I'm not overly keen on bananas however, so I wasn't sure how much I was going to like a cake made of them.
But I love it!!
I buy bananas in the hope that James (my one year old) will come around to them...but so far no luck! He just pokes at them and they either end up on the floor, or I eat them.
So, we always have loads of browning bananas that I'm forever giving to my mum.
This time I thought I'd try baking them.
270g of peeled bananas (I used about 5 small)
140g unsalted butter
130g Dark Brown Soft Sugar
280g plain flour
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1) Preheat the oven to 170ºC (160 for fan), 325ºF, Gas 3
2) Mash the bananas in a bowl.
3) Melt the butter completely so it turns to liquid (I just used the microwave).
4) Beat the sugar and eggs together until fully mixed. Add the mashed bananas and mix very well. I used a handheld electric mixer as it's much easier than a whisk.
5) Add the flour, cinnamon, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder then mix through until everything is blended nicely. Add the melted butter. It's important that the butter is completely melted.
6) Once everything is thoroughly mixed together, put the mixture into two 1lb loaf tins. You could possibly use a 2lb loaf tin, but you may have to adjust your timings. I lined my loaf tins with baking paper, but you could use butter to grease them instead.
7) Bake in your preheated oven for an hour. Keep an eye on how it's doing, but try not to open the oven as this can stop your cake from rising properly; if you must do, only open it a crack. To check that it's done insert a skewer into the centre of the cake - it should come out clean. It should also be firm when touched, as a loaf of bread would be.
I'm currently sat enjoying a slice with a cup of tea - delicious!!
Thanks for reading