Another banana cake- with yoghurt

Posted on: August 13th, 2011 by admin 3 Comments

This banana bread was made on a whim.  You know when you have a really good banana bread recipe you never try a new one right?  I mean it could go horribly wrong and you know your recipe is tried and true.  Well this recipe is a testament to trying a new one, because it is now my new favorite banana cake (and my other recipe uses sour cream instead of yoghurt – the whole reason I went looking for a new one was because I had a ton of yoghurt and ripe bananas).

I felt a bit bad cheating on my old recipe, but this one is a wonderful treat.  Except for the first batch that I promptly burnt (I do that to banana breads-religiously).  Now I’m happy I have a few great banana bread/ cake recipes to choose from.

Do try and toast your walnuts before incorporating them into the batter.  It really makes a difference in the overall taste, I promise you’ll love it.

  • 1/2 c (1 stick) butter, at room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 3/4 c brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 medium bananas,  mashed and very ripe
  • 1/2 c yoghurt
  • 1/2 c chopped walnuts, toasted

Preheat oven to 180ºC (350ºF).  Butter a loaf pan and set aside. Toast your walnuts on a baking tray for about 10 minutes, but don’t forget them!!  Sneaky little walnuts love to burn.

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then add eggs one by one and beat to incorporate.

In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, nutmeg and salt.  Add half of this slowly to the butter mixture, but only until just combined.  Add half the bananas and yogurt and mix gently.  Then add the rest of the flour mix and then the rest of the banana mix.  Stir in nuts, then pour into prepared pan.

Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour, but do check it at 45 minutes (if you’re like me and constantly burn loafs). If you find it’s browning too fast, but not cooking in the middle, place some foil over top of the pan and keep baking or check your oven temps – it may be running hot.  Let rest in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool.

This recipe will be better with cream cheese frosting.

Recipe adapted from: 5th and Waverly

Song for this recipe:

“Be good to me” – Sia Be Good To Me - We Are Born

I am always happy to listen to good Australian music – there is a lot believe me. I think everyone might become a little more patriotic when they have actually moved away from their home country.  So when I hear Sia Furler I feel a tiny twinge of homesickness, not because she sounds Australian, but she makes me think of home.  Her 2008 album Some people have real problems was great, but this one – We are born (2010) is awesome.  I like it because after about 2 listens I could sing along with lots of the songs, they sound so familiar.  I also think dancing while baking is important, good beats and good lyrics make great banana cake.

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3 Responses

  1. Rinku says:

    When you are happy and you know it clap your hands!

  2. This banana bread recipe looks great! I need to give this recipe a try next time I have ripe bananas! :)

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