Banana bread cake

Banana cake is a great simple way to use up those overripe bananas that despite best efforts, we almost always get left with.

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I eat a banana every day so i buy quite a few each week, but some how they go from perfect to black in the blink of an eye. I hate to throw any thing away.

They are actually at their best for cakes when they are black, and have a better more intense favour.

I would only recommend using very ripe/over ripe bananas for a cake. The riper they are the better.

You can help them along a bit by putting them in the oven. Read food 52 article on it here to see how.

Banana cake

I have made so many banana cakes before, but i adapted them slightly to fill this larger tin.

This one is a relatively simple one for me, no fancy flavours, just the addition of some dark chocolate and chopped hazelnuts.

I used some creme fraiche as i had some that needed using, but you could make a swap for sour cream.

This cake requires three and a half standard sized bananas or 3 large ones.

I made it with some whipped very soft butter this time, but its also fantastic with some whipped cooled brown butter.

Add ins

Chocolate and hazelnuts are always a great combination, but you can change things up, or keep it plain.

Milk or dark chocolate works well, and any nuts you have like walnuts or pecans. Sesame seeds work well too.

I used a bar of dark chocolate and chopped it up very finely, but chocolate chips or larger chunks are fine too.

Spices like cinnamon are great in a banana cake, you could add 1 tsp.

This can be made in a large loaf tin, or two smaller ones.

The cake is best eaten in the first few days, but we like to toast it and have it with butter, so that helps it last a bit longer.

It have haven’t tried toasted banana cake before i highly recommend it.

Place slices of banana bread under the grill to toast.

You can then dust it with some powdered sugar or spread on some butter, or do both.

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Note on the recipe

I measure my ingredient with weighing scales and used grams. To convert it to cups i used this cooking conversion chart.

I cant guarantee the cup conversions are accurate.

To toast the hazelnuts- place in a dry pan and gently toast for a few minutes.

My Non stick method

Bundt tins can be a bit scary to bake in, as sometimes the cakes can stick when you try and turn them out.

I brush the tin well with melted butter, being sure to cover the entire surface and in all the corners.

Then i sift in some flour and shake it around to coat the inside of the tin, then tap it to remove any excess flour over the sink. The tin then goes into the fridge so the butter can harden up again while i make the mixture.

To remove the cake from the tin in one piece, i let it sit in the tin for 15 minutes, then i carefully turn it out on to a wire cooling rack.

I dusted it with icing sugar, but you could make a glaze if you are not planning on toasting it.

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Banana cake

Large banana bread cake, with chocolate and hazelnuts
Course Snack
Cuisine european
Keyword banana, cake
Servings 10 slices

Equipment

  • 6 to 10 cup bundt tin or two loaf pans

Ingredients

  • 250 g unsalted butter (1 cup + 2 tbsp) (one block of butter in the uk or 2 sticks in america) softened
  • 100 g dark brown sugar (1/2 cup)
  • 200 g golden caster sugar (or white caster sugar) (1 cup)
  • 300 g bananas (approx 3 and a half medium bananas)
  • 350 g self raising flour (2 & 3/4 cups + 2 tbsp) (or plain flour with 2 tsp baking powder)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 200 ml full fat creme fraiche (or sour cream)
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 100 g bar of dark chocolate, finely chopped or chocolate chips
  • 65 g toasted hazelnuts finely chopped (approx half a cup) any nuts you like
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean pasta or extract

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 180c 350f
  • Grease the tin with non stick baking spray, if you don't have any spray i use this method to ensure it will be non stick
    Using a brush, grease the tin with melted butter ensuring it gets in to all the edges and then sift in some flour to coat the tin, shake it around and tap the tin upside down over the sink to remove any excess flour and place the tin in the fridge to harden the butter.
  • Mash the bananas in a bowl using a fork. Add the vanilla and place to one side,
  • Place the softened butter and sugar in a bowl and whisk for at least 5 minutes until it is very pale and creamy. it may take longer. I use an electric stand mixer, but a hand held electric whisk will work too.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, beating for a minute, then stop and use a spatula to scrape the bowl before adding the next egg.
  • Then add the creme fraiche and mashed bananas and mix in.
  • Sift in the flour, salt and mix together with the wet ingredients. (if using plain flour rather than self raising flour, ensure you sift the baking powder and flour together first)
  • Add the chopped chocolate and hazelnuts and mix in.
  • Tip mixture into the prepared tin, tap to level out and ensure it is filled properly. Bake in the centre of the oven for about 50 minutes. It is baked when a knife inserted comes out clean
  • Removing from the bundt tin in one piece. My tip for this is to let cool in the tin for 15 minutes, then turn out to cool further on a wire cooling rack.

Banana bread cake