One-bowl Butterscotch Cake with Banana Frosting

Butterscotch and banana go beautifully together. Having had some ripe bananas and butterscotch chips which were also sitting in my pantry for sometime, I decided to use them together. Of course, it was a cake – what else could it be?

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The cake was so moist and lovely. The butterscotch morsels and the banana frosting tasted great. Just the thing with a hot cup of tea in the evening. Delicious!

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You can also make cupcakes and frost them individually.

 

PREP: 20-25 minutes COOK TIME: 35-40 minutes

Ingredients

2 cups flour

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp baking powder

11/2 cups brown sugar, packed

½ cup butter

1 cup milk

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup butterscotch chips

For the banana frosting

2 cups powdered sugar

1/3 cup butter

1 tbsp lemon juice

¼ cup bananas, mashed

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 180 C.

Grease and flour an 8 inch cake pan.

Sift the flour, baking powder and salt. Combine with the brown sugar, butter and 2/3 cup milk in a large mixing bowl. Beat at a low speed until blended and then at a high speed for 2 minutes. Add remaining milk, eggs and vanilla and beat for 2 minutes longer. Fold in the butterscotch chips and spoon the batter into the cake pan and bake for 30-35 minutes until the sides pull away slightly from the the tin and a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool.

While the cake is baking, prepare the frosting. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the lemon juice and mashed bananas and beat until smooth. Fill and frost the cake.

Banana Mincemeat Bread

I had made a large quantity of mincemeat for Christmas but I just didn’t have the time to make anything. I was just looking up some recipes featuring mincemeat and came across this interesting one. As I had some over ripe bananas as well, I was rather pleased. It’s something that I could eat at anytime of the day.

The bread was really delicious and the combination of the bananas with the boozy mincemeat was great. I could taste the subtle flavour of both and it was a big hit with my family and friends. It’s definitely going to be something I make often.

It’s easy to make and is perfect over a cup of tea or even in the morning if you’re rushed for time.

This recipe is from the book American Cooking.

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PREP: 20 minutes COOK TIME: 1 hour

Ingredients

¼ cup butter

½ cup sugar

2 eggs

11/4 cup sifted flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

¼ tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 cup mashed bananas

1 cup mincemeat, drained

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 160 C. Butter and line a loaf tin with parchment paper. I used a double lining for the tin.

Sift the flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, salt and soda together.

Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat well. Add the flour mixture to the butter alternating with the bananas and mincemeat. Mix well. Spoon into the buttered loaf tin. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes, depending on the oven. Cool.

 

Ambrosia

This medley of fruits in a sugar syrup with dry fruits, honey and nuts is a dish that our family makes every year for a festival called Dussehra. It’s a celebration that lasts for about nine days and is celebrated by Hindus all over India.

I love the richness of this dish which is so satisfying and yet so light and refreshing. The aroma of the ghee and cardamom is delicious. It’s also vegan and could be served as dessert with a dollop of coconut cream.

It’s very simple to make. Once the sugar syrup is done you just have to add all the fruits and nuts, honey, ghee and cardamom. For those of you who want to cut down on sugar, you could add less of it.

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PREP: 30 minutes COOK TIME: 10 minutes SERVES: 6

Ingredients

½ cup jaggery

½ cup water

1 apple

2 bananas

2 oranges, segmented

2 guavas, cut into cubes

1 cup grapes, cut into two

2 tbsp honey

1 tbsp ghee

1 tsp cardamom powder

½ cup dates, chopped roughly

½ cup cashewnuts

½ cup raisins

Instructions

Combine the jaggery and water and cook over a moderate heat until the jaggery melts. Strain into another pan and bring to a boil. Cook for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.

Add all the ingredients except the apple and bananas. Core and cut the apple into small cubes. Add to the sugar syrup immediately. Slice the bananas into the sugar syrup and mix well. Refrigerate and serve with a dollop of coconut cream.