My classic banana bread recipe is now even better with perfect looking swirls of Nutella on top (and on the inside)..this Banana Bread can easily fail all your other tea favorites. Try it today!
I want to confess something. I ate this Nutella Swirl Banana Bread…ALL of it…on my own..I did not share..and I don’t regret it!! Now it may not sound alarming to you but consider this…whenever I bake something I offer it to my family, if friends are around I share some with them and when I still have some left I take it to work. I eat everything I make but rarely do I eat all of it. This Nutella Swirl Banana Bread is something else, once you try it you wouldn’t wanna share it too! The strong banana flavour that comes from my overripe bananas, the swirls of Nutella that run through my bread and the fantastic looking not-too-brown-but-still-brown top everything tastes fabulous together. I don’t think there’s anything that comes close to banana breads in terms of taste and this one with Nutella is going to be the best one you’ll ever taste.
The secret to this Nutella Swirl Banana Bread and just about any banana bread is – OVERRIPE BANANAS. I cannot stress this enough. Make sure the bananas that you use are extremely spotty and are a few days old. Fresh bananas aren’t as sweet and they don’t give a strong enough flavour, you don’t want to be using them. Also, make sure you puree the bananas since there’s no liquid in the recipe (except the egg). You can keep the puree a little bit chunky if you prefer to have a few pieces in your bread.
Because the batter is so wet and the sole liquid is the banana puree it takes longer to bake. I bake my banana bread for 45-50 minutes, however, I cover it with foil halfway through to avoid heavy browning on the top. If you can, try an use a light colored tin to bake the bread to avoid browning it from the bottom.
Once your main batter is done, you get onto the fancy bit! The Swirls!!! Making the swirls is troubling for a lot of people, I get a lot of messages where people ask me how I did them. The fact is they’re super easy to make, yes you need to understand the trick ones, but after that you can get onto making just about anything with swirls….be it my Red Velvet Chocolate Swirl Brownies, or Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies or Chocolate Swirl Banana Muffins. You can make it all!
- • Flour (maida), 250 grams
- • Baking Powder, 1 teaspoon
- • Salt, ½ teaspoon
- • Butter, 100 grams
- • Sugar, 100 grams
- • Egg, 1 (or 4 tablespoons yogurt)
- • Overripe Bananas, 3 (Puree the bananas by simply blending them in a food processor)
- • Milk, 2-3 tablespoons (optional- use only if the batter looks a little too thick)
- • Vanilla Essence, 1 teaspoon
- • Nutella, 8-10 teaspoons
- Grease a 9"x5" loaf tin and set aside.
- In a bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt and keep aside to be used later.
- In a separate bowl, whisk butter until light and fluffy, about 4-5 minutes. Add in the sugar (can be a mix of white and dark brown). Whisk again until they're properly incorporated.
- Add in the egg and whisk again, lightly this time. Make sure you don't incorporate too much air into it or the bread will sink in the centre after it's done baking.
- Add in the banana puree. Make sure the puree isn't too chunky. Followed by milk and vanilla essence.
- Preheat the oven at 180 degrees for 5 minutes while you make the swirls.
- For the swirls: Divide your batter into 3 equal parts. Pour one part into your greased loaf pan and drop spoonfuls of Nutella onto it. Now run a skewer/toothpick through it. Run the skewer in any direction, just randomly until you have received your desired pattern.
- Top this with the 2nd part and repeat again. Finally, pour the remaining batter on top and make the swirls on top. Make sure you make these look good, the ones on the bottom layer are not going to show, this will.
- Bake the bread for 45 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius. When the first 15 minutes are up, take out your loaf pan and cover it with foil. This is done to avoid heavy browning.
- Once your Nutella Swirl Banana Bread is done, insert a skewer in the centre to check for doneness. If the skewer comes out clean it's done and you can transfer the bread to a wire rack carefully after 5 minutes. Otherwise, bake for 5 more minutes and check again.
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