Tuesday, 12 January 2016

MY BANANA & LINDT CAKE | RECIPE

YES, you heard right. Banana and Lindt cake... and its so easy to make! So, I've been staring at the bunch of bananas in my flat for a few days now trying to think of something to make so I can avoid throwing them away. Being a full time student, I try to make full use of any food that I have left over, so I decided to make banana cake (with a twist). I incorporated Lindt truffles because they're my ultimate fav and, well why not?! Everybody loves them and I still have a ton of left over from Christmas that wont get eaten. The recipe was something I constructed myself, its not incredibly unhealthy (I used brown sugar and hardly any butter), but it definitely isn't for anyone sticking to a diet. It's not too heavy on your pockets either so if you're a student give it a go! Here's what you'll need and how to make it...

Ingredients

- 200g self-raising flour
- 50g soft butter 
- 3 ripe bananas
- 2 medium eggs
- 150g soft brown sugar
- 100-110g of Lindt truffles (9 or 10 truffles) - I used 6 Milk and 3 White.
- Pinch of salt
- Pinch of cinnamon (optional)

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius
2. Grease a large 10-12" tin with butter (any form of tin will be fine! I used a small, deep casserole dish, but it will work in a loaf, cake or muffin tin)
3. Make a bain-marie (place a bowl on top of a small pan of boiling water), making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn't touch the water.
4. Take the Lindt truffles out of their wrapping and place in the bowl. After 4-5 minutes or so the bottom half of the truffles will have melted.
5. Carefully get a fork and flip the truffles over so the top half of the truffle is exposed to the heat and can melt properly. 
5. Once the chocolate has melted take the bowl off the heat to cool.
6. In a mixing bowl, peel the bananas and then roughly mash them with a fork until they have a scrambled egg like appearance and consistency (eww).
7. Then, add both eggs, the butter and sugar until all ingredients are combined.
8. Next, carefully sift the self-raising flour and add it to the wet mixture along with the salt and optional cinnamon. (scroll for further instructions)9. Once the dry ingredients are incorporated with the wet, slowly drizzle the melted chocolate into the cake mix. Then, carefully fold the chocolate into the mix so you get a marble effect between the brown chocolate and banana colour. Do not let the chocolate combine completely, it will ruin the appearance of the finished cake.
10. Pour the mixture into the greased dish and place in the pre-heated oven for around 40-45 minutes, depending on your oven. (Keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't burn!)
11. After 40 minutes, take the cake out of the oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes.
12. Decorate as you wish!! I placed sliced bananas over the cake and then drizzled the remaining melted Lindt I had left over.


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