I was in a baking mood so decided to bake a Banana Cake. I love banana bread but have never actually made it myself. So I finally did it and was extremely happy with the results.
- 3 very ripe bananas
- 63ml vegetable oil
- 58g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
- 168g caster sugar
- 2 free-range eggs
- 225g plain flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 225g/8oz raisins (optional Did not add to my cake)
- 225g/8oz pecans (optional Did not add to my cake)
- Pre-heat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. Grease and line one medium loaf tin.
- Mash the bananas and vegetable oil together in a bowl and set aside.
- In a separate mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the mashed banana mixture until well combined.
- Mix the flour, baking powder, ground spices and salt together in another bowl and lightly fold into the banana mixture. Add the raisins and pecans and fold together lightly.
- Spoon the cake mixture into the loaf tins and bake in the oven for an hour, or until risen and golden-brown. Check after one hour and reduce the oven temperature slightly if the loaves are browning too quickly on the top, or cover the loaves loosely with aluminium foil.
- Leave the banana bread to cool in the tins, then turn out and serve in thick slices.