Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Banana almond cake

Banana almond cake

I can’t believe I finally made this cake! The recipe had been in my kitchen forever. I was about to rename it “Fight Club cake”- I have tried to watch that movie hundreds of times but never got around to do it. I’ve rented it over and over again, but for a number of reasons I always had to take it back before getting to the end. I’ve tried watching it on cable, too, with no success. And the funny thing is that I absolutely love the director – one of the few guys that can make Brad Pitt play someone else other than himself – and Edward Norton is one of my true favorites. What’s wrong with me?? :)

It’s a pity that the cake is long gone. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll try watching “Fight Club” again. For the 8th time. :)

Banana almond cake

Banana almond cake

65g unsalted butter, room temperature
60g sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 ½ tablespoons heavy cream
1 tablespoon rum
100g almond meal
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 tablespoon (packed) corn flour
2-3 large bananas
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Syrup:
juice of ½ lemon
1 tablespoon rum
½ tablespoons honey

confectioners’ sugar, to serve

Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF.
Butter a 10x23cm* loaf pan and flour the insides, tapping out the excess.

Sift the almond meal and flour together three times. Set aside.

With an electric mixer, beat butter until light and fluffy. Add sugar and beat well. Add the eggs, gradually. Add the cream and rum. Beat to incorporate.
Fold in the sifted ingredients with a rubber spatula. Pour into prepared pan.
Peel and cut the bananas into 3-4 pieces each; “stick” them into the cake batter, keeping the pieces standing – there should be half an inch of banana out of the cake batter, or so.
Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the cake comes out clean.
Mix well all the ingredients for the syrup.
Leave to cool in the pan for 10 minutes; unmold and drizzle with the syrup.
Dust with confectioners’ sugar when serving.

* I used a 10x26cm pan

Serves 6

Banana almond cake

25 comments:

Vanille said...

I like your banana almond cake ! looks moist. I want a piece !

lululu said...

i love "fight club" too!!!! not until i watched this movie, i didn't like brad pitt at all.

your little cake looks delicious.

mommasara said...

hi
I am a product of American public school, and can't convert measurements to save my life!
how many tablespoons butter? cups of sugar?
please help! your cake looks awesome and we would really enjoy baking it.

Y said...

So, did you manage to watch the movie? It's one of my favs, as is banana cake!

Manggy said...

Ah, I thought you called it fight club cake because the batter split! ;) (uh, spoiler alert, heh heh) The cake looks so lovely and delicate! I love me some bananas too :)

Peabody said...

That looks super moist.

ChichaJo said...

The cake looks incredibly moist...I'll be over there in 5 minutes! Heeheehee ;)

I had to laugh because just this weekend my brother was talking about the Fight Club and I told him I haven't watched it, so it was this whole round of, "You haven't watched the Fight Club???!!!" Soon!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

The texture of that cake is fabulous. It looks so moist and dense, just the way I love it.

Megan said...

oh my, you truly must watch fight club-it is such a great movie! definitely my all time favorite.

and as for this cake, it looks so moist and delicious-those bananas on top just make it perfect!

Ayat said...

This looks amazing and I'd really like to try it, but can you suggest a non-alcoholic substitute for the rum? Thanks!

Antonio Tahhan said...

wow-wow!! this cake does look super moist!!

ovenhaven said...

The banana cake looks very moist! And I really hope that you get to watch Fight Club this time round; it's one of my favourite movies :P

nicisme said...

I like all those ingredients, the cake looks really special.

Katie said...

This looks fantastic and I can't wait to try to make it.

Marysol said...

Looks so good, Patricia. Every single picture shamelessly reveals its delicious moistness. And the added Rum is bound to bring Joooy to the World! [G]

Sarah said...

I have so many recipes like this! I'm glad you finally made this one because it looks scrumptious.
And don't tell my hubby that you can't get through Fight Club--it's his favorite movie!! :)

Terry B said...

You know me and baking, Patricia [although I did just make some hazelnut rosemary jam cookies for the holidays]. But with rum in the cake and the syrup, I just may have to try this!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Vanille, thank you, darling!

Lu, now I love the movie, too! :D

Sara, these are the measures I usually use: 1 cup sugar = 200g, 1 cup flour = 140g, 1 tablespoon butter = 14g. Hope it helps!

Y, I did and loved it! :)

Mark, hahaha, you crack me up. And I adore baking with bananas.

Pea, it was! :D

Joey, I saw it, now it's your turn. :)
And you can come over whenever you feel like it, darling!
xoxo

Susan, very dense and moist, indeed. I love baking with almond meal.

Megan, I loved it!

Ayat, I don't know... Maybe lemon or orange juice?

Tony, thank you!

Hi, sweetie! I did watch it! Yay! :D

Nic, thank you.

Katie, I hope you try it, sweetie!

Marysol, booze is always the key, :D

Sarah, tell the hubby it's one of m favorites now, too! :D

Terry, I have to see those cookies of yours!

jen said...

I came across your post by looking for a recipe for white chocolate cranberry truffles and was impressed by your blog. Every picture you have taken gives wonderful credit to your creations. I'll have to stop by some more for more great ideas. Thankyou for the blog and recipes!

jen said...

ps-I've been reading through your blog and saw that last year you made a buche de noel and wanted to make it jelly roll style. I actually have a recipe I found from martha stewart that is exactly that. she even goes so far as to make it look like a tree log with chocolate bark pieces with accents of marzipan-fig acorns and thin cookie leaves. it's amazing. if you're interested let me know.

jen said...

sorry. i swear i'm not a stalker. just have nothing else to do right now. here it is:
http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/walnut-orange-buche-de-noel?autonomy_kw=buche%20de%20noel&rsc=header_2

Valentina said...

Pat, i have already told you how much i love your cake. it is schduled and i will do it on my hols.

Deborah said...

Now THIS is a wonderful way to use bananas!

Sujan Patricia said...

It does look wonderful for kids of all ages. Thanks for sharing with Banana almond cake. I know my grandson will love eating this.

Bob Freight said...

Almond cake and then with a few dollops of vanilla ice cream and I am in heaven!!!

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