I've never been much of a cake maker...oh I've had countless disasters when I've attempted to bake cakes. I can even ruin cake mixes that come in a packet.
So imagine my delight several years ago when I was given a recipe for Banana Loaf Cake which is foolproof. I have made hundreds of them over the years...and every one has been a winner.
Not only that...but this has become my basic recipe now for a variety of different flavoured cakes...because it allows itself to be adapted to whatever you have in your cupboard or fridge.
Here is the basic Banana Loaf Recipe:
3 bananas, mashed.
280g plain flour
10g baking powder
100g walnuts, chopped
Whisk butter and sugar. Beat in eggs. Stir in mashed bananas and chopped walnuts. Stir in milk. Add flour and baking powder. Pour into a lined loaf tin and bake at 160 deg for approx one hour, or until firm to the touch and a knife inserted into the cake comes out clean.
This is a delicious cake...but now for the adaptations.
Margarine can be can be used instead of butter.
Instead of walnuts, use sultanas, or raisins, pecan nuts, dried figs or apricots, dates, chocolate chips, or chopped fresh fruit.
Instead of mashed bananas, use something else that has roughly the same consistency to make the mixture moist...for example jam, honey, pecmez (Turkish grape molasses), stewed apples or other fruit.
I have used so many different substitutes that I can't remember them all.
This morning I used strawberry jam instead of bananas....and chopped nectarines instead of nuts.
It's just come out of the oven and it's absolutely declicious.
If anyone can come up with some more ideas for substitutes please let me know. I will be delighted!