Monday, November 29, 2010

The Best Banana Bundt Cake

I had four bananas that were so ripe that I thought they might turn into goo if I let them go one more day. Usually I would make a banana bread and call it a day. Today I just wasn't feeling it. I was concerned that I might fall asleep from boredom if I made one more banana bread. There had to be something else I could do with the bananas. 

I snooped around the internet and found The Best Banana Bundt Cake recipe by Dorie Greenspan. It had great reviews and I had everything I needed in my pantry.  

It came out beautifully. A moist cake that was lighter than my usual banana bread. My only issue was,  I was so excited to slice and eat it that I forgot to take a picture until much later. So here are photos of less than half the cake!

The Best Banana Bundt Cake 

By Dorie Greenspan

Ingredients

    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 8 ounces unsalted butter, at room temperature ( 1/2 cup or 2 sticks)
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    • 2 large eggs, preferably at room temperature
    • about 4 very ripe bananas, mashed ( 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 cups)
    • 1 cup plain yogurt (or a combination of the two) or 1 cup sour cream ( or a combination of the two)

Directions

  1. Center a rack in the oven and preheat to 350°F Generously butter a 9- to 10-inch (12 cup) Bundt pan. (If you use a silicone pan there's no need to butter it.) Don't place the pan on a baking sheet - you want the oven's heat to circulate through the Bundt's inner tube.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking soda and salt together.
  3. Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the butter until creamy. Add the sugar and beat at medium speed until pale and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla, then add the eggs one at a time, beating for about 1 minute after each egg goes inches Reduce the mixer speed to low and mix in the bananas. Finally, mix in half the dry ingredients (don't be disturbed when the batter curdles), all the sour cream and then the rest of the flour mixture. Scrape the batter into the pan, rap the pan on the counter to debubble the batter and smooth the top.
  4. Bake for 65-75 minutes, or until a thin knife inserted deep into the center of the cake comes out clean. Check the cake after about 30 minutes - if it is browning too quickly, cover it loosely with a foil tent. Transfer the cake to a rack and cool for 10 minutes before unmolding onto the rack to cool to room temperature. If you have time, wrap the cooled cake in plastic and allow it to sit overnight before serving - it's even better the next day.
  5. OPTIONAL LEMONY WHITE ICING: Sift 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar into a bowl and squeeze in enough fresh lemon juice (start with 2 teaspoons and add more by drops) to make an icing thin enough to drizzle down the Bundt's curves.
  6. MUFFIN OPTION: Halve the recipe. You can add nuts or chocolate chips. Bake 28-32 minutes. Yields 12 muffins. 
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