There are millions of bananas growing in Tenerife…Im using 5. I’ve never thrown away a banana… if it´s over ripe, I peel it, chop it into big chunks and put it in the freezer. It mostly gets used as a base for cold smoothies after a morning run, but this weekend I need cake! I have teamed this up with a great big dollop of cream cheese frosting, but its great on its own without the extra sugary calories!
Fresh bananas grown here are small, juicy and have a citrusy tang. If you get the chance, buy them from the farmers markets, there´s one in every region on the island and they really do have excellent locally grown produce.
This recipe was made in a 22 x 8 cm loaf tin and gives you 10 generous servings.
It also freezes really well.
YOU WILL NEED
- 5 bananas – small to medium
- 200 g self raising flour sifted
- 100 g brown sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 85 g butter – melted
- 2 eggs
- 50 g dried prunes chopped
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 4 tsp sweet sherry (optional, you can use milk)
FOR THE FROSTING
- 200 g cream cheese
- 50 g butter (softened)
- 100 g sifted icing sugar
5 minutes to make – 45 minutes to bake
TO MAKE CAKE
Preheat the oven to 180c while you make the mixture.
- Beat 2 eggs in a small bowl. Get a large mixing bowl and peel the bananas (if you are using frozen bananas make sure they are defrosted properly) and mush thoroughly with a fork. Add the chopped prunes. In the same bowl add all the other ingredients, sifted flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, melted butter (you can do this for 15 seconds in a microwave) and finally add the beaten eggs and sherry (or milk).
- You don´t need an electric mixer, you can do this by hand if you prefer, but mix everything together well, then do an extra mix with a bit of elbow grease to get a bit of air into the mixture as long as everything is mixed very well.
- Line a baking tin with grease-proof paper and pour in the mixture. Put into the oven for 45 minutes. Check the cake at 40 minutes with a metal skewer (or knife) to see if the cake is ready. (if it comes out clean, cake is ready!)
- Take out of oven and remove cake from the tin (which will be really easy if you lined it first and allow to cool before putting the frosting on.
TO MAKE FROSTING
1. In a medium size bowl beat the butter until it has a smooth consistency, then add the sifted icing sugar and mix well, finally add the cream cheese and mix until you have a frosting.
2. Put the frosting in the fridge for 15 minutes to harden slightly, it´s easier to work with, then dollop on top!
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