banana and walnut cake

World’s best Banana and Walnut Cake – The best cake to make with over riped bananas in your fruit basket

This beautiful cake with delicious fruity twist is a classic treat that you would love to make again and again to share with all your friends and family.  The taste, scent of bananas and the crunchiness of walnuts is a real temptation!

While trying to make something similar to Starbuck’s banana and walnut cake, I ended up creating something far better and simply irressistable, much to my delight and utter surprise – and of my friends.  Adding golden syrup, milk and lemon juice on impulse didn’t disappoint me, as they all nicely blended into a fountain of flavours, highlighting the taste of bananas.

Over-riped bananas with black patches on the skin are the best for this cake, as they are high in flavour and moisture, which in turn gives a delicious scent and taste to this cake.  Also, do not forget to add brown sugar as it gives a beautiful broze browen colour to the cake

Let’s gather the necessary ingredients to make it:

 Over riped bananas  2 large
 Soft brown sugar  170 g
 Margerine or butter (melted)  150 g
 Self raising flour  225 g
 Eggs  2
 Fresh milk  2 tbsp
 Golden syrup  1 tbsp
 Salt  3 pinches
 Lemon juice  1 tsp
 Bicarbonate of soda  1 & 1/2 tsp
 Walnuts crushed (extra handful for sprinkling on the top)  60 g
Golden syrup  1 tbsp

Let’s make :

Set the Oven to 180 C

Cream it

  • Soften butter or margerine
  • Cream with sugar using an electric hand mixer
  • Add eggs one at a time beating after each addition
  • Beat for 2 mins until creamy
  • Add salt and bicarb to flour and sieve on to the batter
  • Add lemon juice and vanilla
  • Add golden syrup
  • Using a wooden spoon or spatula, mix all into a smooth batter
  • Add crushed walnuts and give a good mix with the spoon

Tray it

  • Rub butter inside walls of the tray
  • Sprinkle flour and shake until all sides are coated
  • Spoon the batter into a loaf tin
  • Sprinkle a handful of crushed walnuts on the top

Bake it

  • Place in the upper bottom shelf of the oven
  • Bake for 30 – 40 mins or when stabbed with a skewer, it should come clean
  • After 1/2 hr, if the top of the cake is browned but the middle is still soggy, cover the top with a foil paper or baking sheet and bake further more
  • After 40 mins stab a skewer into the middle and check if it comes clean
  • Take out of the oven
  • Let the cake rest in the tray itself for 10 mins
  • Take out and wrap with a foil paper and keep until it cools down completely (This will evenly distribute the warmth and make the cake moist)

Serve it

  • Take a long break knife and dip it in boiling water for 2 mins (This will prevent the cake from crumbling while cutting)
  • Take out and wipe out the water
  • Now cut the cake into dainty slices
  • Serve with a hot cup of coffee or tea
  • Enjoy!

Lemon Drizzle Cake – Delicious lemony cake topped with lemony icing

Lemon Drizzle cake

This heart warming, moist and crunchy on the top Classic Lemon Drizzle cake is a real winner!

Experience the joy of pouring lemon syrup on the cake and watch how it dances a little while on the top and slowly sink beneath the spongy layers.  But the best part is drizzling the lemony icing on the top, making pretty waves.  If you fancy a bit more tangy flavour, do not hesitate to add an extra spoon full of lemon juice instead of 2.

Do not wait any longer to try this out as the whole process takes less than one hour.

Let’s start now.

You will need the following ingredients:

 Self raising flour  175 g
 sugar – white  175 g
 Butter / spread  175 g
 Eggs – large  2
 Salt  2 pinches
 Lemon juice  2 tbsp
 Lemon zest  1/2 tbsp
 Milk  3 tbsp
 Baking powder  1/2 tsp

Let’s make :

  • Set the oven to 160 C.

Oven temp conversion :

http://happyrecipes.co.uk/oven-temperature-conversion/

Cream it

  • Cream butter and sugar using an electric mixer
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each adding

Flour it

  • Mix flour, salt and baking powder together and swift onto the batter using a sieve
  • Add lemon zest, lemon juice and milk
  • Mix all with a wooden spoon until everything combines into a smooth batter
  • Line up a loaf tray and pour the batter in

Bake it

  • Bake for 30 mins or until a skiver comes out clean
  • Take the cake out of the oven and leave to rest for 5 mins in the tray
  • Stab all over the cake with a skiver
  • Take out and place on a wire rack

lemon drizzle

Syrup it

Lemon syrup

  • Mix 3 tbsp of lemon juice with 3 tbsp of granulated sugar.
  • Heat up only until the syrup gets warm. (do not boil)
  • Pour over the cake while the cake is still warm.
  • Leave to cool.

Ice it

Lemon Icing

  • Simply mix 4 tbsp of icing sugar with 3 tbsp of lemon juice.
  • Now pour over the cake.
  • Let it drizzle from sides.
  • Your cake is ready to serve.

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