Saturday, October 11, 2014

Banana, ginger and honey cake

Banana, ginger and honey cake / Bolo de banana, gengibre e mel

As much as I love banana cakes, sometimes months go by without me baking any – my husband and I are crazy for the fruit and end up eating all the bananas before they go brown and I get a chance to do anything with them.

No one has muscle cramps here, I can assure you. :D

Last week I bought a huge bunch of bananas, and even though we ate a lot of them there were still two by the end of the week, very freckled and turning brownish, perfect for baking. A banana cake from Rachel Allen’s latest cookbook was the perfect way to use those wonderful bananas, but I’ve adapted it a little to use honey instead of golden syrup (explanation here).

The cake is delicious fresh out of the oven, so tender, but I have got to tell you that toasting the slices and slathering them with butter is something almost mandatory. :)

Banana, ginger and honey cake
slightly adapted from the delicious All Things Sweet

110g unsalted butter, softened
½ cup (44g) light brown sugar, packed
100g honey
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
100g all purpose flour
50g whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground ginger
pinch of salt
2 medium ripe bananas, mashed

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Lightly butter a 5 ½ cup-capacity loaf pan, line it with baking paper and lightly butter the paper as well.
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream butter until soft. Beat in the sugar and honey, then beat until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time (mixture might look curdled, carry on anyway). Beat in the vanilla. Sift flours, baking powder, ginger and salt over mixture and fold to combine. Fold in the bananas, mixing until incorporated. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for about 45 minutes or until risen and golden and a skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
Cool in the pan over a wire rack for 25 minutes, then carefully unmold and transfer to the rack to cool completely. Peel off the paper and serve.

Serves 8


Pam Greer said...

I used to have to buy big bunches too in order to have some left to ripen!

Katie said...

That looks delicious. Very soft and tender.

CakeSpy said...

This looks like a wonderful breakfast cake to me!!

Anonymous said...

Looks delicious. When you say ground ginger, is it powdered ginger or fresh ginger? Thanks.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Hey, anonymous, powdered ginger.

Anonymous said...

Thanks! Would fresh ginger work? If yes, what quantity?

Patricia Scarpin said...

I believe it would, maybe 1/2 tablespoon? Not sure, though.

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot. Will definitely try.

Anonymous said...

If I use golden syrup, is the measurement still 100g? Thanks Patricia.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Hi, Anonymous, yes, 100g.

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