Double Peanut Butter and Banana Pull Apart Bread
Tuesday, 28 January 2014
This kid turns 21 today.
That kid is me by the way. The one on the lead. As you can see my sister, Josie, found it hilarious and I looked pretty enthused by it too. I feel for my Dad who hasn't even put his shoes on yet and am impressed with my Mum who was quick enough to capture this moment. So yes it's my birthday today! And you'll be pleased to know that by the ripe old age of 21 I am able to go out without my leash on. Finally managed it last year…
Anyway, as my birthday fell on a blogging day I thought I should definitely do something crazy and wonderful. It took me a while to come up with a recipe. I considered cakes and cookies and brownies but if I could chose absolutely anything to eat, it wouldn't be any of those. It would be a pull apart bread made of wonderful enriched dough. There should also be peanut butter. And bananas. So naturally we had to welcome Double Peanut Butter and Banana Pull Apart Bread into the world. Deliciously warm and soft with incredible chewy caramelised edges this bread hits the spot like no other. Soft doughy layers conceal bananas covered in peanut butter and cinnamon sugar. It is out of this world, oh my god, get in my belly, awesome.
The icing is also peanut butter. Because I'm a bit of a peanut butter maniac, but it is totally optional. If you want an occasion bread pour it on with no hesitation, but if you're looking for something great for breakfast or brunch, omit the icing if you like your breakfast a little lighter.
So to this crazy good pull apart bread I added candles, because this is the kind of goodness that everyone should eat on their birthday. Outrageous, unnecessary decadence.
This bread is best eaten on the day of baking but will keep for 1-2 days, beware though the bananas will start to brown. And now I think it's about time we got on with the show. Just before we start I should mention that I used the Joy's enriched dough recipe, you can find it here making up an incredible cinnamon bread. I can vouch that it's a good'un and you should definitely give that a go too.
For Double Peanut Butter and Banana Pull Apart Bread you will need:
For the dough
50g granulated sugar
7g yeast (1 packet)
1/2 tsp salt
60g unsalted butter
80ml whole milk
3 medium eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
50g unsalted butter
3 tbsp smooth peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla paste (or extract)
150g granulated sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
For the icing
150g icing sugar
2 tbsp smooth peanut butter
3-4 tbsp milk
1/2 tbsp salt
Begin by combining 260g of the flour with all of the sugar, salt and yeast.
Whisk together in the bowl and set aside.
Now melt the butter and milk together on a low heat until the butter is melted.
Add in the water and the vanilla extract. Set aside.
Whisk the eggs and set aside.
Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture and mix together.
Work with a spatula until a dough ball forms.
Add in the eggs.
Initially it will be goopy and scary but keep working with the spatula and a very wet dough will form.
Add in the remaining 130g of flour and then mix in.
You should end up with something like this.
Transfer into a large, greased bowl and cover in cling film and a clean tea towel. Leave to rise for 1 hour until doubled in size.
Now to make the peanut butter filling. Begin by melting the butter in a pan.
Add in the peanut butter.
And the vanilla paste.
Stir together on a low heat until it becomes a smooth peanut butter sauce. Set aside.
Prep the cinnamon sugar by combining the cinnamon and the sugar in a bowl and mixing together thoroughly. Set aside.
Also slice up the bananas and set aside.
Once your dough has doubled in size, uncover it and knock it back.
Add in 2 tablespoons of flour and work together.
The dough should no longer be wet by fluffy and stretchy. Turn out onto a well floured surface.
Roll out as big as you can go. Aim for about 12x20 inches.
Pour over the peanut butter sauce and brush all over the base with a pastry brush.
Chuck over the bananas.
And the cinnamon sugar.
Now slice into six equal strips.
Layer on top of one another.
Slice into six equal portions again.
Place with the layers facing upwards in a greased loaf tin and cover with a clean tea towel. Leave to rise again for 45 minutes until doubled in size again.
Once doubled in size bake in an oven preheated to 180c for 35-40. The top of the bread will brown, don't be afraid of it turning dark. The bread needs to bake all the way through so don't worry if the top gets dark - this also makes for great chewy edges.
Make your peanut butter icing by combining the peanut butter, icing sugar, salt and milk and mix until you get a smooth icing. Set aside.
Take out your wonderful bread! Turn out onto a plate and then turn the right way up by pressing another plate to the base and flipping over.
Pour over the icing once cooled.
Make sure you get it all down the cracks of the bread.
Oh maaa gaaad. Let's just have a close up.
Add candles if you're celebrating!
Happy Birthday to me - hurrah!