Saturday, January 22, 2011

What to do with brown bananas?

Some bunches of bananas just seem to turn brown overnight! I hate it when that happens, but this time before my husband threw them out I managed to get a batch of banana bread out of them. As usual, I sat down and scoured my recipes for inspiration then turned to the internet for some extra ideas.

That’s when I stumbled across Food From a Girl Who Loves Food. In her blog, Naka suggests making a marbled banana loaf using Nutella! What a fantastic sounding idea, I even have some in the cupboard! She mixed her’s with a recipe from Cooking LIght, which I should have done, but since I eat dangerously, I went with not only a fully loaded recipe, but a maple one!!

Teri’s Maple Hazelnut Banana Bread

½ cup butter, softened

½ cup maple syrup

1 egg

2 ripe mashed bananas

½ teaspoon vanilla

4 tablespoons creme fraiche

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

½ cup Nutella


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a loaf pan.

In a large bowl, mix the butter and maple syrup. Beat in the egg and mashed bananas. Stir in the maple extract and creme fraiche.

In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and baking powder, and stir into the banana mixture.

Melt Nutella in a medium microwave safe bowl. Add 1 cup of banana bread mixture and mix well.

Alternate adding spoonfuls of each mixture into greased loaf pan. Once all batter has been added carefully swirl to create a marbled loaf.

Bake 50 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a knife inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Mine is in the oven now and it smells so great, I can’t wait to taste it! My mouth is already watering imagining a thick slick slice slathered in butter!

It was just as delicious as it smelled! Enjoy! What a tasty treat!

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