I tried the same recipe again today only used apples instead of bananas - I cooked the apples first in just a tablespoon full of honey. It is delicious - I wouldn't say better than the banana cake but full of flavour and just a wonderful texture. It's not overly sweet - the flavour of the fruit does come through better that way and also keeps the calories down a bit! The banana cake would be perfect with a little butter or jam or even peanut butter spread on it. The apple cake when warm almost begs for a blob of vanilla ice-cream or just cream.... it begged me but I resisted.
If you fancy trying it - here is my recipe:
Preparation time - about 10 minutes max!
Cooking time - about 1 hour if using one tin; 35 minutes if using two smaller tins.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Prepare a loaf tin or 8"round cake tin. I used two loaf tins for the banana cake this time but it would have all fitted into one - you'll just need to increase the cooking time.
2 ripe bananas or two cooking apples
( if using the apples, cook them a little first til they're soft)
250g self-raising flour
1tspn baking powder
6 tbspns brown sugar (or substitute all or part with honey)
6 tbspns sunflower oil
6 tbspns semi-skimmed milk
(Add a handful of raisins/sultanas/walnuts as well if you want.)
- Mash the bananas or cooked apples and add the raisins/walnuts if you're using them. Add any honey you might chose to use at this stage too.
- Sift the flour and baking powder together. Add the sugar and mix.
- Mix together the eggs, oil and milk.
- Add to the flour mixture and combine well.
- Add the banana or apple mixture and combine well.
- Pour mixture into cake tin and place in the oven for about 55 minutes.
- Check cake is cooked by inserting a skewer or knife - should come out fairly clean when cooked.
- Cool in the tin for about 10 minutes then turn out.
- The cake keeps well in an airtight tin, though I have no evidence of exactly how long....
All the baking has helped to take my mind off the process of selling our house. We had a couple return today for a second viewing and they brought a parent with them - always a good sign - but I had decided to take Ruy and Romy to the Odeon Kid's Club this morning. It was Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang which I quite enjoyed. There were a few good jokes in there, a sort of moral message about how children should behave and a soppy, happy ending. What I liked was that when the film finished, a few people in the audience actually applauded. I was a more concerned about hiding the embarrassing fact that I had cried a bit at the ending - which was totally predictable and says more about my rather fragile state of mind than any strength of the film. I think mums are supposed to cry at the end, maybe, just a bit...anyway, by the time we got home, the dreaded visit was over and now we just have to wait to see whether an offer is forthcoming or not. Cross everything!!