Banana coffee walnut cake
You can never have enough of chocolate cakes and similarly you can never get tired of banana cakes . Just like there are fudgy, muddy, chiffon, devil’s and many more types of chocolate cake, a banana cake (or should I call it bread?) also has enviable variations. I have posted two already, an eggless choco banana cake and a banana quick bread with eggs. This time pairing it with coffee and walnuts, and who will say no to this classic combination. Ripe black skinned bananas in the pantry is every baker’s delight. We have generous people around who heartily share their banana crop with us, and with the mercury rising, you don’t have to wait much for them to blacken.
Grab those dark looking beauties and get set to make this fruity nutty coffee flavoured loaf.
- All purpose flour – 1 ¼ cup
- Granulated sugar – ½ cup + 2 tablespoons ( I measured and then powdered it)
- Baking powder- 1 teaspoon
- Baking soda – ½ teaspoon
- Salt – ½ teaspoon
- Refined oil – ¼ cup
- Curd / yogurt – ¼ cup
- Coffee decoction* – ¼ cup
- Banana purée – ¾ cup (roughly from 3 to 4 medium sized bananas)
- Egg** – 1
- Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon
- Walnuts ( roasted and chopped) – ½ cup
- *I added 1 tablespoon of instant coffee powder to ¼ cup boiling water for making the decoction. You can add more coffee for a more intense flavour.
- ** You can replace egg with one flax egg, which is one tablespoon of flax powder in 3 tablespoons of water, whisk well and refrigerate for fifteen minutes. use it in the recipe in place of egg. You can also replace egg with ¼ cup yogurt.
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
- Coat the walnuts with 1 tablespoon flour and keep aside.
- Grease and line a 9′ x5′ loaf pan or 8′ round pan, or a 7’x7′ square tin.
- In a large bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda , salt and keep aside.
- Purée banana pulp in a blender to smooth paste . To get 3/4 cup, I used around 7-8 very small sized fully ripe bananas.you can use 3 to 4 medium sized ones.
- To the same blender jar, add curd and oil, and whip to mix them well.
- Add powdered sugar to the curd oil mixture, and mix it well again.
- In another container lightly beat egg, add coffee decoction, vanilla essence and whisk again.
- Mix the curd-banana puree -oil mixture to the egg mixture and Mix all the liquid ingredients well.
- Add liquid ingredients to the flour mixture, fold and mix it well.
- Add walnuts coated in flour to this batter.
- Bake at 180℃ for 35-40 minutes until a tooth pick inserted at the centre of the cake comes out clean.
- Cool , cut and serve for a classic accompaniment with a cup of tea.