To me these muffins taste like Paris. They remind me of banana and Nutella crepes by the seine amidst carousels with their dancing horses whirling. Banana Crepes made freshly by a man in a wooden booth. Ladalling the mixture onto a round hot plate, spreading it thinly with a deft, uninterested flick of the wrist, expertly twirling his wooden spatula. As soon as the crepe is golden, another casual flick turns it out onto a paper plate. Then for the important bit. He dips into a huge tub of nutella, chocolatly drips all around the rim, and spreads the crepe with a thick layer of nutella. Banana slices are scattered across the top.The crepe is flipped over, encasing the nutella within, the warm crepe heating it,gently melting it, so it sticks to our finger and coats our mouths. These muffins will always remind me of a special trip to Paris and regular stops for crepes at the insistence of my best friend who can eat nutella constantly, on bread, on cake, on crepes but mostly just on a spoon.
These muffins are essentially a banana bread recipe meaning they’re really easy to bake, but the nutella makes them feel like something really special.
Banana and Nutella Muffins
75g Self Raising Flour
70g Caster sugar
30g Soft Margarine
150g (about 2 medium) of peeled bananas
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 generous teaspoons of nutella
– Preheat the over to 350f/180C/gas 4.
– Put the flour, sugar, margarine and eggs into a mixing bowl. Beat with a wooden spoon until all the ingredients are mixed together. Add the Vanilla extract and beat in.
– Peel the bananas and mash them up in a separate bowl. You are aiming for well mashed bananas, but you still want to keep a few lumps and a bit of texture. Stir your bananas into the flour mixture.
– Divide your mixture between 6 muffin cases. Into each one put a generous half spoon of nutella. You need your nutella to be quite runny, so pop it in the microwave for a few seconds if it is too firm. Use a toothpick, or chop stick to swirl the nutella through the banana mixture. Alternatively, push some of the banana mixture gently over the top of the nutella, this will create a nutella pocket in the middle of your muffin.
– Cook for about 20 minutes, checking regularly, until risen and firm.