Saturday, May 31, 2014

Rum and Raisin Banana Cake

Best banana Cake ever, says DH.  I had given up making banana cake as they somehow always seem to taste the same.  This one doesn't.  This is not what it is called in "Country Living" where the inspiration came from.  There it is called, Coffee, Banana and Cardamon Loaf.   I have adapted it to the TMX and made other minor changes.
225 Raisins
150 mls hot water
2 generous teaspoons of good quality Instant Coffee
2 Tablespoons of Rum
110 g butter softened
140g Dark brown Sugar
generous teaspoon of ground cardamon
2 eggs
2 ripe bananas, ( 180 peeled weight)
225 Self raising flour
1/4 teaspoon of Bi carb soda.

Set  Oven to 180 o or 160 FF.
In a bowl, place Raisins , coffee and Rum and pour boiling water over and stir.
Collect together rest of ingredients and line a loaf tin.
Into TMX bowl place butter, sugar ,eggs  .and cardamon
Mix speed 5 for 1 1/2 minutes.
Scrape down sides and mix, speed 5 for 15 seconds
Add banana and mix speed 5, 20 seconds.
Add carb soda and flour and mix on KNEAD until incorporated.  Just a few seconds.
Add raisin mixture  and mix for 5 seconds, or until mixed through.
Scrape into lined baking dish.
Bake for 1 hour, testing and for further time if needed.

Ice if required
275g. Icing sugar
2 teaspoons of Rum
1 teaspoon of coffee dissolved in a little boiling water.  Enough water to make asoft but not runny icing.

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