Saturday, September 4, 2010

Banana Pound Cake

Hey Everyone,
Sorry for not posting in a while, my life has gotten a little hectic..trying to juggle 3 jobs leaves me not much time to cook and blog. :)
Although last weekend I did finally have time to bake a little something. I find it very relaxing to bake and the end result is always satisfying! :)
I made a banana pound cake that was just out of this world, it was so light and tasty. I think the ground ginger and lemon zest really added another dimension to the pound cake.
Here is the recipe:
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 1/2 medium, very ripe bananas, mashed, about 3/4 cup
2 1/2 cups cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk or milk
1 tablespoon freshly zested lemon or orange peel

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream butter in a large bowl, gradually add the sugar, beat until pale and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time. After eggs are in, beat several minutes until mixture is smooth and very pale. Beat in bananas.
In another bowl sift together flour, baking powder, salt and ginger. Combine milk and vanilla in a small bowl. Beating at low speed add dry ingredients in thirds alternating with milk mixture. Stir in lemon zest.
Pour and scrape batter into a lightly greased bundt pan or 2 loaf pans, spreading evenly. Bake for 1 hour or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 15 minutes. Then turn out of pan and cool completely.

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