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Biscoff Crunch Banana Bread

Well folks, I noticed we had a little of the Biscoff spread left over from the brownies and the blondies, and while Andy would quite happily have eaten it with a spoon, I decided to get one more recipe out of our cookie butter. I wanted to keep things pretty simple, so I decided to try this recipe for Biscoff Crunch Banana Bread by Table for Two.

Bread

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Biscoff spread
  • 3 tbsp. melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 18 Biscoffe cookies, crushed

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×5 loaf pan and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the first 5 ingredients and mix until well blended.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Then slowly pour it in the stand mixer, beating on low until batter forms and is mixed well.
  4. Gently fold in ¾ of the crushed Biscoff cookies with a spatula.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and then top with the remaining ¼ crushed Biscoff cookies.
  6. Bake for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  7. Let cool completely before removing from pan and slicing.
  8. Keep in airtight container for up to a week.

Notes

  • I tweaked the ingredients list just a bit. Instead of white sugar, I used dark brown, and I also increased the cinnamon to 2 tbsps. I like the richness brown sugar adds, especially to spiced baked goods, and in this case, it brought out a bit more of the caramel-y flavors in the cookie butter. The cinnamon I increased because Andy is a cinnamon fiend and a mere 1/2 tsp would have been just a tease.
  • I liked this recipe quite a bit. The crunchy cookie crust on the top nicely contrasted the dense moist banana bread. The cookies that were mixed into the batter sort of dissolved and created pockets of that delicious Biscoff flavor through out the loaf.
  • The next time I make this I am going to mix in a bit more of the cookie butter. While you got the Biscoff flavor from the crust and the crushed cookies, the actual bread itself tasted like your average banana bread. It almost seemed like the cookie butter was wasted, since flavor-wise, you would have never known it was in there.

 


Biscoff Brownies

For those of you who don’t know, every year I put together a “birthday week” for my husband. 7 days worth of gifts and small surprises that end in the big day itself. I started birthday week the first year Andy and I were dating, and ever since then, Andy has been adamant that he has to have one every year. In keeping with the spirit of birthday week, this week I decided to try out this recipe for Biscoff Brownies. Andy LOVES Biscoff cookies, and I suspect we fly Delta so often because they are the standard snack provided. So buying the cookie butter and baking something non-cookie based with it seemed like the logical next step.

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Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup salted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Biscoff Spread, melted

Instructions:

  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a square 8×8 or 9×9 baking pan with parchment paper or give it a coating of baking spray.
  3. Melt the butter on the stove top in a sauce pan or in the microwave. Whisk in sugar and cocoa powder, and then stir in vanilla extract.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the eggs well, and then whisk in the chocolate mixture until well combined. Stir the flour into the chocolate mixture until just combined.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Melt Biscoff Spread in the microwave and drizzle over the top of the brownie batter. Use a clean butter knife to swirl the Biscoff Spread into the batter.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Cool on a wire cooling rack for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Notes:

  • These brownies were a definite win. The brownie recipe itself was solid and produced rich dense chocolaty goodness. The Biscoff swirl was just an added bonus.
  • Swirl-wise I think I “marbled” the top of my brownies too much; you still got a hint of Biscoff when you took a bite, but bigger swirls would have allowed for a nice punch of that caramel-y cinnamon flavor that we all love.
  • The only downside to these brownies is trying to take them out of the pan. You have to be really careful or they’ll break apart when you tip them out. Mine broke into four uneven hunks that I squared off and cut into individual serving sizes. Not a big disaster but it bothered me a bit they were all oddly shaped.