Saturday, August 20, 2011

Marbled Nutella Banana Bread


There is something amazingly homey about baking.

Doesn't matter if it is cookies, muffins, pies, bread....for me, baking epitomizes all things domestic, calm, cozy, and cheery. There is something priceless about the aroma of a baked good wafting through my kitchen, spreading its warmth to all who enter.

I love that feeling.

It is especially heightened as fall approaches. That season sings to my soul like no other--but, more about that another time.

I love how my kitchen is the hub of my home--and while it is often the junkiest catch-all of all the rooms in my home combined, I love how the scents and tastes of yummy food draws my family (and friends, sometimes!) in.

All that to say, warm, freshly baked nutella banana bread is no exception. Warm, sweet, comforting, inviting. And that's just the smell!
So, go ahead. Turn your kitchen into a warm and cozy place to gather.



Marbled Nutella Banana Bread
Source: Sugar Plum

2 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 cups mashed ripe banana
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/2 cup Nutella

Directions:
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.

In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together banana, butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla until creamy and well combined - about 2 minutes. Beat in eggs until well combined - about 2 minutes. Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in flour mixture until just combined. Divide 1/2 of of the batter into a medium bowl; stir in Nutella until combined.

Alternate spoonfuls of batter into loaf pan until all of the batter is used up. Swirl batter gently with a knife (not too much!). Bake 1 hour or until well risen, deep golden brown, and a toothpick inserted into bread comes out with moist crumbs attached.

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