Banana & Plum Cake

I’ve been watching The Great British Bake Off again this year & it’s bitten me with the baking bug…

I looked around my kitchen & wondered what I could make when I spotted the bunch of bananas hanging there. When I was growing up, I spent a lot of time at my Nan & Grandad’s house & my Nan used to make banana cake all the time! It’s the most yummiest, scrummiest banana cake I’ve ever tasted, hands down. (Even compared to coffee shop or bakery ones that I’ve tasted over the years) I must steal the recipe at some point (as well as her scone recipe, yum!).

Anyway, long story short, I decided to make banana cake, but since there were some plums that had reached their peak & started to go beyond (& mostly because of my Fiance’s peer pressure 😉 ) I boiled them until soft & chucked them in too.

Below is the recipe & some pictures of the process:

IMG_0693Ingredients:

  • 3 x Bananas
  • 4 x Plums (I’d add more next time as you could only just get a hint of them)
  • 170g Caster Sugar
  • 100g Margarine
  • 270g Self Raising Flour (Normally 225g for just bananas but I added extra to compensate for the plums)
  • 2 (large) x Eggs
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 1.5 Tsp Cinnamon

IMG_0695Step One: Line / grease your cake tin & pre-heat your oven to approx 180*C

Pop your butter & sugar into a bowl & mix until smooth (you might want to sieve your sugar, I was feeling devilish & didn’t sieve mine & to be honest, it doesn’t make a difference!)

Step Two: Add the flour & mashed bananas into the bowl with the butter & sugar & mix well.

IMG_0699Step Three: Add the boiled & drained plums, eggs, vanilla extract & cinnamon to the gloop & mix…

IMG_0707Step Four: When thoroughly mixed together, pour / spoon mixture into your baking tin / ovenable mixture holder & pop into the oven for around 45 mins to an hour (depending on how moist you want it).

IMG_0709Step Five: When happy with the bake (I do the good old ‘stab & see’ trick to check the inside is cooked), remove from oven & leave to sit until slightly cool & then carefully remove from the tin & place on a cooling rack to cool completely (or until most of the heat has gone, warm banana bread is just amazing!)

Step Six: Slice that bad boy open & enjoy! – Ours didn’t last the day, it got a thumbs up from my little family & I hope it will from you too! 🙂

So there we have it, my banana & plum cake…

If you do try this recipe please let me know how it turns out for you & don’t hesitate to let me know what changes you made / think I should make next time. If you do happen to try it out, I’d love to see pictures of how scrummy yours looked – so add them into the comments / tweet / facebook / instagram me.

Ciao for now, Kate, x

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