Tuesday 21 February 2012

Banana, Blueberry and Almond Cake

From Hungry, Guy Mirabella, Pan Macmillan Australia, 2011.

When you have one slightly overripe banana, what do you do? I inevitably think of banana smoothie or banana cake, with a strong leaning towards cake. A hunt through Hungry soon found this recipe which sounded pretty good—while the photograph of the cake did the final convincing.

It was the usual cake mix procedure: cream butter and sugar, then add the eggs one at a time. After this the banana was added together with port and vanilla. Finally came the flour with bicarb. soda and olive oil. The oil was, for me, an unexpected ingredient.

The topping was made by mixing together blueberries, flaked almonds and brown sugar. This was sprinkled over the cake mixture when it was placed in a cake tin. It was then baked.

This turned out to be a moist flavoursome cake. The almonds added a crunch and the blueberries were little juicy morsels. Worth making again.

Taste: ✔✔✔✔ 
Ease of cooking: ✔✔✔✔

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