Sunday, July 10, 2005

Bananas & Caramel.... Enough Said.

I think one of the best smells in the world is banana bread or cake or muffins baking in the oven. I love that smell... trumps any candle any day.
This was a late endevor for me today... It was a rainy Sunday and we all lounged around in our pajamas for most of the day. We had a nice simple dinner or shrimp, sasuage, yellow rice and blackeyed peas. I got started on this Banana Cake with Caramel Sauce late in the afternoon so I wasn't able to enjoy the fresh smell floating through the house all day long... make yours early so you can. This makes your home smell like a Domestic Goddess lives there.....

I highly recommed this cake... if not for the fragrance alone. It is also amazingly simple... and very pretty.

Banana Cake

1 stick butter softened
1 cup caster superfine sugar*
¼ cup brown sugar
3 eggs
2 cups plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¾ cup sour cream
1 cup roughly mashed banana

Preheat oven to 350 F. Place the butter, sugar and brown sugar in bowl of mixer and beat until nice and creamy. Gradually add the 3 eggs and beat well. Sift the flour and baking powder over mixture and combine. Add the cinnamon, sour cream and banana and mix until combined. Pour mixture into greased ring pan. Bake 40 minutes or until passes toothpick test. Cool on wire rack and spread with Caramel Sauce.

* Caster Sugar (superfine) is somewhat hard to find… for me that is. I take regular granulated sugar and pulverize it in my food processor… and PRESTO... caster sugar.

Caramel Sauce

Mix ¾ cup brown sugar and 1 cup cream in a sauce pan over medium heat and stir until sugar dissolves. Increase the heat and simmer rapidly for 8 minutes or until the sauce thickens. Allow to cool until thick enough to spoon over the cool banana cake…

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