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Old Banana news, old Banana Cake Recipe

Cheers to Jay for the entertaining report about iTouches at a local restaurant used by waitstaff that confuse the patrons into making managerial complaints about their waitron units text messaging while orders are placed – Jeers to AOL-owned SlashFood for reporting that the Tropical Race Four virus is wiping out Cavendish bananas three years after the fact. We know how hard it is to sift through food news to say something interesting and in a strange attempt to relate a weekly recipe to the week’s news, how about the old answer to, “what do I do with old bananas?” According to the Joy of Cooking first published in 1931, “do this if you like a banana flavor.” Make Banana Cake! EDIT – Originally posted 01\08\2011 so math above is off.

Old Banana news, old Banana Cake Recipe

In a recent attempt to update the love it or leave it fruit, the banana, Chiquita Banana had "a contest to design stickers":http://www.eatachiquita.com/blog/post/2010/07/01/Chiquita-Banana-Sticker-Design-Contest for the peels – One winner was Taylor whose drawing seems to suggest that bananas present a choking hazard. Congrats kid.

JOC Banana Cake pp 630
2 ¼ Cups Cake Flour
1 ½ Cups Sugar (light brown used)
2 Eggs
1 Cup Sliced bananas (about 1 1/3 bananas)
½ Cup (Stick) Softened Butter (Unsalted)
¼ Cup Yogurt or Buttermilk
¾ teaspoon Baking Soda
½ teaspoon Salt (Sea Salt used for texture)
½ teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

  • The batter will go in two 9-inch pie pans and cook for about 30 minutes in a pre-heated 350-degree oven.
  • Metal vs. Glass Baking Pans examines differences between metal and glass Baking Pans using this recipe.

Except for the Flour, just toss all the dry measures with the Sugar. Whip the Butter first of all so it’s smooth and creamy. Then add the Sugar with the Baking Soda, Baking Powder and Salt. Between each ingredient, it’s wise to scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl. One by one, add an egg by first breaking it into a small bowl to check for pieces of shell. With the eggs, the grainy sugar and butter mix will get shiny and slippery. Shortly, when the batter firms up and the Eggs are incorporated, scrape down the bowl again and then add the Flour slowly. The batter will thicken dramatically. Once it’s again even, scrape down and add the Yogurt, Vanilla Extract and, finally, the Banana Slices. Mix until smooth.

Old Banana news, old Banana Cake Recipe

Use the general mixing attachment that ships with the cheaper stand mixer. You may be tempted to whisk the butter and sugar with the whisk attachment but you'll soon be sorry. This batter is quite thick at times. It softens with the addition of Yoghurt and Vanilla Extract and eggs and firms with Flour and Banana slices (until they're properly incorporated). My bottom-of-the line Kitchen Aid mixer strained under the thick conditions at low speeds.

Between adding each set of ingredients, scrape the sides of the bowl down no matter what mixer you’re using. Smoother batter gives a better result. A ragged, highly textured batter with large chunks of banana and streaks of sugar and veins of butter and flour sounds beautiful, but makes cooking times unpredictable. Truly finishing this recipe is to sandwich slices from two MORE bananas between the two cakes made. It’s a nice, mouth-sized treat as is.

Old Banana news, old Banana Cake Recipe

If you put powdered sugar in a sifter, DON'T SIFT! Just tap the sides of the sifter to sprinkle a dusting atop the cakes. Too much Powdered Sugar winds up just being dry, not a sweet treat.

The Joy of Cooking says that, “if served at once, this cake is good without icing – just sprinkled with powdered sugar or served with whipped cream.” I’ve done this enough to know that it’s really true! Don’t sift too much powdered sugar though. Put some in the sifter and then just tap, tap, tap the sides to let a little sprinkle down onto the cakes.

It’s too bad that no amount of powdered sugar can resurrect AOL’s old Banana story, but thanks in part to their slip, we can resurrect our old bananas with a tried and true Banana Cake flavor-lover recipe.

2 Responses to "Old Banana news, old Banana Cake Recipe"

Gina says:

This was my son’s birthday cake by choice every year from age 5 – 18 at least! Still a wonderful cake. My copy of JOC calls for lightly mashed bananas but I imagine you get the same effect.

Bryan says:

Actually, Gina, I believe you’re right. “Mom” owned that Joy of Cooking we used to pull this and Charles confirmed the recipe page number in his own copy. We definitely picked those slightly browning bananas for the specific reason of lightly mashing them! What a tasty and uncommon birthday treat too. Cheers!

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