The Nutty Banana Loaf Cake
I’m trying to introduce more fruit into my diet. Partly, because I have a really sweet tooth (which is well documented by the numerous chocolate recipes I have previously posted) but mainly because I want to try and ensure that my diet is better balanced. As everyone knows, fruit contains lots of necessary vitamins, together with various other necessary bits and bobs and I thought it was high time that I improved my intake.
I’m not the biggest fan of eating fruit on its own; I prefer to have it served together with something. This could be with yoghurt, in cereal or with muesli, in a smoothie or even mixed together in a fruit salad. Another great way to inject some extra fruit into meal times, although admittedly slightly less nutritious, is in a dessert or cake.
I find banana loaf cakes a great way to use up bananas that have turned brown and are perhaps too ripe for eating. The banana becomes really sweet and soft, making it just right for cooking and adding to cakes.
The texture of this cake is improved by the addition of nuts. I have used ground hazelnuts, although almonds would make a good substitute. The apricot glaze is also optional. Apricot is really the only jam you can use for such a glaze as the taste is incredibly mild and doesn’t impede the overall taste in any way, it just adds a sheen that makes the cake look glossy and luxurious. However, as it doesn’t affect the taste at all, if you don’t have any apricot jam, or just don’t feel like making the glaze, it really doesn’t matter too much.
I usually make this in a loaf tin, I just find loaf cakes so much easier to store and slice. However, this time I decided to make the cake in a round tin (18inch), and the only adjustment was to increase the cooking time by about 20 minutes.
I like this cake slightly warm and served with ice-cream or thick cream. When served like this, it makes a delicious dessert. Although it is just as tasty served cooled with a cup of tea and some friends for company. The smell alone usually entices people and whenever I make this cake I am harassed to make it again!