Almond and banana surprise bread

Banana bread with a creamy surprise inside.
1H 45M

With the nutty flavavour from almond meal this banana bread comes with a zesty cream cheese surprise inside. Perfect for morning and afternoon tea.

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1.Preheat oven to 160°C. Grease a 13cm x 23cm (inside top measurement) loaf pan; line base and long sides with baking paper, extending the paper 5cm over the sides.
2.Sift almond meal, flour, cinnamon and bicarb into a large bowl. Combine ¾ cup (165g) of the sugar, the eggs, milk, butter, vanilla and banana in a medium bowl. Add banana mixture to dry ingredients; fold through until just combined (don’t over-mix).
3.Beat cream cheese, rind, juice and remaining sugar in a medium bowl with a wooden spoon until combined.
4.Spoon half the banana bread mixture into the prepared pan. Spoon the cream cheese mixture on top, leaving a 1cm border. Top with remaining banana bread mixture, then almonds.
5.Bake for 1 hour 25 minutes or until bread comes away from pan slightly and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cover loosely with foil if it starts overbrowning during baking. Cool in pan.

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