That recipe was glued into an old, black hard cover exercise book I had for recipes I had collected over the years. Unfortunately, after my move to Ilha Formosa, almost 8 years ago, I haven't been able to locate that book again. I mentioned it to fellow South African expat, Connie the other day and she has that exact, same recipe! Thank you, Connie! It was a joyous reunion.
This cake (or fruit loaf, if you want) is super easy to make and it works in our little Taiwan ovens, too. The ingredients are easy to remember; mostly a cup (250ml) of everything and one or two teaspoons of everything else. If you have never baked anything else in your life, THIS is where you should start!
|Photo by Shanglin Wu|
Carrot & Banana Cake
- 250ml sugar
- 250ml sunflower oil ( I would suggest that you don't use olive oil as it has a strong flavour)
- 3 eggs
- pinch of salt
- 375ml flour
- 15ml ground cinnamon
- 10ml baking powder
- 5ml bicarbonate of soda (also called baking soda)
- 250ml (2 big or 3 smallish) ripe bananas, mashed with a fork
- 250ml roughly grated carrots
- 125ml finely chopped nuts (optional, but it does make the texture more interesting)
- Preheat the oven to 180C.
- Cream together (that means beat together) the sugar, oil, eggs and salt until the sugar is dissolved.
- Sift together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda; and add to egg mixture.
- Stir in the banana, grated carrots and nuts. Stir until well mixed.
- Dump the whole lot into a greased loaf tin and pop it in the oven for +/- an hour, or until a skewer comes out clean.
- This is a fruit loaf, so the top crust will crack - it's supposed to look like that!
- Because our ovens in Taiwan can be very temperamental, take care not to burn the top of the cake while the inside is still raw. When the top of your cake has reached the desired level of brownness, simply cover it with a sheet of foil to keep it from burning.