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Banana Cake with Cashew Nuts & Raisins

Posted Nov 17 2009 10:01pm


Banana Cake with Cashew Nuts and Raisins

Ingredients

200 ml ( 1 cup ) flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 ripe bananas
175 g ( 3/4 cup ) sugar
2 eggs
3 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon raisins
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 tablespoon cashew nuts, broken
1 teaspoon butter ( for greasing baking dish )
2 teaspoon flour ( for dusting baking dish )
2 teaspoon flour ( for dusting nuts and raisins )

Method

Grease baking dish with butter and dust with flour ( Sprinkle about 2 teaspoons of flour inside a cake pan and shake to coat all greased surface. Turn pan upside down to tap out the excess ).

Preheat oven at 180* C or 350 * F.

Dust cashew nuts and raisins with flour and set aside in a separate container.

Mash bananas well.

Sift flour, baking powder and salt.

Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and continue beating for 5 minutes.

Add dusted raisins and cashew nuts. Mix well gently. Add mashed bananas and vanilla essence. Mix gently. Gently pour sifted flour and blend lightly.

Pour cake batter into a dusted baking dish ( or paper lined ) and bake at 180 * C or 350 * F for 25 - 30 minutes until golden brown and a cake skewer inserted in the centre comes out completely free of cake mixture.

Tips for perfect baking

The cake is perfectly baked when :

It begins to shrink slightly away from the sides of the baking pan.

It springs back when pressed lightly with finger.

A cake skewer inserted in the centre comes out completely free of cake mixture.
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