Somehow I get the feeling that I won’t be the only one revealing the banana nut cake as our Cake Slice Bakers choice this month. It’s the perfect time of year for it and it’s not unusual for bakers to have lots of bananas waiting patiently in their freezers to be called into service.
This cake was not the one I really wanted to bake. My initial choice was the Blueberry Crumb Squares. However, when the bananas begin to fall out every time you open the freezer door it’s time to do something with them.
One of the things I like most about this recipe is how simple it was to come together. The only exception was the author’s repeated suggestion that the sugar be added one tablespoon at a time. I decided to re-read the section in the cookbook on procedures and techniques to find out the importance of this step. Ms. Walter states that “in order to maintain the suspension of the air cells achieved in the creaming (of butter) the sugar should be added to the fat very slowly, usually one tablespoon at a time over 4-10 minutes depending upon the amount of the sugar the recipe calls for”. I have been adding the sugar one tablespoon at a time but haven’t worked up to the 4-10 minute time period yet.
This is a snack cake that is great with a cup of coffee or tea. It’s not heavy and the banana taste is not overpowering. To me there was an ever so slight salty aftertaste and that could be attributed to my low salt tolerance. The recipe called for one teaspoon and I reduced to ¾ right off the top. The Mr hasn’t had any yet but this is the kind of cake he likes, not too sweet and no frosting.
With cooler nights and frosty mornings making their presence known this is the best time of year for this kind of cake. Also, just in case you’re wondering about the recipe. As part of the Cake Slice Baker’s protocol we are not supposed to supply the recipe in our post with the cookbook author’s permission.
We’re coming to the end of road with this cookbook and we’re all excited to get started on the next one. Please check out the selections of my fellow bakes and the link parties I’m sharing this cake with.
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