The baking blog_ a banana cake taste test (from bournemouth echo)

Child-appropriate cake. Can you make banana bread without baking soda Is there such a thing? My daughter is about to turn one, and on the hunt for a birthday cake I’d be happy for her to eat, I’ve spent the weekend testing recipes for banana

There are as many types of banana cake recipe as there are people – with butter, without, with white flour or wholemeal, with citrus or chocolate, with one egg or lots.

These four are all totally different.

How to make banana bread without baking soda Two are Dan Lepard. Recipe for banana bread with chocolate chips Two are from the interwebs. Banana bread bread machine recipe Two are dairy free and use wholemeal flour. Banana bread recipe hawaii One is super healthy, the others less so.

Some things which are common whatever cake you make: first, the riper your bananas the better the flavour. Banana bread recipe with chocolate chips If they’re super-ripe, you might even find you can reduce the sugar content a little. Banana bread made with coconut flour One

tip I’ve read is to put your odd over-ripe bananas in the freezer until you want them to stop them going totally over the edge. Banana bread made with sour cream Second, you won’t need a mixer, this one is a wooden spoon job.

Third: baking powder, and lots of it, will help lighten the densest of recipies. Banana bread in cake pan Dan Lepard goes with 3tsps in his versions – you may want a little less but don’t leave it out completely.

And finally, be prepared to be flexible with your cooking times, and don’t worry if your cake needs ten or so minutes more than the recipe suggests.

The verdict in the office was that Dan Lepard’s banana and orange was the nicest. Blueberry banana bread recipe My personal favourite is the banana and ginger – but they all work, so try them for yourself and let me know which

For this one, the bananas really do need to be ripe because there’s no sugar. Chocolate chip banana bread recipe moist If you like, you could add some chocolate chips instead of the nuts, but obviously that makes it a little less

The method is simple. Banana bread healthy recipe Mash your bananas. 3 ingredient banana bread recipe Add everything except the flour and baking powder and stir with a wooden spoon until smooth. Banana bread with cake mix and pudding Sift in the flour and baking powder (you’ll need to tip in the

bran left in the sieve. Banana bread recipes healthy Stir. Banana bread recipe with cake mix Pour into a loaf tin lined with non-stick paper and bake at 180 C for about an hour., or until a skewer comes out with just a few crumbs sticking to it.

Now, this recipe is in cups, which I find so annoying I went out and bought some so I didn’t have to bother with conversions. Banana bread recipe with yellow cake mix BUT. Egg free banana bread recipe if you don’t have any, Delia’s table is pretty good – just note that a cup of brown sugar isn’t the same as a cup of white sugar. Banana bread buttermilk You’ll also see this recipe is

1 cup sugar (can easily be reduced to half) – I used caster sugar but brown sugar would be just as nice.

Mash the bananas with the sugar until roughly smooth. Banana bread recipe gluten free Add the melted butter and vanilla and stir, then add the egg. Bananabread recipes Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt if you want it. Banana bread recipe food network Stir until mixed. Banana bread recipe allrecipes Pour

into a lined loaf tin and bake at 175 C for roughly an hour or until the skewer comes out with no more than crumbs on it.

The Echo Towers favourite, this cake does have a LOT of eggs in it. Banana bread crumble But the orange stops it being too rich, despite the butter, and although it’s moist it isn’t at all heavy. Banana bread crumb cake The dough will look a

bit like choux pastry before the banana goes in, and when you add the baking powder it will start to bubble. Banana bread recipe without butter Don’t worry about it, but don’t leave it too long before you put it in the oven.

Melt the butter, pour it into a mixing bowl with the sugar, then stir in 100g of the flour until smooth. Banana bread recipe coconut oil Add the eggs one by one, beating each one in well before adding the next, then mix in the

citrus zest, juice and banana. Banana bread streusel Sift in the remaining flour and baking powder, and stir until smooth.

Pour into a lined loaf tine and bake at 160C for roughly an hour or until a skewer comes out with just crumbs.

This one is my favourite, just. Banana bread recipe with coconut oil The muscovado sugar gives the crust a lovely stickiness and the ginger cuts the sweetness of the banana. Crumb topping for banana bread Which sort of makes it a banana cake for people who don’t

200g muscovado sugar – Dan’s original calls for dark, but I only had 50g of that, so I added 50g of molasses sugar and 100g of light muscovado

3 large eggs – Dan’s original calls for four medium, but I only had large

Put the sugar and bananas in a bowl and mash until almost smooth. Banana bread with crumb topping Add the oil and eggs amnd beat with a wooden spoon until mixed. Flours banana bread recipe Stir in the ginger, sift in the flour and baking powder, then pour

into a 20cm square tin, lined with paper and bake at 170C for 50-60 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.

And that’s the lot. Banana bread recipe coconut flour Let me know what you think or if you’ve got a favourite recipe in the comments.

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