Monday, July 09, 2007

What do you do when ....

your bananas look like this?

Well I keep The Man away because he's notorious for throwing out my good dark brown bananas. No matter how man times I tell him I want them to look like this, he starts getting uptight about attracting fruit flies or something... So anyway, after you beat him off with a stick, you mix up this delicious recipe for Buttermilk Banana Cake!

Buttermilk Banana Cake

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 pinch salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs
4 ripe bananas, mashed
2/3 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour 2 - 8 inch round pans. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, soda and salt; set aside.
In a large bowl, cream butter, white sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Mix in the bananas. Add flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk to the creamed mixture. Stir in chopped walnuts. Pour batter into the prepared pans.
Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, and place on a damp tea towel to cool.

**This also works beautifully for muffins or banana bread. I usually bake it in a 9x13" pan for about 30 minutes. I like to add a handful of chocolate chips, or
a dash of cinnamon and ginger... because that's how I roll!
I sometimes also use 1 cup of whole wheat flour and 1 1/2 cups of white flour just to make it a bit more nutritious.

Oh, and this is divine with cream cheese frosting too.

Or just sprinkle white sugar on top before it bakes and then it comes out with a crust on top.

Or bake it as a sheet cake for 20 minutes.

(Also, you know if you don't have buttermilk you can just use regular milk with a splash of vinegar, right?)**


Anonymous said...

How was it? It looks pretty delicious :)

Shannon said...

Oooh, can I come over for a piece?

(uh, I've been lurking on your blog since you gave me your card, just never got around to posting until now. Too bad we won't be able to get together to go to Wild West this summer, huh? I was wanting to call you next week to do it. So sad.)

angie.a said...

Hmmmm. Yummy! My favorite thing for breakfast is banana bread slathered with butter. LOL!


My Trendy Tykes said...

mmmm mmmm good!


nic said...

Yum! We do the chocolate chips in banana bread as well. My friend's husband thinks this is sacrilege, but my general theory for life is when in doubt, add some chocolate. LQTM

Ladybug said...

Ooohhh my bananas are just about there! I will try this instead of plain ole banana bread! Thanks!

Oh and about the feeling lucky post..I didn't get it. DARN IT! I would have commented! LOL

Erika Cass Designs said...

Mmmm! That looks soooo good! Um, the cake not the bananas. :oP
Bananas like that really do attract fruit flies in our house, so they never get to that point because dh tosses them way ahead of time. :o(


amelia said...

Yum! I thought you were going to say banana bread...that's what I always do...I love it!


Morgan said...

Beki~ I wish we were neighbors and not just fake internet friends, LOL! I would so crash over to your house this morning with kids in tow for some of that yummy bread and coffee! It's even better the next day, if there's any left.

Maddie agrees, she was sitting on my lap when I read this post. When she saw the old banana pic, she said "EW, gwoss...yucky gabanas" but then at the cake picture, "Mom, I want to taste that!" LOL!!

Anonymous said...

I love banana cake! I'll have to try your recipe!


LeAnna said...

Going to make these into muffins for breakfast in the morning! Thanks!