Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas Cake #2 - Hawaiian Banana Cake

Banana Cake. Hawaiian Banana Cake to be more specific.

The Distracted Cook has no idea where this recipe originated, but this is how it looks at our house:

This is one of those easy cakes that makes you wonder why you don't make it more often. Especially when you have a bunch of really gross bananas that you don't even want to pick up to toss out. They should look about like this:

I know, they are really pretty scary, but the more squishy they are the better the cake will be. This is a sweet, moist, delicately flavored banana cake. Not banana bread, but banana cake.

This is what you get straight out of the oven:

And after it cools in the baking dish and is turned out to finish cooling:

But best of all is when you get a piece on your very own plate!

Let us know how yours bakes up!

Christmas Cake #2 - Hawaiian Banana Cake

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
3 small very ripe bananas or 1 cup banana puree
2 eggs

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. 
Put shortening, bananas, and eggs into a blender and puree. 
Add pureed mixture to dry ingredients and mix till moist (should resemble a muffin batter.)
Spoon into a buttered and lightly floured 9" square pan.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 40 minutes.
Remove and let cool in pan 5 minutes.
Turn out of pan and cool completely.
- This is where you cut yourself a piece -- just to be sure it is as good as you think it is!
Wrap air tight. 
Freezes well.

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