Banana Nutella Maple Syrup Bread for World Nutella Day (one day late)


>TWD: Cocoa-Nana Bread


“Cake. Mmmmm. I want one more piece. Just. One. More. Fucking. Piece.”
This is a quote from Sleep Talkin’ Man, a blog about an English man that talks in his sleep and says really odd stuff. I recently stumbled on this blog and it’s hilarious, it sure makes me smile 🙂 Anyways, this quote expresses exactly what I though of this weeks challenge for Tuesdays with Dorie.

Steph of Obsessed with Baking picked the Cocoa-Nana Bread for us to bake this week. I love Steph’s blog and wasn’t very surprised to find out that she picked this recipe simply because I have seen loads of different Banana Bread recipes pop up on her blog, like this one, one with blueberries (that’s light too!), one by Cook’s Illustrated, one from the Silver Palate Cookbook and most recently the Chocolate Chip Banana Bread. In fact I think Steph should change the name of here blog to Obsessed with Baking Banana Bread!!!

This Cocoa-Nana Bread is amazing, my sucky pictures don’t do it any justice!!! I only had a tiny bit: about 1/4 of a slice, simply because my colleagues loved this so much that they devoured it in absolutely no time! In fact when my mom told that she wanted to bake something last Saturday I persuaded her to bake this bread, so I could have another slice! Some people in the P&Q-section where concerned about the banana’s. In my opinion the taste of the bananas was more of an afterthought: but I liked how moist they made the bread. This is another keeper: I will be making it again soon, if not tomorrow! So thanks Steph, for picking this scrumptious Cocoa-Nana Bread!!
The recipe can be found at Steph’s blog, go here to find out what the other TWD-ers thought of this recipe. Here are the TWD-recipes for February, it’s gonna be a great month:
  • February 2, 2010: Milk Chocolate Mini Bundt Cakes, pages 188 and 189.
  • February 9, 2010: Rick Katz’s Brownies for Julia, page 91.
  • February 16, 2010: My Best Chocolate Chip Cookies, page 68.
  • February 23, 2010: Honey-Wheat Cookies, page 81.

>My late TWD: Brioche Blueberry Tart


Yesterday evening I finally got around to making the brioche dough for this weeks TWD. When I wanted to add the filling today I found out that my plums where no good any more. What to do? I still had some beautiful blueberries in the fridge and some blueberry rhubarb jam that I brought back from Canada: a lovely combination!

I made half of the brioche dough and used my four mini-tart pans. I baked the tarts 10 minutes uncovered and 7 minutes with a foil tent. The dough was cooked to perfection and the blueberries were nice and succulent. Brought some over to my dad and he loved these!

The recipe can be found here at Chez Us, don’t forget to check out the TWD blogroll!
Next weeks TWD recipe: Raspberry Blanc-Manger

>TWD: Fresh Mango Bread Muffins with Pecans and Coconut


After missing out on all last weeks challenges I really looked forward to participating in this weeks TWD as Kelly of Baking with the Boys picked Mango Bread for us to try.

I halved the recipe, used a bit more cinnamon and a bit less ginger. I soaked the raisins in apfelkorn for about 10 minutes and added 1/3 cup of chopped pecans and 2 tablespoons of shredded coconut to the batter to get a more pronounced tropical taste. Then I divided the mixture over some muffin liners and baked them for about 20 minutes. Next time they need a bit less time in the oven as they had a bit too much of a tan on them in my opinion….

This time I forgot to add the lime zest and am afraid that at one point I forgot to half the ingredients: I can clearly remember measuring the whole 1/2 cup of packed light brown sugar and adding it to the rest of the dry ingredients, so I guess my muffins will be a tad sweet this week. I’ll get back on the flavour later today after I sampled a muffin! Update: these were absolutely perfect: nice and moist on the inside with an occasional piece of pecan, yum!!

The coconut however was hardly detectable…. Maybe I’ll add some more next time!

My halved recipe actually made 24 muffins, it always amazes me when I get way more muffins from one recipe than Americans. I’m not exactly sure what this means… MaybeI’m frugal or American muffins are simply enormous!! Anyhow, one of my muffins contains 3 WW points.

Go check out what my fellow TWD-ers thought of the Mango Bread here!
Great news by the way for those of you who are not members of TWD but want to be: the group’s accepting new members!!! If you’re interested, go check out the rules here.

>TWD Rewind: Brioche Raisin Snails


I know…. I’m a day late posting this, but well…. You’re just going to have to forgive me!

Isabelle from Les gourmandises d’Isa hosted TWD this week and picked Arborio Rice Pudding as the recipe for this week. But…. I don’t like rice pudding (sorry Isa… 😦 ) and was also put off by the P&Q’s: lots of people seemed to have issues in one way or the other with this recipe. If you would like to try and make it, the recipe can be found here. The results of the other TWD-ers can be found here.

So you may wonder: what did I do if I didn’t make the rice pudding? I decided to do a rewind and make the Brioche Raisin Snails: they were picked by Peabody of Culinary Concoctions of Peabody for March 18, 2008. Since I wasn’t a member of TWD back then I haven’t made these before and had my eye on them since I joined. I will not type over the entire recipe as it can be found here.

The recipe called for 2 packets of dry-active yeast. I had no idea how much grams or teaspoons that would be, but luckily someone asked that question in the P&Q. Thus I found out that 1 packet is 2 1/4 tsp. Instead of the rum called for in this recipe (Peabody used Grand Marnier) I used a cinnamon liquor and I made a plaine glaze instead of Peabody’s tangerine glaze. Other than that I followed the recipe exactly.

I loved these!! I will defenitely be making them again, but next time I will pop the in the oven just a bit shorter: I thought they were a bit too brown and prefer them to be more golden and soft.
As for the other half of the dough: I’m keeping that to make the Pecan Honey Sticky buns that were chosen by Madam Chow of Madam Chow’s Kitchen for TWD for May 27, 2008. They will be appearing on this blog soon. 😉
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