Sunday, 25 October 2015

Nutella Banana Bread


I was at the hairdresser's the other day. I don't visit her very often, only when my hair is overgrown and my fringe starts poking my eyes. There is one thing I look forwards to when I visit the hair salon.

It is browsing the back issues of women's magazines. I have stopped reading these magazines for a very long time because the content does not do anything for me. Topics like fashion, make-up, celebrities and whatnots do not interest me.

There is however one magazine that I do read. And it's a men's magazine. No, not that one. This one, Esquire. Of course I skip the non-relevant sections (as mentioned above) and still there is more than enough content to keep me amused. Anyway.


What I like in the women's magazine is one thing and one thing only. Recipes! And while my head was being assaulted by the shampoo girl (she attempted a massage which was too rough for me), I snapped this recipe :


So on one public holiday, I attempted the recipe because I had some bananas in the fridge. Look.


Don't freak. The banana skin turns black in the fridge but the inside was still in good condition. These black bananas were perfect for baking as they were very ripe and sweet. Sure there were a few brown spots which I removed.

Before.

I made a few small adjustments in the recipe and baked up a very fragrant and delicious banana bread/cake.

After

This banana bread is very good. Very moist with tender crumbs. And of course, the combination of banana and Nutella is oohh...la...la...


This recipe is a keeper. And you bet I will collect some more recipes when I next visit the hair salon. That will have to wait until my fringe pokes my eyes again.











Nutella Banana Bread
Recipe source : Adapted from The Malaysian Women's Weekly

Ingredients :
- 250g self-raising flour
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup brown sugar (see note)
- 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
- 130g butter, melted and cooled
- 125g sour cream
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 8 tsp Nutella

Method :
1. Sift flour and ground cinnamon into a large mixing bowl.
2. Add sugar and use a whisk to mix everything together. Make a well in the centre.
3. In another mixing bowl, combine mashed bananas, melted butter, eggs, vanilla extract and sour cream.
4. Pour this wet mixture into the flour mixture.
5. Gently fold to combine until batter is evenly mixed.
6. Pour half of the batter into a loaf pan.
7. Dollop 4 teaspoons of Nutella onto the batter and using a skewer or butter knife, swirl the Nutella.
8. Pour the remaining batter on top and dollop with 4 teaspoons of Nutella and swirl as above.
9. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.
10. Cool the cake in the pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

Notes :
- You need to adjust the sugar according to the sweetness of the bananas and your own taste, bearing in mind that Nutella is very sweet. With 1/4 cup brown sugar, this cake was barely sweet, the way I like it.
- I baked this cake for 50 minutes, tenting the cake at the 40 minute mark to prevent over browning.



This post is also linked to Cook-Your-Books #27 hosted by Joyce of Kitchen Flavours.

48 comments:

  1. Nutella and bananas.

    Two food I love. :)

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  2. Nutella, i always loves it, hehe... Cannot resist... hehe...

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  3. Phong Hong, I love this cake too ! Great combo banana + Nutella. With the addition of sour cream, definitely moist tender crumbs.

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  4. Your banana cake looks so beautiful with the swirls of Nutella. Whenever I have over ripe bananas I will put them into the freezer too. No waste.

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    1. Thanks, Veronica! I have another 4 bananas in the freezer hee..hee...

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  5. Phong Hong, the nutella banana bread or cake looks so good and moist. I can see bits of banana flesh. Drooling!

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    1. Nancy, that's home baking for you - lots of liew!

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  6. I love banana bread and I bet with nutella added especially good! Yummy ~

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    1. Ann, it is very good. I should add more Nutella!

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  7. Banana and chocolate always a turn on for me ^^

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  8. Had banana cake, can't remember if I have had banana bread before or not.

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    1. Banana cake = Banana bread hee..hee...

