Auntie Anne, can I have the last piece?

Okay my cake did not look nearly as pretty as the one on the website from which I got the recipe, but it was damn good!

We had my brother, Joe, and his family over for dinner tonight and I wanted to serve a dessert that wouldn’t be too sweet knowing that my sister-in-law, Noreen, likes desserts but nothing crazily sugary (which I can appreciate).  So I found this “snack cake” that I thought was perfect but knew Joe would doubt every crumb of its loveliness.

Our mom is an AMAZING baker and we were blessed with many scrumptious delights for desserts throughout our youth.  However, if any of these treats involved fruit of any kind Joe would say, “This isn’t dessert.  This should be served for breakfast.”  He is so picky!… to this day!

So when my adorable nephew, Flynn, quietly and rather sneakily asked me, “Auntie Anne, can I have the last piece,” I fell in love with him even more and then satisfyingly glared at Joe as he gobbled up the last of his piece along with my niece’s.  The picture included in this blog is a picture of one piece, minus one bite thanks to Joe.  Although this “snack cake” is comprised of bananas, it is moist, balanced, and nutellaishly (yes I made up a word) lovely.  And yet Joe still managed to happily complain.  I love my brother!

Great treat to try!  Have fun!

Banana, Pecan, Nutella Swirl Snack Cake (care of damndelicious.net)

Banana, Pecan, Nutella Swirl Cake

INGREDIENTS:  1 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature), 1/3 cup packed brown sugar, 1 large egg, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/3 cup buttermilk, 3 ripe bananas, mashed, 1/4 cup Nutella, 1/4 cup toasted pecan halves

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat an 8×8 baking dish with nonstick spray.  In a large bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla until well combined.  With the mixer on low speed, add buttermilk and dry ingredients alternately in 3 parts, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients, beating just until incorporated. Beat in bananas until well combined.  Scoop the batter evenly into prepared baking dish. Top with Nutella, swirling into the batter using figure eight motions. Sprinkle with pecans, using your fingertips to gently press the pecans into the batter.  Place into oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool slightly before cutting into bars.

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