Thursday 2 February 2017

Banana And Walnut Cake

First thing is first, you need to understand I am not a cake maker, bread maker of candlestick maker, but by Pete's sake I'm gonna give it a go and whip up something fantastic, with my little helper in tow, clean hands at the ready, we said a little prayer as we probably will destroy the kitchen in the process.

Kitchen survived, no smoke alarms gone off and all went swimmingly and the end result shocked me, that it actually came out just as I hoped if not better.

I am not fan of bananas, something about the texture puts me off, but Leanora loves them so I do not mind buying them. 

A few left over and a tad overripe, mother and daughter in search for an activity on this rainy day, why not make a 
cake to cheer us up from the weather plus it would be fun.

This is the recipe below, why not give it a go.

Ingredients For The Banana and Walnut Cake 
3 medium bananas 
300 g self-raising flour
150 g softened butter 
150 g soft brown sugar 
2 medium eggs 
75g walnuts 
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

For The Cake Topping 
125 g full fat soft cheese 
75 g butter
200 g icing sugar
Teaspoon vanilla essence
Squeeze of lemon juice to taste
5-10g walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 180°C / 350°F / Gas Mark 4.
2. Grease the loaf tin (23cm) with butter
3. Peel the bananas and mash them with a fork and bag the walnuts with a rolling pin in a bag, not to finely as you want a mixture of size
4. Place the butter and brown sugar into a mixing bowl and blend together with a fork. Stir in the bananas and chopped walnuts. Mix in one egg and sift in half of the flour. Add the remaining flour, egg, oil then mix in a figure of eight, but Leanora did not understand so mixed like a mad woman/toddler
5. Pour the mixture into the loaf tin, smooth it level and place in the oven for 50-60 minutes. 
6. Make the topping by adding the icing sugar, soft cheese, butter and vanilla into a bowl and mixing it all together with a fork. Spoon the icing onto the cake and spread it evenly with a knife and sprinkle the remainder of your walnuts on top

A sweet treat to enjoy any day of the week, with a cup of coffee for me, warm milk for Leanora, feet up, blankets at the ready and time to chill and watch a movie.


London Mumma xx


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