Didn't I used to have a blog? Wait, do I still have a blog? Crap, I do...and I haven't updated it in 6 months. SIX MONTHS?!? I'm the worst blogger ever.
It's not like nothing has happened in the past 6 months that is worth posting; exactly the opposite, actually. Since my last post we traveled to Europe, Jim defended his thesis and graduated from Wash U, I traveled to Hilton Head Island with friends, family & friends celebrated Jim's graduation at a fun party, we traveled to Boston to find an apartment, I gave my resignation at Sigma, we celebrated my birthday, I had my last day at work, we visited with friends and family, and we moved to Boston. Phew, I guess that's why I haven't posted anything since April!
However, since moving to Boston I really don't have an excuse for not updating the blog because I haven't been working. Instead, I've been getting our apartment together, exploring our neighborhood, cooking/baking, and doing fun Pintrest projects. Oh, I've also been trying to find a job but all those other things are just so much more fun! Because I've had the opportunity to do some cool things lately, I've decided to pick up the whole blogging thing again, just in case anyone wants to see what I've been up to and maybe get some ideas for fun activities/projects. I have been trying to be diligent about taking photos of what I've been doing so there are a number of posts that I have on the docket...get ready!
In keeping with the blog's title, I'll get back into the swing of things with a "sweet" post - a recipe for banana toffee nutella bread. Since that is a mouthful of a name, I wanted to come up with a shorter name, like "banafee nutella bread" or even "banafeetella bread". Both good ideas in theory, but out loud they sounds weird so I'll stick with the long name (Note to self: do not go into advertising, people will not understand your weird ideas.) When I headed to the kitchen to bake I initially planned on making regular old banana bread; however, I found a jar of Nutella hiding behind the brown sugar and thought that incorporating it with banana could be good (think banana Nutella crepes!). I had seen marbled pumpkin bread on Tastespotting and decided to apply the marbling technique to my bread, using part banana bread batter and part nutella-flavored batter. As a last minute addition I also threw in some crushed Heath bar, mostly so that I wouldn't scarf it down in some future willpower-deprived eating spree. I hope you try and enjoy this recipe!
Banana Toffee Nutella Bread
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
8 tbsp (1 stick) salted butter
2 large eggs
2 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3 ripe bananas
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 Heath bar, crushed
3 tbsp Nutella
1 tbsp milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a loaf pan by spraying with cooking spray or greasing with butter. (Even though I used a non-stick Calphalon loaf pan, I still greased it to make sure the bread would come out clean!)
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
Using a stand or handheld mixer, cream butter and sugars until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing to incorporate after each addition. After adding eggs, gradually add flour mixture (keep the bowl for the next step!) and beat until thoroughly mixed. Set batter aside.
Add the bananas, vanilla, cinnamon and 1 tbsp milk to the medium-sized bowl (that held the flour); mash together until no large lumps remain. Stir in crushed Heath bar.
Divide batter in half; add half to banana mixture and stir with a rubber spatula to combine. Pour banana toffee batter into prepared loaf pan. To remaining batter, add Nutella and 1 tbsp milk; stir with spatula to combine. Pour or spoon Nutella batter on top of banana toffee batter. Using a rubber spatula or knife, gently pull batter from bottom to top and side to side; this will create the marble. *Don't over mix at this point or else the bread will end up as a singular bananatoffeenutella batter instead of a marbled bread.
Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until cake tester inserted in the middle of the bread comes out clean.
|Banana Toffee Nutella bread, too tasty to calculate calories!|