Saturday, May 26, 2007

Banana Chocolate Chip Walnut Cake

The Altitude Adjustment Section
Banana chocolate chip nut cake? Does it get any better than that? Here’s one from Susan Purdy that did not make it into the book due to space limitations, but it’s a winner! A good one to bring to the picnic or BBQ!

Ingredients for topping
1/2 cup A.P. flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
1/4 cup=1/2 stick room temp. butter

Ingredients for cake
2 cups A.P.flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons wheat germ
1 cup mashed very ripe, almost slimy banana
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup minus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 large room temp eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
2 tablespoons apple juice

Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour a 9x9 by 2 metal pan. Combine crumb ingredients in small bowl and pinch together with your fingertips till it looks crummy. Set aside. In a medium sized bowl whisk together flour, powder, soda, salt, and wheat germ. Mash bananas in a large bowl and whisk in oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture and nuts and chocolate chips. Scrape batter into prepared pan, smooth out top and cover with prepared crumbs. Bake for 38-40 minutes till golden brown, springy to the touch, and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Serve from the pan.