Saturday, January 19, 2013

Chocolate - Banana Cake

Do bananas sitting over the counter stir the baker's rush?? Perhaps it does for me. There should always be 2 leftover bananas that should smile back at me from a bunch - and all I can think of at that moment is a banana cake - I guess I should start thinking out of the box.. and here I begin with a Chocolate banana cake.

2 cups All purpose flour
1.5 cups granulated sugar
Half a cup - cocoa powder
1.5 tsp baking powder
1.5 tsp baking soda
2 large eggs
1 cup yogurt or buttermilk
2 ripe bananas mashed or grated
2 tsps vanilla essence
Half a cup of Sunflower oil
Half a tsp of salt

Step 1: Preheat oven to 180 C.Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Remember to sieve the flour and cocoa to avoid lumps in the batter.
Step 2: Beat eggs in a bowl, add salt ,vanilla essence,buttermilk/yogurt and the mashed bananas and sunflower oil. mix well and add to the dry ingredients. Fold well making sure no lumps remain.Batter would not be thick - no worries !
Step 3: Pour into  a greased  10" pan and bake it for about  45 minutes - keep track of the time as you got use the safest temperature and time suitable for your oven. Check at the center of the cake with a skewer . If it comes off clean it's done, remove from oven & let it cool.

To prepare the ganache -On medium heat , warm up half a cup of heavy cream  and pour it into a bowl with half a cup of semi sweet choc chips. Add a pinch of salt and stir gently to melt every bit of chocolate.  While still warm add a teaspoon of butter,mix well and allow it to cool.
Let the cake rest for the ganache to set  and cut into slices. A very rich, spongy and moist slice of the cake ................