Friday, September 28, 2012

Banana and Hazelnut Spread Loaf

Nutella is so good.  Pity I am too cheapskate to buy it.  Instead, if the kids are getting a chocolate spread treat, I buy them Homebrand Choc Hazelnut Spread.  Just as good, not as expensive, kids will never know....

I've been drooling over a dozen different Nutella Recipes on Pinterest lately.  Today instead of drooling, I actually got up and made something (the original link for this here).  It was a total hit with the boys (The Girl not so much).  They just eat it plain and its fair to say they love it as there is only a few slices left!  I added more banana into mine, as I like things with lots of banana!

2 cups flour
2/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup softened butter
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (over ripe ones give the best flavour)
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup full cream milk
3/4 cup Homebrand Choc Hazelnut Spread (or Nutella)

Preheat oven to 180 degrees and prepare a loaf tin.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda & salt.  In a separate large bowl, beat sugar and butter with an electric mixer at a medium speed until blended (I don't think this will cream due to the bigger amount of sugar - I just blended mine well).

Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the banana, milk and vanilla and beat until blended.  Add this to the flour mixture and fold together under just mixed.
Spoon spread into a small dish and soften it in the microwave for about 15 seconds. Add 1 cup of the banana bread batter to the spread and stir until blended well.
Spoon the spread batter alternately with the plain banana bread batter into the prepared pan. Swirl batters together with a knife.
Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until cooked through.  Cool for at least 15 minutes in the pan, and then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

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