Saturday, November 27, 2010
Count down to Christmas with Banana walnut cake
With chill winds blowing, snow flakes coming down, carols sounding, decorations all around it sure is a season for Christmas..so much so is the reason for baking yummy treats..watch those holiday cals!!!
Ripe bananas always tempt me to bake a banana cake..and since I'm fond of nuts too,so incorporated walnuts which are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. A bit of health throw in..kind off!!! So Banana Walnut cake is a perfect combo for flavour and crunch.
Sorry no cake left after slicing to take pictures of slices..
400 gms butter(softened)
2 cups sugar
Flour & Powders:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground allspice (optional)
1 pinch salt
1 tbsp Banana extract
1 tbsp lime juice
1/2 - 1 cup Evaporated milk
Fruit & Nut:
1/2 - 1 cup Walnuts (chopped)
1 or 2 Bananas
Mash Bananas into smooth paste.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour your desired cake pans. I used a loaf pan and a square pan.
Measure all ingredients and keep them ready, Take butter out of fridge before an hour to soften it.
Beat butter, sugar in a large bowl until they turn creamy Add in eggs. Beat on low speed of electric mixer until blended, then on high speed for 5 minutes until light and fluffy.
Combine and swift together flour, allspice(if adding, baking powder, soda and salt in a separate bowl, and fold these dry ingredients alternately with liquid ingredients except milk. Keep mixing
Add Mashed Banana. Add milk if necessary according to the consistency of the batter. Keep mixing while adding. Add chopped walnuts. Gently mix to combine.
Pour into Prepared greased pan/pans.
Bake in preheated oven for 50 - 60minutes, usually banana cake longer time to bake.
Tip : During the baking process, when the cake rises and gets the shape and is browning on the top, then remove from the oven and cover it with foil, shiny side up, and bake for the remaining time or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.