Monday, August 23, 2010

Banana Sponge Squares

1 cup caster sugar
2 large eggs (separated)
50 mils milk
1 tsp vanilla
60gr butter
2 bananas
50gr ( ½ cup) chopped walnuts.
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder

In a mixing bowl beat together the caster sugar and egg yolks with an electric beater.
When light and creamy (you may have to scrapedown the edges of the bowl a couple of times during this process)
Beat in the milk and vanilla a bit at a time so it continues to be creamy.
Gradually add the melted butter beating in well after each addition.
I add a tablespoon of the flour to stop it curdling.
Gently fold in the mashed bananas and walnuts.
Gently fold in the flour and baking powder that you have sifted.
Lastly beat the egg whites stiffly in a separate bowl with clean beaters and just fold in to the batter.
Tip in to a well lined baking tray (I use a 30 x 23cm tin)
Spread the surface level and bake at 180ºC for 25-30 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
Turn out on to a wire rack and let cool completely before dusting with icing sugar or dribble with icing.

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