Banana brownie cake

I was having a chilled out morning, surfing the net. I found an easy brownie recipe on the Betty Crocker website and decided to try it. In fact, my day was so easy that I forgot to write it down. I made the brownies while reading the recipe online and didn’t bother to jot it down. I did save the link though, but when I went back to it for this post it was gone! (-_-) They have reworked their entire website and the recipe I used is no longer there. It was such a lovely easy to make recipe. Good one for when you have impromptu guests and they plan to hang around for a while.

the brownies
the brownies

Just as I was dusting with icing sugar, my neighbour called. It wasn’t an emergency but I could tell something was up. She first apologised, she wanted me to know that it’s because she had confidence in my ability to do something about the situation, not because she thinks of me a trash disposal (O_0)

I said “Ooookaaaay!”

She went on to tell me that she had over ripened bananas, the peel had turned black but they were still firm, she wanted me to do something with them. I burst out laughing! “You didn’t have to be so dramatic about it!” I told her. The way she set that up you’d think it was something really serious!!

the banana brownie cake
the banana brownie cake

And this is how the Banana brownie recipe came about! (^_^)

I wondered if I should make this post at all but I figured there had to be  another easy brownie recipe out there that would yield the same results. So I did a bit of searching and found this one. It is very close to the original one I used. The only difference my be the number of eggs used in this one. And just in case that link disappears too, here is how it goes:

Ingredients:
2 cups white sugar
1 cup butter
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup walnut halves

Then the instructions say to melt the butter (or margarine), and then mix in all the other ingredients one by one in the order that they’ve been given.  Once done, place in a greased pan and bake for 350°F (180°C) for 20 to 30 minutes.

My modifications to make the cake went like this:
added 1/4 cup milk
reduce sugar to 3/4 cup
used self raising flour
skipped the walnuts
skipped the baking powder
added one banana mashed with fork

mashing the banana
mashing the banana

Yes, I reduced the sugar. Something that I’ve started to a lot lately. Some cakes even taste better with less sugar. In this case though, the over ripened banana addition meant I was adding lots of sugar anyway.

mixing butter and sugar
melted the butter over a pot of boiling water, then added sugar
the coco and flour
the cocoa and flour measured and ready to be added
ready for the oven
batter ready for the oven
done!
done!

Once baked, dust with icing sugar before cutting to serve.

yummy!
yummy!

See how quick and no fuss that is?

Husband Ratings
Brownie Rating: ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆
Banana brownie cake Rating: ★★★★★★★★★½

Yes, that good! Try it out sometime when you need to save a banana from the bin (^_^)

 

About aika

Making, eating and sharing good food are a splendid way to start, brake and end a day! I post good eats on www.pendolamama.co.ke. Life is a feast, eat up!

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