04 October 2010

Banana Cake

Banana Cake..
Bananas are a staple at my home. But invariably we are left with a couple that go over-ripe and no one's interested in. They sit on the counter, looking sadder by the minute. So what do we do with them?? Can't throw them away every time- they cost me MONEY!! 
 Here's what you can do with them...
- make a banana-yogurt/milk-cinnamon-chocolate/strawberry-smoothie.
- make banana bread (recipe sometime later...:))
- freeze them for use later in breads, cakes, etc..
- to freeze, peel and mash well with a fork. Spoon into an airtight box and freeze till further use. To use, take out of freezer a couple of hours before use and let thaw at room temperature. 
Here's what I do with them...a recipe for an easy cake... 
Ingredients:-
2   cups           flour,
1¼  cup           sugar,
100gms           butter, at room temperature,
03                  eggs,
1 tsp              baking powder (levelled tsp)
½ tsp             baking soda 
1 tsp              vanilla essence,
02                  ripe bananas, mashed
¼ cup             chocolate chips (optional)

Method:- 
Sieve the flour with baking powder and baking soda and keep aside.
Beat the butter and sugar together till sugar dissolved.
Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well each time.
Add the essence.
Now add the flour,a little at a time, mixing well.
Mix in the mashed bananas.
Pour into a greased and floured pan.
Sprinkle chocolate chips on top (optional).
Bake at 180°C for 45 minutes or when a toothpick inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  

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