Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Banana Cake with Walnut, Dates, and Cinnamon.

After the third attempt.  I convinced that this recipe is the best one to share with you. It all started with a boring day at the library. I scan editions of Saveurs to look for a carrot cake recipe, I have to admit that what I miss the most about US is the food. Cream cheese is not available in all groceries and the cakes and donuts aren't as much accessible as the brioche and the viennoise. I dreamt about eating a soft tender carrot cake complete with the creamy icing. This appetite has been haunting me until I melt for a series of cake recipes, and at that moment I can't help not to fall. Hear this: Banana Cake with Walnut and Dates. 

Compared to the banana bread I made a long time ago,  this one is far more tender. The ingredients are so rich that every bite is a surprise.  Enjoyable with a glass of cold milk, this cake is perfect for a breakfast, an afternoon snack, or even for a picnic. 

So here goes the recipe..
150g of soft butter
150g of sugar
4 eggs
200g flour
15g (or 1 sachet) of raising powder
3 bananas
1 tsp of cinnamon powder
1/2 cups of dates
1/2 cups of walnut
1/2 cups of chocolate chips <- optional

Crushed the bananas with a fork, cut the walnuts into pieces, and do the same with the dates. Make sure the seeds are taken out.  Beat the eggs, add the sugar, and beat for one minutes. While keep beating, add consecutively the butter, the flour, the raising powder, and the cinnamon.  Finally, add the crushed banana and the rest of the ingredients. Bake for 45-50 minutes in a preheated oven of 180 Celsius degree or until the edge turns golden.  I don't have an oven, so a bread making machine works as well, in that case, I'd let it bake for 1 hour.

Have fun baking your cake!

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Version français: Cake à la Banane aux Dattes et aux Noix

150g de beurre bien ramolli
150g de sucre
4 oeufs
200g de farine de blé
15g (ou 1 sachet) de levure chimique
3 bananes
1 cuillère à café de poudre de cannelle
1/2 tasse de dattes
1/2 tasse de noix
1/2 tasse de pépites de chocolat<- facultatif

Ecrasez les bananes épluchés, coupez les dattes en morceau, concassez grossièrement le noix. Battez les oeufs en omelette, ajoutez les sucre en fouettant pendant 1 minutes.  Ajoutez consecutivement du beurre, de la farine, le levure, la cannelle en fouettant.  Enfin, ajoutez les bananes et les restes d'ingrédients.  versez dans le moule et faites cuire dans le four prechauffé 180 degrés celcius en 45-50 minutes ou jusqu'il est dorée.  Je n'ai pas le four, donc J'utilise la machine à pain, dans ce cas là je le laisse cuire pour 1 heure.


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