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Saturday, 21 April 2007

Ripe Bananas

Having bought some bananas a few weeks ago... they have been sitting on my fruit bowl slowly going black... Panic set in, I had to do something with it... So I made banana pancake for breakfast.... then I made a banana cake.....all recipes were based on Stephanie Alexander's The Cook's Companion.

Banana Pancake

250g plain flour
60g butter
a pinch of salt
1.5 cups of milk
3 eggs
2 (over) riped banana sliced


  • Put flour into a large bowl and make a well.
  • Warm butter, salt and milk until the butter melts.
  • Break the eggs into the well and work in some flour.
  • Add warm milk mixture and whisk until smooth.
  • Refrigerate for 1 ~ 2 hours before cooking.
  • The result should be a mixture like thin cream. If not, add more milk.
  • For cooking, wipe the pan with some butter/olive oil, what ever you prefer.

Moist Banana Cake

125g softened unsalted butter
1 cup of sugar
2 eggs
2 ~ 3 mashed ripe banana
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
250g plain flour
1 teaspoon of bicarbonate soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
A pinch of all spice
1/2 cup of milk or buttermilk


  • Preheat oven to 180C.
  • Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
  • Beat in eggs, banana and vanilla.
  • Sift dry ingredients and add to the mixture, alternating with the milk.
  • Spoon into cake tin and bake for 45 minutes or until cake tests clean.

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