Take one new recipe book purchased in a lovely Hay-on-Wye bookshop by the lovely Melanie. Add one brief browse through to choose what cake to bake for our final evening of a wonderful week’s retreat at the farm. No dulce de leche toffee stuff in the larder? Easy, the sauce from our sticky toffee pudding recipe will do perfectly. What’s more, as well as putting toffee into the cakes, we’ll pour toffee all over them too. And so, the banoffee cakes were born. And eaten.
Banoffee Cakes (Makes 12)
225g plain flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
0.5tsp bicarbonate soda
150g caster (fine) sugar
2 ripe bananas
2 medium eggs
4 tbl yoghurt
½ tsp vanilla essence
110g Brown Sugar
First make the toffee sauce: Gently melt the butter & brown sugar in a non-stick pan, and stir until the sugar has all melted. The butter is unlikely to get absorbed, don’t worry about that. Just get the sugar melted, then take it off the heat, beat in the double cream. It’ll all look & smell irresistible. However, resist and put to one side.
Now for the cake:
Pop cases into a 12-cake muffin tray.
Mash the bananas to a pulp. Beat the eggs.
In a big bowl, mix together all the dry stuff – the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and caster sugar.
Melt the butter on a very gentle heat – you want liquid yellow butter, not burny brown butter.
When you’ve got everything ready, add the bananas, eggs, yoghurt, vanilla and melted butter to the flour etc. and beat briefly until all combined.
Spoon the mixture into your 12 cake cases.
Add a teaspoon of the toffee sauce on top of each cake. It doesn’t need to look pretty, its job is to seep through your cakes as they cook.
Bake in the oven at 190C (Aga roasting oven with cold shelf) for 15 minutes, then check them and turn the tray around if one side is going browner than the other. They should be done after 15-25 minutes depending on your oven.
Turn the cakes out on to a baking rack to cool (or get nearly cool if someone is already pleading for afternoon tea.)
Put them on a plate, drizzle with the toffee sauce – which will probably overflow with happy toffeeness… and eat.
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