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Friday, April 23, 2010

Peanut Butter Swirled Banana Bread


for a recent new hire meet/greet i offered to bring in baked goods to welcome the addition. i brought in my pantry-emptying granola and i made 2 loaves of Peanut Butter Swirled Banana Bread. the recipe is adapted from Recipe Girl, except she used Nutella Chocolate spread. her version makes for a more dramatic look, the dark chocolate swirl mixed in with the lighter banana batter.


Peanut Butter Swirled Banana Bread
adapted from Recipe Girl

(keep in mind, i made two loaves. the following recipe is for 1 loaf)
2 cups AP flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup smooth, creamy peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350degrees F. Grease loaf pan.

in a bowl, combine dry ingredients.

in a another bowl, beat sugar and butter until blended. Add eggs, one at a time. Throw in smashed banana, cream and vanilla; beat until blended. lastly, add in the dry ingredients.

heat up the peanut butter in the microwave, till soft. i did it for about 20 seconds. mix the softened peanut butter with about a cup of the batter and stir till blended. pour in the batter and peanut butter alternatively in the pan. swirl the batters together with a knife.

bake for about an hour, i checked around 45 minutes to make sure it wasn't too done. cool in pan for about 30 minutes and then take out, allowing to cool completely on wire rack.

verdict: the bread was moist, not too peanut butter-y or banana-y. i served it as a breakfast treat but it's lovely as a 3pm snack with a cup of tea.