Combination Cake with an ANZAC twist

Got my therapeutic bake on yesterday.  I had forgotten how comforting it is to relax into familiar recipies and their methods, measuring, melting and mixing.   I didnt really realise how stressful the last few weeks/months have been until the rhythm of the bake settled upon me and my breathing calmed.  In each recipe there is the collective wisdom and love passed down to me by Nanas, Nans, Aunts and others that have baked these goodies time and time again….. and there was a lone banana, left in the fridge from my fathers visit….black skinned, squishy and just screaming Banana Cake!!!!

One Banana does not a banana cake make…my recipe needs three good sized ones so adaptation was required….and I really wanted to do something with an ANZAC biscuit twist but had no rolled oats…..oh dear.  So here is what I made.

Loch katrine Cake, Banana Cake, ANZAC slice

Thats right – it is a combo cake… Loch Katrine Cake crossed with a Banana Cake topped with ANZAC Crumble and some Peanut Brownies in the background.

Pastry Base

  • 50 grams Butter
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • Milk to mix
  • 3 Tablespoons Banana Jam  (or Apricot or whatever)
  • 1 Cup Currants
  1. Place Flour & Baking Powder in bowl
  2. Rub Butter into flour until crumbly
  3. Mix to a firm dough with milk
  4. Roll out and use to line a greased slice pan (20x30cm)
  5. Spread with Jam

 

Banana Cake

  • 60 grams soft Butter
  • 2/3 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Banana – Ripe and squishy
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1¼ Cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Baking Soda
  1. Put Butter, Sugar, Egg, Banana and Vanilla in bowl
  2. Beat well until kind of smooth
  3. Add Flour, Baking Powder & Soda
  4. Mix until smooth
  5. Spread over the pastry and level off

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Topping

  • 3 Tablespoons Chopped nuts (Almond, Walnut, Cashew)
  • 1 Tablespoon Shredded Coconut
  • 1 Tablespoon Brwon Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Melted Butter
  1. Mix all together
  2. Sprinkle onto cake
  3. Bake at 180º for 30 – 35 mins

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And while that was in the oven I mixed up the Peanut Brownies.….

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