My fondest memories of banana cake is the one made by my maternal grandmother. I remember helping her mash the bananas with a fork when she’s preparing banana cake, with me standing on a chair to reach the counter. I would dare say that it IS still the best banana cake I’ve tasted. Unfortunately, my grandma no longer remembers the recipe, and she has lost her notebook of recipes. I’ll have to muddle about on my own to try recreating that elusive perfect banana cake.
On my search of banana cake recipes, I found this one by Marketman. Actually, that link provides two recipes, and I followed the first one. The other one had nuts, and I wasn’t in the mood for nuts at this point. I was more or less faithful to Marketman’s recipe, but for three changes: 1) I used two bananas, instead of just 1.5; 2) I used wax paper to line my bread pan, instead of buttering it; and 3) My oven’s peculiar setting let me use 338F, instead of 325F. This is how it looked like, fresh out of the oven:
I “inherited” this bread pan from my mom, along with the rest of her baking gear of old. Her oven no longer works, so she will not be using them anymore. I got more molds and pans, and most importantly, I also received her electric hand mixer which I’ve been using through all my baking adventures.
Going back to the banana cake, this is how it looked like unmolded:
Beautiful looking loaf! I like the fact that it fits so well in this serving dish, haha! I promptly cut a slice, so I can check how it looks like inside.
Very nice! It looked more or less like the banana cake of my childhood. Now the question is, how did it taste? It was… good, actually. The bananas can be clearly perceived, and the bread itself wasn’t heavy. However, it wasn’t quite how my grandma’s banana cake tastes like. It needs to be a little bit sweeter, and to have more bananas per bite. The next time I’ll bake a loaf, I’ll use 3 bananas and maybe a full cup of sugar. Actually, probably I’ll use a mix of white and brown sugar, because this one seems a bit lighter in color than my grandma’s.
Grandma’s Legendary Banana Cake…… I’m almost there.