I don't know about you, but I'm a mad keen baker. I love everything about the whole baking process. The flicking through cookbooks deciding what to bake, the organising, the mixing, the aroma wafting out of the oven, the waiting for whatever it is I've thrown together to cool, the tasting, the giving it away to family, friends & the teachers at the kids school so I don't accidentally inhale it all and gain those kilos back that I've worked so hard to get rid of. Yep, I love every single thing about baking. If you haven't already given baking a go, you totally should. And I've got just the right recipe for you to start your baking journey with....Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Nutella Banana Bread.
Here's what you'll need to make your own little slice of heaven at home...
2 cups plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 ripe bananas
1/2 cup nutella
And here's how you make it....
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C
(and while we're at it, if anyone out there can tell me how the hell I do the little 'degrees' symbol on a mac keyboard, I'll love you forever. Well maybe not forever. Cos I probably hardly know you. But I'll like you a lot. At the very least. And you'll be making my baking blogging life a whole lot easier, so it's totally win win. Although more so for me than you.)
Grease and line a loaf pan.
Don't worry about how big or small it is.
Just grease whatever loaf pan you've got in your cupboard.
Sift the flour & baking powder into a large bowl...
Throw in the sugars...
and the eggs & the oil...
Mash up your bananas in another bowl...
and add them to the mixture too...
Beat the hell out of it for a good 60 seconds, or until the mixture is combined.
Whichever comes first.
But don't overbeat, or your mixture will be as tough as old boots.
Get your greased loaf pan...
(spray oil is my grease of choice)
and line the bottom of it with baking paper.
This will stop the bread from sticking to the pan.
Pour 1/3 of your mixture into the pan...
and then add a stripe of nutella...
cover with a bit more mixture...
and add some blobs of nutella this time...
cover with the rest of your mixture and lick that nutella spoon before anyone else sees.
Whack the bread in your oven and bake for 50 minutes
or until a skewer comes out clean.
This will give you plenty of time to clean up your very messy kitchen.
And possibly dip another spoon into that nutella jar.
Once cooked, leave the bread to cool for a few minutes
before turning it out onto a rack to cool.
But don't let it go stone cold,
cos this baby is best served warm.
Now I should mention that I found this delicious recipe over at kidspot
which just happens to be one of my fave aussie parenting sites
(and no, they didn't pay me to say that. sadly)
Anyho, I tweaked their recipe a bit but if you'd like to stick to the original one,
just click right here