Friday 17 February 2017

Mary Berry's Holiday Banana Cake

Hey everyone :)

What can I say about banana bread ... it's moist, it's tasty, it's easy to make, it's a brilliant cake!

I was sitting at home on Friday - and I had been thinking for ages that I hadn't baked or cooked anything. So I started flicking through Mary Berry's Foolproof Cooking cookbook and came across a recipe for 'Holiday Banana Cake' (some people may say loaf as it was baked in a loaf tin) and thought I'd make that - it's a very hom-ey cake I feel and it was a wet, cold day ... so I felt it was a good fit :)

As you will see from the pictures I slightly overdid mine but I do enjoy over-baked things anyway. It still tasted amazing!

125ml sunflower oil
200g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
175g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 eggs, beaten
3 small ripe bananas, peeled and mashed (about 300g)

1. You will need a 900g loaf tin. Preheat the oven to 180℃/160℃ fan/Gas 4, then grease the tin with oil and line the base with a strip of baking paper.
2. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and, either by hand or using an electric hand whisk, beat together for 1 minute. Spoon into the prepared tin and level the top.
3. Bake in the oven for about an hour until lightly golden on top, springy to the touch and coming away from the sides of the tin.
4. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then remove and leave to cool on a wire rack. Cut into slices and serve plain or spread with butter.

- Overripe bananas make the best cake - so leave them to brown or ripen for a few days before making the cake.
- I like a well done loaf - I love the crisp, crunchiness it gets - but just adjust to the time to how you like it.
- Some people like to sprinkle brown sugar on top of the cake before baking that way it get a crunchy top too.
- You could also add chop chips (white, dark or milk) to jazz the loaf up a bit. Although be careful as I find sometimes they sink to the bottom of the cake.

What's your favourite thing to bake in the kitchen? Let me know in the comments below!

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