Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Archana's Date And Banana Cake - A Guest Post..

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Food doesn't just taste exactly the same, though the recipe may be exactly the same. Think something you tried using your Mom's or a friend's recipe. So what makes food taste good, but not the same as cooked by the other person? Archana calls this the The Yum Factor! I completely am with you on this Arch! This true blue Bangalorean in Ahmedabad realized just how badly she missed her own kitchen when she had to live in a guest-house for a few months. Got a kitchen of her own again and then The Yum Factor was born! The new bride who wormed her way into her hubby's grandmother's heart with a simple rasam, the techie who gave up her career to play full time Mom. I had the pleasure of meeting her recently. We chatted away nineteen to the dozen, predictably food mostly, kids and life!

Check out her blog for loads of Mangalorean / Konkani recipes, baking, heaps of vegetarian side dishes you could try each day on the month! How I would love these corn and corn and cottage cheese flecked savory muffins  for my evening snack! This Christmas Cake must be among the goodies I bake this Christmas. A chocolaty way to eat bananas? This Chocolate Banana Cake is just the thing! Am humbled by your words for me Archana! Thanks so much for taking time for putting together this lovely post and an even more delicious tea-time treat for me!

When Suma asked me if I could write a guest post on her blog, I was honoured, very honoured. Suma is a fabulous with her cakes and yeasted bakes and she thought I was good enough to write a post on her blog ! Yaaay ! Her post on baking and supplies for baking in Bangalore has been so helpful. I have tried following her instructions and baked some very successful breads ! This also made me terribly nervous...What could I possibly make bake that wasn't already there on her blog. Every form of cake, cookies, brownies, basically anything that has chocolate is covered here.. So, I decided on a no-chocolate simple date and banana cake

I had this recipe from my aunt who bakes a lot from her wonderful home in Cambridge I used Tunisian dates (any dates should work) in this and after the cake was baked, the dates were totally melting in the mouth. Soft, moist and a slight taste of the banana, it was a perfect tea time cake

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The whole house had a lovely aroma once I got this in the oven. And I was all set to take the pictures - and by the time the cake was done, for my luck, it started pouring outside. It was about 5 in the evening and threatening to get all dark and gloomy outside. The pictures didn't turn out so great, but this was the perfect for the weather. Warm cake straight out of the oven for an evening tea, with thunder playing in the background.

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Thank you Suma for letting me write a post on your blog. It is truly an honor Hope you enjoy this cake as much as I did

Date and banana cake
What you need -
2 over ripe bananas
1/3 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup APF / maida
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp hot milk
1/2 cup chopped dates

What you do with it - Pre heat the oven to 180 C. Sift the flour with the baking powder Mash the bananas and set aside Add the butter, sugar and eggs and mix well Add in the bananas and chopped dates Dissolve soda in milk and pour it over this mix Stir in the flour and mix with a spatula till it forms a smooth batter Pour into a greased loaf tin, muffin mould or cake pan Bake till golden brown, for about 45 mins

Allow it to cool for about 10 minutes and enjoy it warm


Sayantani Mahapatra Mudi said...

love Archana's blog and this cake looks perfect. in our house bananas always are over ripe and now I have ne more recipe to use them up.

Archana said...

Lovely post. Thanks.

Priya Suresh said...

Mindblowing and super spongy cake.Lovely guest post.

Leez said...

I was searching for easy cake recipes to bake on my newly acquired convection microwave and stumbled upon this wonderful blog. This cake will be the first one I bake! Can you tell me if I need to bake it for the same time in the convection mode or do I change the time?