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I believe that salt is to food, what food is to life. In right proportions, it can heighten the taste of what you eat..and in the wrong - destroy! Even the most delicious sweets come added with some salt...to taste!

As for me, I've never enjoyed cooking. And as contrary to my owning a food-blog as it may sound, I always think about daily, routine cooking as a chore. But my tryst with the pots and pans began when I got a kitchen all to myself...I began experimenting and exploring new worlds in my own home. Some outcomes were excellent and some plain disasters. Then sprouted the need to keep track of all those good ones...and hence this blog!

Here, I share those experiments that pleased more than one palate!

June 12, 2009

Rich Banana Almond Cake

If there is anything I like to do in the kitchen apart from standing and watching others slave in there, its baking. So every now and then I'm possessed by this "I-want-to-bake-NOW" ghost and I come out with these rich, delicious, high calorie, figure not-so-friendly foods. The original version of this recipe was that of banana bread. I did not have a loaf pan so I converted it to a cake. This particular ghost took over when I had over-ripe bananas at home...and, needless to say, with a little help from the internet I was on my way to add on another 5 pounds!
2 cups - All-purpose flour (Maida)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 Cup - Butter
3/4 Cup - Sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1.5 Cups mashed overripe bananas
(about 3 large bananas should suffice)
1/3 Cup - Slivered almonds
1/4 tsp - Salt

- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)
- Lightly grease baking dish and set aside
- In a large bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt
- In another bowl whisk together butter and sugar
- Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended
- Combine the two mixtures and stir gently
- Pour batter into prepared baking dish and sprinkle slivered almonds (You could opt to stir in the almonds if you want them inside the cake)
- Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes OR until a toothpick inserted into center of the cake comes out clean
- Allow the cake to cool before serving

Serving Suggestion
Reheat the cake slice that you want to serve in the microwave oven for a few seconds and serve with luxurious hazlenut chocolate sauce



  1. Hi Deepthi! This looks delicious! Will try this out!!

  2. Sure Suma. Do let me know how it turns out. Don't miss to warm it a bit and add the hazelnut spread before eating... makes it yummm!

  3. Yummmmm, though I'd seen this post earlier, I had not stopped long enough to comment. But this is def on my to-bake-soon list now!

  4. Sure Madhuri. I cannot wait to know how you liked it. Fill me in.