I have been doing some much-needed cleaning around my home. Not so much cleaning as organizing. Oh, the stuff I put aside, you wouldn’t even begin to imagine. And when we’re expecting guests and there are little piles of stuff everywhere, chances are I’ll run out of time to get to them so I just dump them. In closets, grocery bags, armoires. And then I scramble when searching where the heck I could have placed my driver’s permit renewal form. Or worse, my over-due property taxes!
I came across piles of recipes. Pages torn out of magazines while at the doctor’s office. Photocopies from borrowed books. Scraps of paper with notes on various recipes. And sheets of paper with scribbles on it, listing ingredients and some form of method, but nothing else. Such as this one.
I have no idea where it came from or what it’s called, but the fact that Nutella is present, well, I just had to try it. You all know of my love affair with Nutella. You could read more on that here. From the ingredient list, this is definitely a banana bread with Nutella. I’m thinking it’s from a European magazine or show because the measured ingredients are in grams, and because of the German flour #405. I had to look that one up. It’s our version of pastry flour. And no electrical appliances either. Or at least none that I wrote down. All hand-mixed, it seems. The result? Oh, sweet Nutella-banana goodness! Hmm, maybe I should rename this bread!
200 gr. of pastry flour
3/4 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
120 gr. golden caster sugar
50 gr. butter, softened
3 ripe bananas
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
150 gr. of yogurt
100 gr. of Nutella
1 banana, peeled & sliced
1/2 teaspoon each of cinnamon & sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Butter and flour a loaf pan.
Whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, stir together the butter and sugar until well mixed. Add in the bananas and mash with a fork. Add eggs, vanilla and yogurt, and mix well. Stir in the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.
Warm the Nutella, bain-marie style, the bowl with Nutella in a larger bowl of hot water, until it reaches a runny consistency. Spread the Nutella on top of batter and swirl the batter to create a marble effect.
Peel and slice the remaining banana and place the slices over the top of the batter. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes. Cool in pan and you’re ready to dig in. Enjoy!