You see, I never knew it, but several people told me recently that you can freeze bananas that are not going to get eaten but you don't have the time to use them for baking. Then, when the baking time comes free you haul those bananas out the freezer, defrost and you have your perfectly soft bananas ready to be transformed into something wonderful.
What these wonderful fonts of information didn't tell me was just how vile a defrosted banana is.
Honestly, I am not sure I will ever be able to freeze a banana again. Only it does prevent waste. And I do have a very good recipe for banana cake. It is based on the recipe in The Fanny Farmer Cook Book. (OMG! I am just too British now, and incredibly juvenile, because every time I think of that book title I smirk!)
It isn't the recipe from the book any more though, because I have changed it, played with it, doctored it up and made it mine all mine.
|It's hard to show you how good something tastes with a photo.|
Really, you should just come over and share it with me.
Here's what you need -
4oz butter (1/2 cup)
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 bananas (approximately 1 cup) mashed
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 - 1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup creme fraiche (or sour cream as an alternative)
1/2 cup shredded coconut (not sweetened)
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
Line a 9" square pan.
Cream the butter and sugar together. Add the mashed bananas, eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Combine all the dry ingredients except the coconut and add to the butter mixture. Mix until combined. Add in the creme fraiche and the coconut and mix until just combined again. Put the cake batter in the pan and bake for approximately 45 minutes, until the cake springs back to your touch.
Cool and eat, though I like to eat one piece while it is still warm because it is so good! (If I do say so myself.) If you have a pathological hatred of coconut then leave it out. Otherwise, banana and coconut go together really well. This is a light, fluffy cake, not the loaf consistency that some people choose for their banana cakes. And it keeps well for a number of days. Which is good if you are trying to hide it from your kids so that you can have more for yourself.
Do you ever wonder why I complain that I can't lose weight?