Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Banana and hazelnut coffee cake

Banana and hazelnut coffee cake

Still on a fruit vibe – a lot less healthy, I know, but I can’t go too long without baking a cake. Can’t help it. And I bet you understand. :)

Bananas go ripe and freckled pretty fast in the hot days we’ve been enjoying here and that calls for a quick solution, like the one I found at the Waitrose website – btw, there are wonderful recipes there, I think you should take a look.

The yogurt in the batter helps create a moist cake with a nice tang and you can use sour cream instead, as in the original recipe.

Get ready to drive your neighbors insane with the smell coming out of your oven. :D

Banana and hazelnut coffee cake

Banana and hazelnut coffee cake

Topping:
90g plain flour
80g hazelnuts, finely chopped
120g light brown sugar
½ teaspoon salt
3 large ripe bananas
juice of 1 lemon
80g unsalted butter, melted

Cake:
280g self raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
250g plain yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
90g unsalted butter, melted
150g caster sugar
2 large eggs

Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF. Grease a 25cm square cake pan and line with baking parchment.
To make the topping, place the flour in a large bowl with the hazelnuts, sugar and salt. Pour over the melted butter, then mix with a round-bladed knife until it resembles rough crumbs. Chill until needed.
To make the cake, place all the ingredients in a large bowl and beat together until the mixture is smooth and thoroughly combined. Spoon into the pan and smooth with the back of a spoon.
Peel and slice the bananas, then toss with lemon juice in a bowl. Scatter the bananas evenly over the surface of the cake mixture, then sprinkle over the hazelnut topping.
Bake for 45-50 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then lift out. Serve warm or cold.
You can store it in an airtight container for 1-2 days.

Makes 16 squares

Banana and hazelnut coffee cake

36 comments:

apparentlyjessy said...

Bookmarked - to add to the long list of delicious recipes I need to try someday! Thank you!

Snooky doodle said...

I can smell it from here ! upd think its my imagination playing tricks on me but this cake looks so good !!

Emily said...

Banana and hazelnut is not a combination that I would have thought of. It's brilliant, though, don't you think?

Chris said...

It's amazing how just a little yogurt in the batter can produce that great tang you describe. I like to sneak as much caffeine in my foods as possible, so maybe some coffee in the topping or batter would be good, too.

LyB said...

I love cakes with a crumbled topping like that, they are perfect with a good cup of coffee! :) It sounds absolutely delicious.

Brilynn said...

I love the smell of bananas baking, this cake looks lovely!

culinography said...

Mmmm... I'm always on the lookout for ways to use up bananas. Definitely going to be adding this to the list. :)

The Food Librarian said...

Oh man, this looks fantastic! And nuts and bananas are way healthy! :)

KJ said...

Oh yes, I understand. I am the same. Thanks for another fantastic way to use up those bananas.

MeetaK said...

oh you temptress! bananas and cake makes me always go crazy!

ChichaJo said...

Save me a slice! My nose is leading me there! :) Yum!

Sarah said...

I think I can almost smell it through the computer screen! :) Yum.

Madam Chow said...

I would not have thought of this combo of flavors, but the more I look at your pictures, the more I want to try it!

Dragon said...

I love desserts with bananas. This looks amazing!

Carla said...

Wow, I haven't to your blog in forever. Yummy looking (and sounding) cake!

Katie said...

I think you combined two of my most favorite things. Bananas and Hazelnuts and the fact that its a coffee cake makes it even better. Man I wish I ate breakfast today.

avecgourmandise said...

It looks delicious! Makes me want to go make one for myself now.

Cakespy said...

What a tantalizing flavor combination! Looks absolutely delicious, the perfect breakfast cake!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Wow -- the deliciousness is jumping right off my screen! This would be so great for a brunch party.

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

I love a good coffee cake and this one looks great! Bananas and hazelnuts sound like a winning combination. Wish I had some right now!

Kevin said...

That coffeecake looks really good especially the crumb topping! :)

Ash said...

Great combo and pics! looks yummy!

Manggy said...

Ooh, yum... I love banana cake. I miss being in the tropics so :( You're definitely making me insane and I don't even live next door!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Why have I never thought to use bananas in a coffee cake? This looks amazingly moist and delicious!

Abby said...

Oh my GOSH that looks so good! The crumb to cake ratio is PERFECT. I can tell it's moist, too. YUM.

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Yum! That sounds and looks really appealing. Some of my favourite cakey flavours there, and I love the combination.

thecoffeesnob said...

I've never had banana and hazelnut in the same cake but this looks so good!

kioko said...

Gnam!! :)
I've added this blog in my bookmarks.. nice blog!

:* from Italy

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Patricia Scarpin said...

Hi, Jessy! Thank you for stopping by!

Natalie, you are so sweet, tks!

Emily, darling, I do! :D

Chris, that sounds great!

Lynne, I love streusel toppings, too!
Tks, sweetie!

Bri, bananas and apples smell wonderful while baking. :)

Michelle, this is a great way to use them!

Food Librarian, I like the way you think. :)

KJ, thank you, dear.

Meeta, I'm glad you like it!

Joey, I'll save you more than one, sweetie! :D

Sarah, thank you!!

Madam Chow, tks for stopping by!

Dragon, I love bananas in desserts and in baking, too!

Carla, I'm glad you stopped by!

Katie, I really liked them together, and it was a first.
Tks!

Avec Gourmandise, tks for visiting!

Cakespy, thank you so much!

Lydia, I agree. :D

Susan, dear, thank you! I wish I could share a slice with you.

Kevin, thank you!

Ash, thank you for stopping by!

Mark, my friend, I wish you lived nearby!

Lynn, thank you!

Abby, I'm so glad to hear that, tks!

A Fork..., I was surprised by how great bananas and hazelnuts were together!

Hi, darling! Tks!

Kioko, thank you for your comment!

mc said...

It looks really delicious!I like your recipes a lot. And your photos are wonderful!

Sophie said...

I can't go long without having cake either, this looks moist and delicious. That topping sounds incredible :)!

lisa (dandysugar) said...

Moist, delicious and perfect.

Deborah said...

I love anything with bananas, and that topping looks amazing!!

Peabody said...

Excellent, I have a large amount of bananas. This looks like a great way to use them up.

duodishes said...

This sounds like love! And it looks so great on the plate. How can you refuse a piece?

Tasty Table said...

This cake looks great! I will be sure to try it! Love the combo!

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