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2/02/16

The best banana cake you'll ever make

Just coz I made it over the weekend and this actually tastes good! Not as moist and light like the commercial ones but more on the buttery side, which I like of course haha.

My bananas sank down the dough though just coz I didn't follow the instructions. Oh well, the ingredients were simple.

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When you go to the effort of baking a cake, especially if you're not a regular baker, it’s only natural to want to start with the best recipe out there. When it comes to banana cake I think my Best-Ever Banana Cake is it!
It is a recipe I have perfected over time, and used over and over again – and one that I always get great feedback about (just check out the comments at the bottom of the recipe!) Even people who don’t normally like banana cake seem to love it.  
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One of the tricks for perfect banana cake is to use really ripe bananas – the sugar content increases as they ripen, making them sweeter, and of course they are softer and easier to mash so they break down more easily in the cake batter.
Bananas are one fruit you never need to throw out – even when they are deeply speckled and soft they are great for cakes and muffins, and if you can’t deal with them at the time they freeze fabulously – just throw them in the freezer in their skins. They’ll go a bit black as they freeze, but when you’re ready to use them you can just thaw them, then peel and mash them as usual. You’ll never throw another overripe banana away again!
As with most baking you will want to start with all of your ingredients laid out – and at room temperature. The reason recipes call for butter to be at room temperature is so the sugar can cut through it and aerate it so that it becomes fluffy – which you won’t achieve with either cold or melted butter.
The baking soda in the recipe makes sure your banana cake comes out nice and light, and also breaks down the banana fully (as it does for carrot, pumpkin or zucchini mixtures). But be sure to dissolve it in the hot milk first so it’s evenly distributed – there’s nothing worse than a mouthful of baking soda in your cake!
Do be gentle when you fold in the flour; after getting all of that lovely air in there when you creamed the butter and sugar, you don’t want to beat it back out.
Finally, you can make this cake as one 23cm-diameter cake, four 10cm-diameter cakes (recycled 425g tuna cans are perfect – just make sure they don't have a plastic coating inside), or 12 little cupcakes. Topped with a light lemon icing the cupcakes make the perfect afternoon teatime treat, and even better you can freeze them iced!
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Best-Ever Banana Cake
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 1 hour (less for smaller cakes)
Makes: 1 large cake, 4 small cakes or 12 muffin-sized cakes
  • 250g butter, at room temperature
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 very ripe bananas, peeled and mashed (about 2 cups)
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup hot milk
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
Lemon Icing:
  • 50g butter, at room temperature
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 cups icing sugar
Preheat oven to 170°C. Line a medium (23cm-diameter) cake tin with baking paper or prepare four 10cm-diameter tins (recycled 425g tuna cans are perfect – just make sure they don't have a plastic coating inside) or 12 muffin tins.
Beat butter and sugar until creamy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then vanilla and bananas.
Dissolve baking soda in hot milk, add to mixture and stir to combine.
Sift in flour and baking powder and fold gently into mixture using a big spoon and a large scooping action to keep the mixture light. Do not over mix. 
Spoon mixture into prepared tin(s) and smooth top(s). Bake until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean and the top is springy to the touch. One large cake will take 50-60 minutes, allow 45-55 minutes for medium cakes and about 20 minutes for muffin-sized cakes. Allow to cool in tin(s) and then turn out. Ice when cool. Store in a sealed container in a cool place for 2-3 days or freeze.
Lemon Icing:
Beat together butter, lemon juice, icing sugar and ½ tbsp hot water until creamy. Spread over cake. 

Salmon & Coriander Fish Cakes

Mmmmm...

I wana try this next!

Salmon & Coriander Fish Cakes



Ingredients

  • 250 g salmon fillets, cooked, cooled and flaked
  • 250 g potato, peeled, cooked and grated
  • spring onions, choppes
  • 1/2 cup coriander, chopped
  • tsp grated ginger
  • red chilli, chopped finely
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup Homebrand flour
  • cup dried bread crumbs or panko crumbs
  • tsp sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup natural yoghurt
  • 1/4 cup chopped coriander
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • tbsp oil, for cooking
  • egg plus 1 Tbsp water
  • zest of half a lemon
Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 10 minutes
Serves 18

Method

In a large bowl add the flaked cooked salmon, grated potato, spring onions, ½ cup of coriander, lemon zest, ginger, chilli, salt and pepper. Combine well.
With wet hands, form the mixture into small balls, flattening slightly with the palm of your hand.
Whisk the egg with the water.
Combine the breadcrumbs and sesame seeds.
Roll the fish cakes into the flour, then dip in the egg and water mixture, then finally into the bread crumb and sesame seed mixture. Cover the formed and coated fish cakes and place in the fridge until you’re ready to cook.
Heat the oil in a medium sized frying pan. Cook in batches for 3-4 minutes on each side. Alternatively, cook on the BBQ for 3-4 minutes each side.
To make the dipping sauce, combine yoghurt, juice of ½ a lemon and ¼ cup coriander, stir to combine, adding salt and pepper to taste.
Serve hot with dipping sauce.
Tip: These could also be made larger and served with a salad as a light meal.

18/01/16

Chia date cookies

With oats~!

First time ever, I've baked without butter, sugar, flour and eggs........


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They do taste a little on the drier end just coz I didn't have peanut butter paste but they are great energy source. Really felt weird without those ingredients at the top.

Oh and I wanted to use up the 'food' again in the kitchen. Enjoy!




Courtesy from Ceres's interesting 3 ingredient recipe for Banana cake cookies



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