Friday, May 28, 2010

Super moist banana & almond cake

I was looking for a recipe to use up my ripened banana's, and ground almonds, and came across this. It looked simple enough, and i had the correct pan, so one fine Sunday morning i attempted to bake it. I didnt have any almonds so didnt top the cake with this, but i can imagine what a great crunch it would add.

The result: one very nutty and banana tasting cake :P

Looking back though, i should of maybe dusted some icing sugar on top to make it abit more pretty, and served it with a dollop of cream or something as it was slightly dry on its own (much like a plain cake, needing some icing/frosting of some sort?)

here's the recipe :O)


230g almond meal
2 eggs
50g brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
250g overripe bananas, peeled (approx 3 medium-sized fruit)
Juice 1/2 lemon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup sliced almonds
Icing sugar,
to serve Natural yoghurt or creme fraiche, to serve 1.

Preheat the oven to 150 degrees C.

Grease a 22cm fluted tart tin with removable base.

Take a large square of baking paper and moisten (give the whole thing a quick dip in some water, then carefully wring it out), then use it to line the tart tin (base and sides).

Beat eggs and sugar for 10 mins or until pale and fluffy, then stir through the ground almonds and baking powder.

Use a fork to mash the bananas, then stir in the lemon juice and vanilla.

Pour this into the almond mixture then stir to just combine.

Pour into tin and sprinkle over sliced almonds to cover the surface.

Bake 45 mins to an hour or until golden brown and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and leave in tin on a wire rack till completely cooled.

Just before serving, dust lightly with icing sugar and serve with creme fraiche (if you want to be naughty) or natural yoghurt (if you want to be good)



Maria said...

Can you move closer please so I can test taste all these lovely cakes?? :D

Betty @ The Hungry Girl said...

This looks lovely! I always the combination of banana and almonds! I'm definitely going to give this a try! :D

Mark @ Cafe Campana said...

Great looking gluten free recipe.

Fig and Cherry said...

Yummo! I have some very ripe bananas in my fruit bowl right now that could be destined for this!

Anonymous said...

nutty and banana goes best tgt!
cant totally imagine how awesome it is!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Very nice Betty! It sounds like it would be very nice and moist and almost gluten free too! :)

mademoiselle délicieuse said...

Maybe a white choc sauce would make things less dry??

Hannah said...

The best banana breads are definitely super-moist, and this one certainly falls into that category. Looks delicious!

missklicious said...

Ahh, you always make the most tasty looking things!

Dolly said...

hey betty

nice meeting u yesterday

this looks yummii

hope u have a lovely day


Anonymous said...

Your banana looks good. I haven't tried adding almond meal to it. Must try soon :)

Amber said...

Looks delicious! Always looking for good gluten free recipes for my co-workers and have bookmarked this one for later :)

A Canadian Foodie said...

Banana and almond? Why didn't I think of that. I am crazy over marzipan and any kind of almond sweet or treat. I love the chewiness and, of course, the nutritive value. :) And, banana bread is an old favourite. Together, it must be a real treat. I am definitely motivated to try, and have copied your recipe.

tasteofbeirut said...

This is so interesting! I have never seen banana combined with almond meal before; bet it tasted delicious and moist too!

citronetvanille said...

Banana and almond seems like a perfect match and that slice of cake is gorgeous, crumbly, I can just smell the almond...

Sarah @ For the Love of Food said...

This looks too delicious to make it to the freezer but do you know how well it freezes/defrosts? I'm always making banana cakes/muffins of one kind or another and I like to freeze them for snacks for my little one (OK for me too :))

linda said...

I'm surprised it's slightly dry, cause it looks really nice and moist in your photos. Love banana cake recipes for ripened bananas. I think my problem is that I tend to let the banana ripe to the extent of rotting lol, so have to throw them away.