Grandma's Banana Cake
Now THIS cake really made me think of grandma. The recipe had come from her sister (Clarice) but handwritten down the right side of the card was her daughter's (Phyllis) version and they were not much different but I think women were always looking to improve on their recipes. I have no doubt that she tried both recipes to see which one she liked best. For this recipe I used my grandmother's ingredient list (below) although I have added nuts, more sour milk and I could not help myself, I slathered on a dark chocolate ganache. I also added directions for a typical butter cake as there were none on her little recipe card.
Tip: Make sour milk by adding 1 teaspoon vinegar to a cup of milk and let it sit on your kitchen counter for 5 minutes.
- Bananas - 1 cup, about 3
- Sour milk - 1 cup
- Vinegar - 1 teaspoon (added to milk to make sour)
- All -purpose flour - 3 cups
- Baking Soda - 1 1/2 teaspoons
- Salt - 1 teaspoon
- Nutmeg - 1/4 teaspoon, freshly ground
- Walnuts - 1 cup, chopped and toasted
- Butter - 1/2 cup,(or 1 stick), unsalted, room temperature
- Sugar - 1 1/2 cups
- Eggs - 2 large
- Vanilla - 1 teaspoon
- Heavy cream - 3/4 cup
- Dark chocolate - 7 ounces, chips or chopped into small pieces
1. Pre-heat oven to 350F. Butter and flour a 9 x 13 inch pan.
2. Add bananas and sour milk (milk with vinegar) to food processor. Puree.
3. Toast nuts and set aside.
4. Combine flour, baking soda, salt and nutmeg in large bowl. Stir in toasted walnuts. Set aside.
5. Add butter to a mixing bowl and beat (with a paddle) for several minutes at medium-high speed, add sugar and continue to beat until light in color.
6. Add eggs to butter and sugar mixture, one at a time. Mixing (low speed) after each addition and scraping sides of bowl. Add vanilla.
7. Stir in (dry) flour mixture and (wet) banana/milk puree into butter and sugar. Alternating between wet and dry until combined. (Always end with the dry mixture.) Use the mixer to combine at low speed or fold ingredients together manually with a spatula.
8. Spread evenly into prepared 9 x 13 inch pan and bake for 40 minutes at 350F.
9. After cake is cool, frost with a dark chocolate ganache. Heat heavy cream to a boil then remove from heat and pour over dark chocolate that has been chopped. Stir until smooth.
10 . Let ganache cool slightly before spreading on cake.
11. Now eat while thinking of your grandma.