Banana Cake

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September 8, 2012 by Bloke In A Kitchen

This is a great way to use up bananas that are going ripe (the riper the better in my view as the taste becomes fragrant).  Most of the other ingredients are likely to be in your stock cupboard and fridge, so it’ll probably cost next to nothing to make too.

Often my local supermarket sells off big bags of perfectly good bananas for next to nothing, and they’re perfect for making cakes, putting in a blender with yoghurt, milk and honey etc. for a delicious milkshake, or mashing up with a hint of cinnamon for banana toast.

Anyway, the cake.  It’s really simple to make, and my daughter loved helping out, seiving, stirring, counting out the spoonfuls of milk, oil and sugar on this one.  I love this kind of cake as it’s not loaded with sugar, a lot of the natural sweetness comes from the bananas.

Ingredients

2 or 3 ripe bananas, mashed

250g self raising flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

4 tablespoons of brown sugar

6 tablespoons sunflower oil

6 tablespoons milk

2 eggs

120g sultanas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

METHOD

*  Pre-heat the oven to Gas Mark 4 / 180 celsius

*  Mash the bananas

*  In another, large bowl, sift the flour and baking powder

*  Stir in the sugar to the flour

*  In another bowl, whisk together the oil, milk and eggs.  Then add this to the flour, baking powder and sugar.

*  Add the mashed bananas, and the sultanas, and mix well.

*  Gently pour the mixture into a well greased/oiled cake tin, along with paper parchment cut out to fir the bottom of the tin. (with a loose bottom / sprung sides; makes it easier to get the cake out).  Spread the mixture evenly around with a spatula.  If’ you’ve got more bananas to hand, you can arrange some more slices on top, which not only looks nice, but also lends the top of the cake a gorgeous chewiness.  A little extra brown sugar sprinkled on top also adds a nice slightly crunchy touch.

*  Bake on the middle shelf for 50-55 minutes.  It’s cooked properly when you put a knife/skewer in the middle of the cake and it comes out clean, without any ‘doughy’ cake mixture.

*  Allow to cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy!

Bloke In A Kitchen x

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