CF 49/60 Baked/Steamed Banana Sunflower Oil Cake/Bread

2015-02-10
  • Servings : 8
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 60m
  • Ready In : 1:10 h

Ingredients

4 ripe bananas mashed

1 cup sunflower oil

1 cup icing sugar

2 cups self-raising flour

2 eggs

cinnamon sugar for sprinkling

Baked in a bread-maker or steamed in an egg poacher

Method

Beat the eggs then add oil and icing sugar and beat to combine. Add the mashed bananas, mix, then sift the flour into it and beat the mixture to combine well.  I baked mine sprinkled with cinnamon in the bread-maker for one hour on the bake setting and as well as a steamed portion of it in the egg poacher see picture. You could sprinkle the cinnamon before or after baking/steaming they both work well, however baked cake may not require the colour of cinnamon as much as the steamed ones because steamed cakes can look pale in this case or use yellow food colouring to add some colour back into banana! I enjoyed both cooking methods. For your information, 1 cup of the banana mixture will do 4 cakes using the egg poacher and it steamed in 10 minutes, easy dish when you don’t have time for baking. You may also bake it as muffins or simply as a log or loaf, and bake accordingly, the choice is yours. Steamed cakes were great in my students lunch box.

Variations and My Story

I had really, really ripe bananas that nobody wanted! I had to use them so I created this quick recipe and it turned out well for what I had in mind.  It was a ‘win-win’ for me because steamed cakes are nothing new to me. When I was growing up it was easier for us to steam cakes because in those days nobody bought ovens in the tropical heat. But I do remember my mother’s make-shift outdoor kitchen ‘oven’. She would put a cake tin between two metal racks with coals above and beneath. “Ah, those were the days!’ Maybe in Australia this would be done to make damper on camps in the ‘Dingo woop woop’ country not far from the ‘Never Never’ lands.  I sure have come a long way.  Even today most homes when I visit there, houses that featured in my past they still don’t have ovens. Mostly people over there just buy already made baked or steamed cakes from vendors. Both method turned out well but Stephen would have liked it sweeter for his sweet tooth! Also steam it in a cake tin if you prefer as a larger cake and cook in half the baking time then insert a skewer in the centre of the cake if it comes out clean then it is ready otherwise cook it longer. Steaming takes less time than baking so use up those ripe bananas in season and you will be pleasantly surprised, bananas that may have been frozen previously may be used in this recipe too.  Enjoy!

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