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Nutella Swirl Banana Loaf

15 Jun

Earlier in the week, I did something I never thought I would do.  I added something to my banana bread.  Now, I’m not really a fan of things in my breads.  I don’t generally like nuts or chunks or chocolate chips in them (except walnuts in my pumpkin bread, which, honestly, is amazing) or cream cheese or butter or any other spread on them.  Just give me plain fruit/vegetable loaf.

But let me tell you, I’ve been converted.  After seeing nutella added to just about every baked good on Pinterest and trying some very mediocre no-flour-just-sugar-and-nutella cookies there, I decided to take  inspiration from Pinterest (or should I say PINspiration, eh? Right, never again) and add nutella to my banana bread recipe.


The bread was a huge comfort for the two days it lasted between two people- whoops- as I’ve been agonizing about my thesis.  Now the angst is over, I’ll give you fewer stress recipes and, hopefully, more interesting ones.  I feel that all you know I can bake is various breads!

Note that this is a loaf and not a bread.  As much as I like to delude myself about banana bread not being a dessert, but an acceptable snack, the added nutella makes it very cake-like in terms of sweetness and sugar content.   I didn’t use quite enough nutella when I made it (an obviously foolish mistake), so use the full amount! Best enjoyed with someone you really love because you won’t want to share!

Nutella Swirl Banana LoafNutella Swirl Banana Loaf

Subtract the nutella and you get my regular banana bread recipe


  • 1/2 cup (113g) butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 mashed bananas (mashed to your chunk preferred level)
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 1/4 cup sifted flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup nutella

Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease/butter a loaf tin.  Cream butter and sugar together in a large bowl. Add the eggs and mix until combined.  Mix in nutmeg and bananas.  Sift in flour, baking soda, and salt.  Heat nutella in microwave for 15 seconds or pop in oven for a few minutes.  Pour alternating layers of batter and nutella into the loaf tin.  Swirl with knife to give pretty marbled look.  Bake for about 1 hour.  Leave to cool.  Slice and enjoy!




For the Love of Nutella

10 Nov

Thanks to Kristy Barnardo of the Wicked Noodle for both the recipe and the image! (Mine weren’t nearly as good!)

As a lover of chocolate in general, the discovery of nutella my first year at UCLA (thanks to my amazing roommates Emily and Rhea) was a major step in my life.  I have discovered a ridiculously easy and fairly tasty recipe in which to use this delightful food product, Nutella Cookies.  They have three ingredients.  Seriously.  I found them on this really great site with lots of other recipes that I want to try at some point.  I feel that the focus of this blog has become less about my adventures in graduate school and more about my adventures baking in graduate school.  Maybe it’s time for a blog theme update?  Baking my way through grad school?  Maybe I should try to sell them…  Hmmm.

My life right now isn’t all that exciting.  I’ve not done anything that stands out much since I first arrived, when I got to go to an  island owned by some of my boyfriend’s family friends.  That was incredible!  But since then, I’ve mostly just been reading things for my thesis (huge thank yous go out to Mark Osteen and Stuart Murray for their work, if they ever read random blogs that happen to have a little to do with their field), drinking warm beverages- there is literally a whole shelf in my kitchen dedicated to teas, coffees, and hot chocolate-, and cooking/baking.

That said, I’ve learned a lot about the UK recently in my reading of academic articles and the BBC News page.  Tomorrow is Remembrance Day, a day dedicated to remembering fallen soldiers from various British wars.  I’ve been told that at 11am, the whole country observes two minutes of silence for when the guns fell silent after WWI- 11th hour of the 11 day of the 11th month.  Apparently one stops what one is doing no matter where you are.  The image to the left is  the Cenotaph with poppies around it in honor of those soldiers who never made it home.