Sometimes when one tries to make something out of whatever is lying around at home, amazing things happen. One such thing happened today with this banana cake. And my husband, who is very honest about food (annoying sometimes), ate a big piece without even me offering it. So bingo! This worked and tasted super nice.
Preparation time: around 15 min
Cook time: 30-35 min
Measure: use the same cup (whatever you like to use) for the whole recipe. You would not go wrong. I used a simple tea-cup for measurements
1. Three ripe banana (puried into a smooth paste). This was around 2.5 cups of puree
2. Sugar – 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon (tbsp) more
3. Vanilla- sugar – 1 tbsp (If you don’t have this simply replace with normal sugar)
4. Vanilla essence – 1 tbsp
5. Molten butter – 1/2 cup
6. All purpose flour (maida) – 1.5 cups
7. Baking powder – 3/4 teaspoon (tsp)
8. Baking soda – 1/2 tsp
9. A pinch of salt
10. Milk – 1.5 tbsp
11. A little butter for greasing
12. Chopped almonds – 4 tbsp
Pre-heat the oven at 180 degree centigrade for around 10-15 min.
Sieve the all purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl and keep aside. Let us call this the flour-mix.
Take the banana puree in a large mixing bowl. Add the sugar, vanilla sugar and mix well until all is blended together. Now add in the vanilla essence and mix well. Finally add the molten butter and mix well.
Now add half of the sieved flour-mix and mix well gently. Don’t be too bothered if it starts to lump a bit. Keep mixing. Now add the remaining flour-mix and again mix well. Now add the milk and start folding the batter over itself. Do this until all the lumps are gone.
Take a little batter and try to pour it into the bowl from above. It should fold like chocolate or more like silk cloth folding on top of itself. If this is not happening add a little more milk (around 1 tbsp more). The batter must not be too flowy either.
Now add half the almonds and mix well.
Grease a baking- form with some butter. Pour the mixture in it and tap gently so that it is evenly spread all the way. Finally top up with the remaining almonds.
Bake the cake by placing the baking- form in the middle of the oven on a baking mesh or baking oven-tray. Check after 25 min – insert a toothpick in the centre of the cake. The toothpick should come out clean.
If not, bake more. My cake took around 35 min to bake.
When done, take the cake out of the oven and let it cool down for another 10-15 min. Carefully take the cake out of the baking form and cut into pieces.
You are ready. Enjoy.