Welcome to The Geeks Saturday Cake Club!
Woohoo! In the past I have dabbled very very lightly with a little recipe posting but never really taken it seriously…that is about to change.
And so The Geeks Saturday Cake Club is born.
Let’s set a few major ground rules first….
I am absolutely 100% am not a chef, so absolutely everything I post should be easy for everyone to follow. I won’t be posting anything complicated just great tasting easy to make goodies.
I won’t post a recipe without trying it at least once.
I tend to make a lot of American recipes so expect lots of cookies, brownies and peanut butter! I always enjoy them more than British cakes so if you see an odd measurement just go with it, it’s because I have converted the recipe from the American Cup system to grams.
Last but most importantly if you decided to give any of my recipes a try I 100% expect….no I demand to see pictures on twitter or instagram – just tag me.
So let’s get started – first up is a super easy but classic banana bread with a twist.
This recipe is my Grannies basic super tasty Banana Loaf which I have gone a little funky on with the Nutella and Brown Butter Icing. Banana Loaf is such a staple in my house…usually because I buy bananas trying to be healthy and then don’t eat them.
But I say when a bad diet hands you slightly bruised bananas make a beautiful loaf baby!
I discovered brown butter icing last year and if you have never had it believe me it is a must try – it’s super easy and tastes like a kiss from an angel!
I hope you enjoy the first Geek Cake Club recipe and it tempts you to get in the kitchen and have a go.
115g Unsalted Butter at room temperature
115g Caster Sugar
1 Egg at room temperature
3 Ripe Bananas
230g Self-Raising Flour
Nutella – As required
90g Unsalted Butter
250g Icing Sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
3 to 4 tablespoons Milk
Pre-heat your over to 185C
Peel and chop up the bananas. In a bowl using a fork smash-up the chunks of banana until they become like a slightly lumpy puree. Don’t worry too much about a lumps.
In a large mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar.
Add the egg to the butter mixture and mix until totally combined. Add the mashed banana and using a wood spoon mix until well combined.
Sieve the flour into the batter and mix again using the wood spoon until just combined.
Using a little butter grease a loaf tin and pour the cake batter into the tin. Once the batter has been roughly smoothed out place dollops of nutella on top, then use a clean knife gently swirl the nutella into the cake batter.
Place in the pre-heated oven for 35 minutes. Check the cake is cooked by inserting a long thin skewer into the loaf – if the cake is ready the skewer should come out of the cake clean. If the cake is not cooked, repeat this process every 5 minutes until you get a clean skewer. Then remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before making the icing.
To Make the Frosting.
Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly and watching closely. Once the butter just starts to turn golden (approx 4 -5 minutes – the butter will get foamy and smell nutty) Remove the butter from heat. Cool completely.
Once cooled combine the browned butter, Icing Sugar and vanilla in bowl using a wooden spoon. Gradually adding enough milk for desired spreading consistency – Do not feel you have to use all or any of the milk if you like the consistency.
Immediately pour the frosting over the cooled loaf. One the icing has set cut the loaf and enjoy!