If you have been following my blog, you will notice that I have not used nuts in all my previous baking and cooking posts, with the exception of “how to roast cashew nuts”. The reason is that my son was not ready to consume nuts. In one instance one and a half year ago, he developed asthmatic cough after eating a small slice of pancake with grounded peanuts filling. His conditions worsened after being exposed to loosened synthetic fibre falling off from his lion dance costume. Even after his full recovery, I still avoided giving him any nuts or nuts related food in his daily diet. Only when he reached five that I started to slowly re-introduce nuts into his diet. Luckily, so far he tolerated them without any signs of allergy. That was such great joy to us as it opened up the range of food I can cook/ bake for my family! This gave me the opportunity to try out this banana walnut cake recipe that I had bookmarked for a long time. It is the kind of cake that I get to use all my favourite ingredients: bananas, walnuts and yogurt!!
Actually, this cake didn’t turn out well in my first 2 attempts. I will explain the reasons for the “failures” in the next paragraph. It was only on my 3rd attempt after making some fine tuning that I baked the most satisfying cake. My tiny kitchen was enveloped with this wonderful smell of this freshly baked cake for hours (yeah..a bit exagerated, he..he!!! ). Even though I used frozen bananas, it tasted awesome. The fragrant smell of bananas, together with the crunchy bits of walnuts will surely make you ask for more helpings! The use of yogurt helps to keep the cake soft and moist even after a day. I must say that it’s the best banana walnut cake I had tried so far (well… only 3 attempts
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While experimenting with baking this cake, I also discovered the advantage of using a small rectangular baking tin. It helped to create lovely crusts on all four sides, which is perfect for those (like my hubby) who enjoyed eating crust. But, one very important thing I learnt is that you must choose the right size of baking tin if you want your cake to rise properly. My first attempt flopped because I used the wrong size. I also made a mistake of chopping the walnuts finely instead of coarsely in my 2nd attempt. It was so fine till my hubby asked “where’s the walnuts?” Wahahaha! What a joke! All these mistakes aside, it is a very simple recipe which is worth giving it a go so you can saviour the goodness of this cake.