Banana and Nutella loaf
Time: 40 minutes plus 50 minutes baking
Serves: approx 10 slices
Regular readers of this blog will know that we’ve made banana bread a few times. We’ve got delicious cinnamon ones, and fruity ones, but this time I thought we’d be a bit naughty and add some chocolate spread! The banana and nutella cupcakes we made recently were delicious so I thought this would be equally good, and we weren’t disappointed. The Nutella swirled through the batter means every slice has some delicious chocolate inside. Yum!
We used some over ripe bananas that we’d frozen a wee while ago. I’d heard you could do this so you can save the bananas until you have enough or want to do some baking. If you want to do this, simply wrap your peeled banana in clingfilm and pop it in the freezer. Coming out the freezer the bananas were really soggy (and a little bit disgusting according to the kids), but were still perfect for baking.
150g caster sugar
3 bananas (the riper the better)
250g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
Preheat the oven to 180C / 170C Fan / 350F and line a 1kg/2lb loaf tin with baking paper.
Beat the butter and sugar together
Measure the butter (100g) and sugar (150g) and put them in a large mixing bowl or stand mixer. Beat them together with a hand held mixer or use the paddle attachment of your mixer until they are light and fluffy.
Add the eggs
Get your children to break the eggs into a small bowl. We do it in a small bowl first in case shell goes in too). Add them to your butter/sugar mixer one at a time, mixing between each addition.
Add the bananas
Get your little chef to peel and mash the bananas. This can be a fun job for kids to do, especially if the bananas are very ripe and soft as this will make it easier. Add them to your mixing bowl and stir them in until they are well combined.
Add the dry ingredients
Measure the flour (250g) and baking powder (2 tsp), and add to your banana mixture. Give everything one last stir so everything is mixed together.
Make the banana and Nutella loaf
Before you add the Nutella, you can heat it in the microwave for 10 seconds or so to make it a bit runnier and easier to spoon.
Pour half the banana batter into the bottom of the loaf tin. Add three tbsp of Nutella on top of the batter. Using a skewer or knife, swirl the Nutella through the batter. Pour the rest of the batter over the top, then add three more tbsp of Nutella and swirl it through. My kids really enjoyed doing this (and then licking the spoon afterwards), just make sure that they’ve swirled enough so the Nutella is nice and dispersed.
Bake the banana and Nutella loaf
Bake the you loaf in your preheated oven for around 50 minutes. It’s ready when a skewer or sharp knife inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Remove the banana and Nutella loaf from the oven and leave to cool for a few minutes, before removing from the tin and leaving on a wire rack to cool completely.