I have baked this Banana Bread, which actually a cake really, many times ever since I got this book of Nigella ages ago. For those of you who have tried Nigella's recipe would know that this is one delicious banana bread/cake. Most of us have our own favourite recipe when it comes to Banana Cake, and at the moment, this is my favourite.
The cake bakes up beautifully with a lovely crust, mine was done in exactly an hour.
The texture of the cake is really moist, soft and "banana-ey"! This cake was gone in no time! Give it a try, especially if you are a fan of banana cakes.
(adapted from "How To Be A Domestic Goddess" by Nigella Lawson)
Makes 8 to 10 slices
scant 1/2 cup golden raisins
6 tablespoons or 3 ounces bourbon or dark rum
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt (I omit this as I use salted butter)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
4 small, very ripe bananas, mashed (I use 300gm, without skins)
1/4 cup chopped walnut
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
9x5-inch loaf pan, buttered and floured or with a paper insert
Put the golden raisins and rum or bourbon in a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat, cover, and leave for an hour if you can, or until the raisins have absorbed most of the liquid, then drain.
Preheat the oven to 325F and get started on the rest. Put the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium-sized bowl, and using your hands or a wooden spoon, combine well. In a large bowl, mix the melted butter and sugar and beat until blended. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then the mashed bananas. Then, with your wooden spoon, stir in the walnuts, drained raisins, and vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture, a third at a time, stirring well after each bit. Scrape into the loaf pan and bake in the middle of the oven for 1 to 1-1/4 hours. When its ready, an inserted toothpick or fine skewer should come out clean. Leave in the pan on a rack to cool, and eat thickly or thinly sliced, as you prefer.
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