Banana Almond Cake with Caramel Sauce :

“Work is the meat of life, pleasure is the dessert.” B.C.Forbes

I have tried this recipe for Banana Almond Cake with Caramel Sauce with different variations in flavour; with cinnamon, lemon juice and zest, orange juice and zest, all spice and walnuts, and every time the outcome has been very pleasant. This recipe has been tried and tested for more than a dozen times, most recently I made it for new year’s party with figs and walnuts, and it was a hit with the guests. The heartwarming goodness of the aromatic, creamy caramel sauce and the richness of the banana cake are a real indulgence. What can be more satisfying when a recipe cooked with love is received with delight by your family and friends Happy cooking !
For Cake:
3/4 cup butter,softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup caster sugar
3 eggs
1+ 1/4 cup self raising flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 medium bananas

For Caramel Sauce:
1+1/4 cup cream
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoon instant coffee
1/2 cup almonds or nuts of your choice

What You Need To Do:
Preheat oven to 175 degrees C. Place all cake ingredients in food processor and mix for 1 minute. Pour half the mixture in a greased bread loaf pan (4 x 8). Bake for 25-30 minutes or till the skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Repeat with the other half of the mixture. To make the sauce heat all the ingredients of the sauce in a pan on medium heat till it thickens to the consistency of custard. Pour over cake…serve hot or let it set in the refrigerater for an hour or so.
(For lemon or orange flavour,add 2 tablespoons of iemon or orange juice and 1 teaspoon of zest of your chosen flavour to the cake mixture. For rich christmas flavour, add 1/2 a cup of chopped figs or dates with a teaspoon of mixed spice).
Makes two loaves of 4 x 8 inches (8-9 slices per cake).

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