Tuesday, November 16, 2010

los geht's, a word of warning, and cake!

an honest confession to kick things off: a title which would probably better capture this blog's purpose/imminent fate might be something like,

"experimental kitchen creations that don't necessarily end up looking to-die-for delicious but which (usually) turn out tasting purdy good."

that said, muffins on sunday felt - as a title - crisper.

but let's cut the small talk and get down to the thing on everyone's mind: cake. the first recipe we tried turned out, not surprisingly, to be both over-the-top and really tasty! you've had apple-banana cake, sure, but this takes the fruit ingredients to a whole new level. the recipe is inspired by smitten kitchen's mom's apple cake and the craft begin's banana-pear bread. i've tried and loved both, but i still think this newest creation is my favorite, combining all the pleasures of a banana loaf with chunks of cinammon-y apple in every bite!


3 overripe, mashed bananas
5 medium sized apples (or pears, if that's more your thang)
1 1/2 c. flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
2 eggs
1 cup sugar (you can also use 3/4 cup if you prefer it less sweet)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tbsp. vanilla
2 tbsp. cinnamon

preheat oven to 350 degrees. grease a tube or bunt cake pan. peel, core and chop apples into chunks. toss with cinnamon and set aside.

in a large bowl, mix together bananas, eggs, sugar, cooking oil, vanilla, and half the apples. beat until well mixed. in another bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and a pinch of salt. add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir with until it’s well moistened but still lumpy.

pour half of batter into the pan. spread about half the remaining apples over it. pour the remaining batter over the apples and arrange the last apples on top. bake for about 1 hour, or until a tester comes out clean. enjoy!!