Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Rotten Bananas

Last Monday, the food pantry had pounds of bananas that were nearing the end of their usefulness, so a few of us took some home to use in our baking.  Here's my haul:

Appetizing, huh?  

Actually, some were still rather firm and decent looking inside.  I peeled them and froze them because I was not ready to do any baking.  Well...I'm never really READY to bake.  I eventually decided to make a couple banana cakes - one for the Pig Roast and one for the pantry workers.  Here is the cake recipe and the ways I modified it for a tube pan, and a 9x13 pan:

Banana Caramel Cake

In a large bowl, add and mix well:
2 c. flour
1 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. ground cloves
1/4 t. allspice
1 t. salt
1 t. baking soda
1 3/4 c. sugar
3 lg. eggs
1 1/4 c. vegetable oil
1 t. vanilla 

When well-blended, add:
3/4 c. finely chopped pecans
3 ripe bananas, diced 

Pour batter into greased-floured bundt pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

NOTE: I recommend removing cake while center is moist.  I waited until the toothpick was clean and thought the cake was a little too dry.  

Just before cake is finished, prepare caramel sauce as follows:

In saucepan, combine:
1/2 c. brown sugar
4 T. butter
2 T. heavy cream
1/4 c. rum

Bring to boil for 3-5 minutes, whisking occasionally.  If desired, add up to 1/4 c. rum after turning off heat. 

As soon as cake is finished and out of the oven, poke holes all over the top with a skewer.  Pour caramel over the cake, stopping to let the caramel sink in.  If it begins to pool, poke more holes.

Once cool, loosen sides and invert cake onto a serving plate.
Banana Upside Down Cake

Use the above cake batter.

Grease and flour a 9x13 pan.  Put 6 t. butter in pan and place in heated oven to melt.  When melted, remove pan and sprinkle with 1 c. firmly packed brown sugar.  Slice 3 small bananas and place slices over butter and brown sugar.  Pour cake batter over bananas.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

NOTE: As above, I recommend removing cake while center is moist.  I waited until the toothpick was clean and thought the cake was a little too dry.  

I made the following sauce to serve with both cakes.  Personally, this was my favorite part:

Chocolate-Caramel-Rum Sauce

1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. brown sugar
3 T. heavy cream
1/4 c. rum
1/2 bag chocolate chips (app. 3/4 c.?)

Combine butter, sugar, cream and rum in saucepan.  Bring to boil, stirring until creamy.  Turn off heat and add chocolate chips.  Whisk until well-blended.  Spoon over individual servings of either banana cake. OR...pour into a shot glass and enjoy!  (Kidding!)

I had about 2 1/2 bananas remaining, so I figured I'd make a "smoothie" of sorts.  Now, in my mind, the very name "smoothie" carries the idea of health...and there's nothing especially healthy about this thing!  It was a shot-in-the-dark experiment that turned out pretty well, if I do say so myself.

Banana Cream Smoothie

In a food processor, blend:
2/3 c. sour cream
2/3 c. heavy cream

Process until thick and well-blended.  Then add:

2 frozen bananas
1/4 c. brown sugar

This tasted great!  It may look a bit runny at first, but it quickly thickens after you finish processing it.


Rebekah said...

Had my tonsils removed last week; still can't really eat, and will definitely be making this for breakfast!! (will probably add a scoop of vanilla protein powder)

Lori Shaffer said...

Well, I saw you from a distance last night (you look beautiful, btw!), so you must have recovered nicely. After I had mine done in 2003, I swore I'd rather give birth than have my tonsils removed. It was the worst and longest lasting pain I've ever had.

Steve and the boys left for Branson for 3 days and it was a good thing b/c I was MISERABLE!!!

But I must also say I've never regretted it b/c I haven't had Strep Throat ONCE since then. :-)

It was fun getting to know Stanley a wee bit this week. He's SO cute and sweet! Hope to see you all tmo night at the cookout!