Friday, 25 May 2012

Day 184 - Banana with lemon drizzle cake

I found these sad boys at the bottom of my (very large) bag.

I'd put them in days ago, when we were charging round in the midst of birthday parties, then piled more stuff on top, as you do, and completely forgot about them. So they were a bit squashy and unappealing....and perfect for CAKE!
Now I've a great banana bread recipe I got from a magazine. All my scrappy cuttings end up in a rather lovely, carefully organised box; but not carefully organised enough for me to find the blinking banana bread recipe.
So I turned to to the ever reliable Mary Berry, and found Banana with lemon drizzle cake in her cookbook, One Step Ahead.  Sounded perfect and I just happened to have a rather sad looking lemon....
Honestly it's a little gem. A delicious, easy little gem.

For a start all the ingredients go in one bowl - 175g caster sugar, 3 eggs, 300g self-raising flour, 2 level teaspoons baking powder, 2 mashed up bananas (I used all three - didn't seem right to leave one out) grated zest of half a lemon, 2 tablespoons of milk and 175g softened butter.
The butter was so soft I mixed it all with a wooden spoon and then just poured it into a lined 8 inch cake tin.
So quick.
Pop it into the oven for 45 minutes at 180 degrees C/gas 5 until light golden brown and test with a skewer. While the cake's cooling a bit, mix 100g sugar and the juice of one lemon and spread it all over the top.

It's had a big thumbs up from the kids, even my Banana Avoider. 
It smells of bananas and tastes of bananas, yet he's the first to ask for more.
Anything goes when it looks like cake.


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    1. You know, it's even better than I thought it would be - definitely worth a go!

  2. Ooo I have 2 bananas in the freezer I might give this ago...although I have no lemons!

    1. Hope you do! Think it would still be lovely without a lemon :)

  3. That looks gorgeous! Who'd have thought of mixing banana bread and lemon drizzle?

    1. That's Mary Berry for you - so many winners in her (very many) cookbooks !

  4. I like the sound of this - another one of your recipes I will print and keep! (I made your oat cookies recently - delicious)
    By the way - I haven't forgotten the "how do you find time to..." - I am working on it and hope to find time to finish it soon!

  5. Oh I hope you like this one too - feel sure you will :) Glad the cookies went down well.

    Take your time with the meme - it's pretty long and took me ages! x

  6. Thanks for passing the recipe on. I made the cake tonight and have just enjoyed a slice with a coffee. I'm taking the rest of the cake to work to share with colleagues tomorrow. If they like it they can throw a few pence in a charity pot..everyone's a winner.
    Must be hard being away from loved ones for so long but it sounds like the positive approach is working for you, best wishes and happy baking! Michelle xx

    1. Thanks so much Michelle, and I'm really glad you like the cake. It's a super recipe - Mary Berry is such a legend! All the recipes I've tried from her book, 'One Step Ahead' have been winners x