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I hate waste. It’s poor economy and irresponsible consumerism!!! You can read my tips for reducing kitchen waste here.
Now I’ve got that off my chest, there are many solutions for using up over ripe bananas other than discarding them.
Firstly, there’s no panic. Bananas that get too soft to enjoy straight from the skin can be frozen, for up to 3 months. Bananas straight from the freezer can be turned into ice cream in just 30 seconds or used in a fruit smoothie. Thawed frozen bananas can be used in muffins, puddings and cakes just as you would fresh banana.
I have had many favourite banana cake recipes in my cooking life, here’s my recurrent number one.
Baked in a large loaf tin, this cake cuts cleanly, keeps fresh and moist in an airtight container and is so delicious it requires no adornment other than a sprinkle of icing sugar.
My recipe is loosely based on the Cordon Rose Banana Cake, from Rose Levy Beranbaum’s “The Cake Bible.”
Lunchbox Banana Bread
150 g butter, softened
¾ cup castor sugar
2 large eggs
3 small (1 cup) mashed ripe bananas (mine had been frozen)
2 heaped tablespoons of natural yoghurt
Zest of 1 Lemon
1 teaspoon Vanilla essence
200g plain flour ( I used spelt)
1 ½ teaspoons Bicarbonate of soda
½ teaspoon cream of tartar
Grease a large loaf tin 30cm X 7cm X7cm and line with baking paper. Preheat the oven to 160C
Mash the bananas using a fork, whisk in the yoghurt, eggs, vanilla and lemon zest.
Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Sift the flour with the soda and cream of tartar.
Stir half the flour into the batter, the banana mixture then the remaining flour. Beat well to ensure the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
Tip the mixture into the prepared tin. Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out cleanly.
Rest the hot cake for 5 minutes in the tin before tipping onto a wire rack to cool.
Dust with icing sugar.
Lunchbox Banana Bread keep for 5 days in an airtight container.
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I’m not a frosting lover either, the whole cupcake thing goes over my head! This is a cake eater’s cake, dense, moist and loaded with flavour. It needs absolutely no embellishment. Glad you like the logo😀
PS, I like your new logo. Very cute.
I dont really like the frosting on banana cake / bread so if this recipe is as good as it looks, I’ll be happly to add to my banana repertoire. (There’s always at least one frozen banana in my freezer.)
your banana bread looks really beautiful and fluffy, and I love your tips for using ripe bananas in many baked goods and smoothies, you’re right, we shouldn’t waste anything in the kitchen 🙂
Mmm yum! Are you still making your own yoghurt?
Yes I am, with great success. The tub in the photo is a prop! 😃 I tried rice milk yoghurt, it was a flop!
It is a happy day indeed when you must use an expensive Jalna tub as a prop and not a staple on your grocery list. Ah, rice milk. Oh well, nothing ventured nothing gained!