Banana and Coconut Fruit Cake

This is my definition of fruit cake so you won’t find any raisins or sultanas: I don’t like them! Fruit cakes were always an issue for me, would be rude to refuse when offered but I just couldn’t eat them….until I came across this one: it had sultanas when I first tried it but the cake itself was so moist!

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Ingredients:

  • 300g plain flour
  • 40g desiccated coconut
  • 125g light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground vanilla
  • 150g soft butter
  • 150g mixed dried fruit: I used dried cherries, chopped, blueberries and cranberries
  • 1 large, very ripe, banana, chopped
  • 50ml honey
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate soda
  • 150ml milk
  • 50ml cream (if available, otherwise milk)
  • 1 tsp extract of vanilla
  • 2 tbsp malt vinegar

Preparation:

  • Preheat oven to 180°C/160°fan/ Gas 4 and prepare a 20cm/ 8″ round cake tin
  • In a large bowl, mix the flour, coconut, sugar and vanilla
  • Rub in the butter until it resembles breadcrumbs
  • Stir in the fruits till well blended and add the honey
  • Place the bicarbonate of soda in a jug and mix with 2 tbsp of the milk. Stir in the rest of the milk and cream. Add extract
  • Add in the vinegar and stir just once. It will froth up. Pour quickly onto the dry mix and mix with a wooden spoon
  • Stir until it looks blended to a medium-stiff consistency: add either a little milk or coconut if not
  • Spoon into the tin and bake for about 55mn: well risen, golden and inserted skewer comes out clean
  • Leave in the tin to go cold

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Note:

It is best done a day in advance and it will keep for up to a week, if it lasts that long….

 

Banana Cake

This is a “time honoured”, handed down recipe which was given to me by my late Mother-in-law, my very first banana cake! And it never fails!

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I will post it as it was written down for me, but I will put in brackets my tiny alterations… You might wonder why separate the eggs and whip the whites, I’ve never dared to do otherwise, that’s why!

Ingredients:

  • 4oz / 115g butter, softened
  • 4oz / 115g caster sugar { 75g light brown sugar}
  • 2 eggs, separated and whites whipped stiff
  • 3 small ripe bananas, mashed {2 medium}
  • 1/3 cup / 80ml milk
  • 1tsp bicarbonate soda
  • 8oz / 225g self raising flour, sifted

Preparation:

  • Preheat oven to 180°C/ 160°fan/ Gas 4 and grease or line a loaf tin
  • Cream the butter and sugar together
  • Beat in eggs, one at a time, 1 yolk, ½ the whites etc…
  • Add bananas and mix well
  • In another smaller bowl, dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in the milk
  • Add to the mixture, alternatively with and starting / finishing with the flour
  • Pour into the prepared tin
  • Bake in the centre of the oven for 40 to 50mn until a skewer comes out clean
  • Turn onto a wire rack to cool
  • Sprinkle with icing sugar

 

Thank you Diana,   RIP       img064