they turn black and a little liquidy, and yes, your house will smell like bananas. I consider both to be good things when the reward is scones.)

(Don’t expect the same results with green bananas — they’re just too bitter.)

Roasted Banana Bread Scones

A sensible person slices their scone dough into 8 pieces. A foggy-funked, mucus-stuffed person slices it into 6ths and doesn’t apologize.

Roasted Banana Bread Scones

Banana bread in scone form. Drizzled with brown sugar glaze. Yes, please.  The foil to the grumpies or the weepies.

The warm Spring brought about another surprise: the gorgeous lilac tree in my parents’ front yard bloomed early this year. Now, in fact, as we closed on the house (it normally blooms on Mother’s Day). How grateful I was, to see this show-stopper in full bloom one last time.

I cut off a small branch to take home to savor the sweet, sweet smell of lilac while revisiting memories of happy times with my parents.

Karen xoxo
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Roasted Banana Bread Scones

adapted from thekitchn.com

Prep Time: 30 minutes (includes roasting)       Bake time: 30 minutes       Yield: 6-8 scones

Ingredients:

for the scones
3 ripe (yellow) bananas
2 – 4 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup yogurt (regular or Greek)
2 1/2 cups flour
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

for the glaze
1 tablespoons salted butter
2 tablespoons milk, whole or 2%
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4-1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Place the unpeeled bananas on a lined, rimmed baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. The banana skins will be very dark brown/black. Remove from oven and cool.

While the bananas cool, whisk together the flour, sugars, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Cut the butter into the flour mixture using your fingers, a fork, or a pastry cutter until the butter pieces are no larger than a pea.

Peel and mash the bananas. You should have about one cup — mix in milk, if necessary, to bring the measure up to one cup. Stir in the yogurt.

Add the banana mixture to the flour and stir until just incorporated. Fold in the nuts, if using. This makes a lovely, shaggy wet dough.

Line a dinner plate with wax paper and turn out the dough on top. Pat into a 1″ thick disk. Top with another piece of wax paper and freeze for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 400°F.

Remove top sheet of wax paper and invert the dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Remove the other sheet of wax paper and slice the dough into 6 or 8 wedges, pulling the pieces apart slightly. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the tops are golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool.

Prepare the glaze: heat the butter and the milk in the microwave for 30 seconds on high. Stir in the brown sugar and vanilla until the sugar is melted. Whisk in the confectioners’ sugar, starting with 1/4 cup. Add more for a thicker glaze.

When the scones have cooled, drizzle the glaze on top and serve.

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Comments

  1. Sandy Ellis says:

    What’s the purpose for the freezing?

    • The dough is rather wet and would not cut very cleanly otherwise. (Scone dough is usually sliced before baked.) It doesn’t need to be frozen solid, just enough to give it some body to hold up to the knife.

  2. :-( Hang in there.

    You should read about banana shipping and processing sometime & how they go from green to not-green – it’s kind of interesting. (In one of my past work lives, I used to deal with a company who brought in containers of bananas from Ecuador into the Port of NY/NJ…)

    Love the scones & the tip for roasting. The glaze looks mandatory…

  3. I hope things turn around for you soon :( These do look delicious though, and I might have to give them a shot the next time the bananas go neglected on the counter!

  4. This post led me back to your “Nettletown” post. I appreciate your thoughtful words in sharing.

  5. Oh sweetie, I can feel how sad you are. I’ve been there myself and my kitchen has always been a comfort zone during those times! The banana scones look marvelous and I would definitely cut them in six pieces instead of eight!

    xxoo,

    RMW

  6. Darlynne says:

    What happens in a kitchen is always good for the weepies and grumpies. I was hoping you were off to an island paradise and am sorry for the heartache and cold from Hell. That beautiful lilac tree made me smile, too.

  7. I love that you roast the bananas!! I love steamed bananas too and this just got my light bulbs blinking with ideas!

  8. Thank you. Great tip! Happily awaiting the lovely smell of warm bananas.
    Feel better soon! Baking does tend to make everything alright. I always knew when my mother was upset.
    She baked to extreme. When you can’t control the world around you, control the ingredients.

  9. Oh my, your scones sound so decadent and amazing. I love the glaze topping.

  10. I love the idea of roasted bananas. I’m a “won’t even eat it until most people would make banana bread out of it” banana person. Sometimes I get impatient, so the roasting tip will come in handy. I’ve made a different version of banana scone before. I top it with some banana chips which looks (and tastes) nice (and banana-y).

  11. Nathalie says:

    I just tried this recipe and the flavor came out amazing but it came out raw and chewy in the middle, but n your first picture it Los like its chewy as well so I was wondering if it’s supposed to be like this? Or should it be crunchy like the outside is? Please reply as I am very sad it came put chewy.
    P.s. I did cook it for 35 minutes

  12. Ohmygosh, Karen! Banana bread scones??? Are you kidding me? I am definitely making these bad boys. *None* of your recipes that I have made have been disappointing what-so-ever so I cannot wait to try these :)

  13. it seems so soft ! I want just a part, is it possible ? ;-)

  14. My two and a half year old son and I just made these. So yummy and easy peasy. I love that they are not too sweet. Great with my afternoon coffee (yeah, I’m a grown up that eats like a teenager). Thanks for sharing this. :)

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