Banana Loaf

This banana loaf is moist and full of flavour.  It can be frozen very successfully so I usually make two at a time and freeze one for later.

500 ml flour

125 g butter

2 eggs, beaten

4 bananas, mashed

250 ml sugar

7.5 ml baking powder

5 ml bicarbonate of soda

1 ml salt

60 ml water

Cream butter and sugar together.  Add mashed bananas and beat well.  Add beaten eggs.

Sift the flour and salt and add to the mixture with bicarb dissolved in the water.  Lastly add the baking powder.  Spoon batter into a greased and lined loaf pan.

Bake in a moderate oven (180 C) for about an hour.

Meatballs in Curry Fruit Sauce

I have copied many of my mother-in-law’s recipes over the years and this is one of them.  I can remember right after my husband and I were married thirty-something years ago how we used to go to his parents’ house every Friday night for dinner and we always got a fabulous meal, lovingly prepared by her.  She was an excellent cook and baker and way back then my cooking skills were very limited.  This recipe appeared in an Afrikaans magazine called Rooi Rose 35 years ago and won first prize in a competition.

Meatballs in Curry Fruit Sauce 2


Meatballs in Curry Fruit Sauce 3


1 thick slice white bread

250 ml water

500 grams beef mince

1 egg

1 ml nutmeg

1 ml cloves

7 ml salt

pepper

FRUIT SAUCE

2 onions,  finely choppedMeatballs in Curry Fruit Sauce

15 ml butter

15 milliliters flour

15ml curry powder

60ml red vinegar

15 ml lemon juice

325 ml water

45 ml apricot jam

5 bananas

2  grated applesMeatballs in Curry Fruit Sauce 1

15  ml sugar

2 ml salt

Soak the bread in the water and squeeze out excess.  Mix with the mince.

Add the beaten egg, nutmeg, cloves, salt and pepper and work it all together with your hands.

Roll the meat into balls and coat them with flour.  Place loosely in a deep greased dish that has a lid.

FRUIT SAUCE

Fry the onion in the butter until light brown.  Stir in the flour and curry powder and add the vinegar, lemon juice and water slowly and stir well.

Add the jam, sugar and 3 of the bananas, sliced, as well as the grated apples.  Cook slowly and keep stirring until the bananas are soft.

Slice the remainder of the bananas and place between the meatballs.  Pour the sauce over the meatballs and bake about an hour and a half in a moderate oven (180 C) with the lid on.

Serves 4 – 6

N.B.  The sauce can also be served with other meat or fish or sliced hard-boiled eggs on toast.  For curried meat:  Cook the meat in a pressure cooker.  Make the sauce and add 125 ml sultanas.  Add to the meat and cook for half an hour.  (Be careful, it burns very easily!)


Banana Spice Cake

Whenever I bake I always seem to go for the uncomplicated quick and easy recipes.  When a recipe is too complicated or takes too long to make it is not always worth the effort involved.  Here is yet another quick and easy cake to prepare.  I love the aroma of spices wafting from the oven when I bake this cake.  I make it it in two oblong (brownie) pans but I’m sure it can be made in two round sandwich cake tins just as successfully.

Banana Spice Cake

300 ml flour

200 ml castor sugar

1 ml salt

5 ml bicarbonate of soda

2 ml ground mixed spice

5 ml ground cinnamon

1 ml ground cloves

1 ml ground nutmeg

1 ml ground ginger

2 medium bananas

100 ml sunflower oil

200 ml buttermilk (or sour milk)

3 extra-large eggs

Preheat the oven to 160 C.

Sift the dry ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.

Mash the bananas and set aside.

In a mixing bowl combine the oil, buttermilk and eggs with a whisk.  Add the mashed bananas and blend them in.  Lastly add the sifted dry ingredients and mix well until blended.  (Because the cake is quick to mix it may have a coarse texture.  It is also fairly runny.)

Turn into two greased oblong pans (16 x 25 cm) and bake for 20 – 25 minutes.

When cool sandwich the two layers with the following icing  and then sift a little icing sugar on top –

70 g butter, very soft

25 ml honey

200 g icing sugar

5 ml ground ginger

Mix all the ingredients together.  Add a little water if the mixture is too stiff to spread.