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May 17, 2006

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Fruit cake and banana loaf

A fruit cake [L] and a banana loaf [R].

Recipe: Banana Loaf

250g butter
250g caster sugar
3 eggs
2 egg yolks
250g plain flour
2 tablespoons of rum
3 medium–large bananas

Cream the butter and sugar, then do the same with the eggs one at a time. Mix in the flour and add the rum (although be careful that it doesn't make the consistency too runny). Then mash two–three bananas before mixing that into the rest. I found that the bananas also made the mixture a little too runny, so you might want to add a little flour to make it more cakey.

Then grease a loaf–tin, and set the oven to 190c. I can't really give you a very accurate cooking time because my oven is useless. It probably should have taken about 30–45mins, but took more like 120! Best to keep an eye on it every 15mins.

If you really want it to rise, then add a teaspoon of baking powder as well.

Recipe: Fruit cake
Exactly the same as the banana loaf, except add 200g of currants, raisins and sultanas (that's 200g total, not each!) instead of banana. Might take a little longer to cook than the banana loaf depending on the size of the tin.


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