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  9. Uikks, I see the black bananas I wana laugh, I will still peel off the skin, maybe put in the fridge, and eat chill after that.. Ripe sweet bananas remind me of Chicken Maryland, I always always like their fried bananas, very soft and sweet and ripe one.. The nutella ahh, til today, I find it very sayang to scoop out and put into bakes.. I prefer to scoop and lick terus from the spoon, hehehehe.. I saw nutella that day, mm seh tak buy, hou mahal..

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    1. Hitam legam but inside still ok. Eh, I also like the fried bananas that come with Chicken Maryland! But so long already haven't eaten.

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  10. I was at the hairdresser yesterday, haha!! I need to go trim my hair every three weeks, unlike ladies we guys need to go to salon more often la.. and yes, that will be the time I got to read some magazines, Men's Health in particular as that is what they will bring to me.. they have got some nice recipes in the magazine too, and also since it's Men's Health, they are actually healthy recipes.. :)

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    1. hah..hah..so you also look at the recipes. Now that I have a smartphone, so easy to snap snap the recipes :)

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  11. banana with chocolate, and chocolate with hazelnut!!! awww these are combinations I like, and now that you have banana abs chocolate and hazelnut altogether, triple happiness!!! :)

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  12. nice cake and it looks so delicious already in the photo!! how I wish I could sink my teeth into the cake and then sink it all into my throat down to my stomach, and I shall not mention anything that goes on after this, muahahaha!!! :D

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    1. hah..hah..that's your guilty pleasure :D

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  13. If there's one cake I love....it's banana cake...and your banana bread looks almost like a banana cake, so I'd love it too! ;)

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    1. Well, banana bread is actually a banana cake. I read that it's called "bread" because it looks like a loaf of bread.

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  14. I used to follow my mom to the hair salon when I was a kid, as far as I remember, they never update their stash of magazines one. I have been reading the same magazines and comics for YEARS. Maybe next time you will end up seeing the same magazine and the same recipe again..

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    1. Hmmm...hasn't happened to me yet maybe because I don't there often hah..hah..

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  15. I love to eat banana cake so I guess I will like your nutella banana bread too. Just curious, do you eat all the cake you bake or do you give almost all of them away and eat only one or two slices?

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    1. Ah, the million dollar question! Well, I can't eat all of it, so I give away some. But in this particular case, I did not give any away but stashed the remainder in the freezer.

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  16. slurp! Now, I need to go to that famous banana cake shop in JB town for a fix.... sigh...

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    1. Go, go and satisfy your banana cake craving hah..hah...

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  17. Did I tell you? I love anything with bananas, pumpkins and sweet potatoes. I can see nutella and bananas are a good combination for this type of bread. I can smell your nutella bananas cake from here. I love it, Phong Hong.

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    1. Thanks, Yannie! I also love pumpkins and sweet potatoes :)

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  18. the top pattern look terrific. Must be very yummy.

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  19. Cake or bread, I wanna eat!! PH, your baking all suits me real fine!!

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  20. Oh My Gawd!!! Your banana cake looked so deliiiiiicious from the top view. You are so creative to make patterns that made it more appetizing. Why didn't you send me the left overs so that your freezer has space?? Do you know that you will earn merits for feeding me?? LOL

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    1. hah..hah..really? Maybe someday you and your wifey will get to eat my cake :D

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  21. Hi Phong Hong, this nutella banana bread definitely look good and very inviting. Nice combo.
    Great to go with a nice cup of hot kopi o. Now adays cheaper to cook and bake at home, taste so much better too..

    Have a nice day, regards.
    Amelia

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    1. Hi Amelia! I agree with you that it is best we DIY our cakes. Nowadays, so expensive, some more quality not good.

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  22. Nutella and banana, I've got to try this combo! Your cake looks very moist and yummy! I don't like reading magazines, as nowadays the magazines are usually full of ads! Nothing much to read, I rather buy cookbook! hahaha! Thanks for sharing with CYB, sorry for visiting so late!

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    1. Hi Joyce! Do try this cake as it is very good!

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