[the everyday-everytime-everywhere] Banana strawberry Nutella semifreddo

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If someone ask for one thing which is typically for a german breakfast. The answer will be Nutella. When my brothers and me went shopping with my mum they were a few things we wanted to have everytime. First some colorful packed sweets which look very appealing for kids but taste horrible. And last but not least: Nutella. The magic chocolate spread which is a little bit nutty and chocolatly in taste.

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When I thought about an ice cream combination, I had to think about something with Nutella in it (+ when I visited my family this weekend my mum bought a new XXL family jar of Nutella!). And is there anything better than the combination of chocolate and banana? Yes! If you add a few strawberries, it will turn out creamy and refreshing on one side and rich in chocolate and banana taste on the other side. I called this kind of ice cream “semifreddo” which means half frozen. It’s important to mention that this recipe is without an egg, therefore the texture is less creamy and it tastes better when you take it off the freezer 10-15 minutes earlier.

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Banana strawberry Nutella semifreddo

Ingredients:
200 g bananas
200 g heavy cream
Handful of strawberries (about 50 g)
1 tablespoon vanilla sugar
2 tablespoon Nutella or any other chocolate spread

Directions:

  1. In a blender mix together the bananas and heavy cream. Add the strawberries and vanilla sugar. The consistency should be semi fluid. If you want it sweeter add sugar.
  2. Fill in a plastic box. Next add the Nutella with a spoon.
  3. Freeze in for at least 6 hours.

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By the way, my mum always bought very healthy food! (but of course up to today somtimes a glass of Nutella ends up in our shopping bag!)

Enjoy!

xxx

Caprice

[Australian nostalgia] Banana Bread

First things that come to my mind when I am thinking about my trip to Australia a couple of month ago: worst sunburn ever, most beautiful beaches I have ever seen (Whitsundays!), first time I feed a kangaroo in my life and last but not least Banana Bread!
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So when I returned to Germany (with 11 kg more luggage) my heart was overloaded by so many impressions and  my mind full of new baking ideas. It was an amazing time and I have tons of wonderful memories with fantastic people in my head! And for everybody how doesn’t like banana that much… I wasn’t a big banana fan until I tried Banana bread in Australia. But now I love it! So maybe this recipe can convince you too. For me banana bread was the perfect breakfast while travelling because you can buy it one day ahead and it still tastes fresh and luscious the next day! Together with some fresh blueberries and a cup of coffee I was perfectly prepared for the next adventure!
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Banana Bread

ingredients:
250 g all-purpose flour
90 g granulated white sugar
60 g brown sugar
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
115 g unsalted butter, melted and cooled
300 g bananas (about 3 bananas, mashed well)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
TIPP:  add  100g blueberries

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C and place oven rack to middle Position.
  2. Mix butter and both sugars with vanilla extract and honey. Add the eggs one after another and add the mashed bananas.
  3. In a bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Add the wet ingredients (banana mixture) into the dry ingredients just until combined and the batter is thick.
  4. Scrape batter into prepared pan. Bake until bread is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes.
  5. This bread can be frozen.

 

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In Australia Banana Bread is served toasted with butter or jam. But as you like you can serve it with everything! When I visited a close friend of mine, Christiane,  in Sydney, we enjoyed banana bread crumbles with plain vanilla yogurt and fresh mango!
Best dessert/ breakfast/ snack ever! And by the way if you freeze the cutted bread,you can take it out of the freezer as single slices and put them in the toaster for just 2 minutes to enjoy it every morning!
xxx
Caprice