Banana and Yoghurt Cake is one of my children’s favourite treats. I love the nostalgia this cake brings me and I am so excited to share the recipe with you as I step out of my comfort zone on my blog and begin what I hope will be a weekly series delivered to you on Tasty Tuesdays!
My mother was a great cook when we were growing up and, well, she still is. She cooks real food, from the heart and seems to make even the most boring food taste like it should be in a five-star restaurant.
Everything we ate when we were children, came from our farm. Most of the ingredients she used she made from scratch. It wasn’t that my Mum was a fanatic about health (although she was conscious of eating healthily) or being a hippy, 70s parent, it was merely because my parents had very little money.
They used the space they had on the farm to grow fruit and vegetables, rear beef and chickens and milk cows. Nothing was wasted and Mum became very efficient at making ordinary, everyday ingredients into beautiful, country-cooked meals.
Now, I don’t profess to have inherited her gift with food but I have, overtime, managed to nut out some of her (and my) favourite recipes. It has been a trial as often her descriptions for recipes go something like this:
“Beat a handful of sugar and an egg together. Add a dash of milk and stir in a pound of flour” ~ Mum
Ok, Mum, so how many tablespoons of sugar would that be? Yeah, so as you can see, she’s not so great on the details but I think I have managed to get some proportions together and replicate some of her delicious meals and scrumptious baking.
I intend to share these with you for as long as I can get her to share them with me.
First up, I would like to share this delicious Banana Yoghurt Cake with you. My Mum actually dislikes Bananas a lot! But we grew them in abundance on our farm and therefore they had to be used.
So I have many fond memories of smashing up bananas whilst my mother gagged over the smell and then eating warm banana cake straight from oven. It was the only cake, Mum let us eat more than one piece of at a time because she just wanted to see it gone. I hope you enjoy it!
Banana and Yoghurt Cake
125g softened butter (free tip 1: if it is not softened it will not cream!) (free tip 2: warm the bowl and beaters with hot water before creaming if the butter is not quite soft enough)
3/4 cup castor sugar
3/4 cup mashed banana (3 overripe bananas)
200g greek yoghurt
1 cup wholemeal self-raising flour
1 cup white self-raising flour
Grease a 15cm x 25cm loaf tin and line the bottom with the wrapper from the butter. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, add egg, beat until combined. Stir in banana and yoghurt then add sifted flours. Spread mixture into prepared pan and bake in oven for 1 hour or until skewer comes out clean.
(Free tip 3: check cake with a skewer when the baking aromas in the house start to intensify as this is a good sign it is nearly done. An over-cooked cake is a dry cake!)
I would love for you to take a photograph of your Tasty Tuesday Meal and share it with us all on the Peaceful Parents, Confident Kids Facebook Page with a link to the recipe or on Instagram using the hashtag #ppcktastytuesday