• Jo Arnoup

Coffee, Gin AND Nearly 50! (Chapter 4)

Updated: May 6, 2019


When life gives you over-ripe banana's.. What do you do with them ?


I sometimes hang them outside as the butterflies love them, freeze them for smoothies or I bake a cake or muffins


Today I tried out a new recipe.. partly followed and partly made up too and even though I say so myself it's bloody scrumptious !! The kitchen smelt amazing whilst mixing and cooking.. a banana, coffee nutty smell.

It reminded me of my childhood when Mum baked, which now a days she does on a daily basis as she is always making cakes for a cake sale to raise money for local charities, groups in the village where I grew up. Her speciality is Lemon Drizzle Cake, although I have made it quite a few times I can never quite make it like Mum's. I guess that is where my love of baking and cooking has come from.. My Mum Sue.

Although I cook things she would never dream of cooking and would never eat !!


As you might of gathered by now, as much as I can, I add coffee to everything !!


This recipe has Espresso Coffee which I used our Super Fuel Italian Roast Blend Coffee made in our Melitta Bean to Cup machine. You could use a stove top to make a great espresso coffee too. I then used our Kickstart Blend Coffee very finely ground for the topping. Things always taste better with fresh hand roasted coffee and luckily for me it's always on hand to use.


When in the kitchen I always like to have some music on..sometimes I ask Alexa to play something I randomly ask for.. It could be 80's, Take That, Boyzone, Adele, Spice Girls, Abba, Neil Diamond , Shania Twain,The Jam... The list is endless of my bizarre choice of music or Ijust grab a CDoff the stack and bang that in the stero !!

If anyone ever filmed me home alone cooking in my kitchen you would think I had lost the plot. I do all the dance moves too as well as sing out of tune. I haven't quite got to the stage of singing into my wooden spoon; I am sure it will come one day.

You can usually find me donning my "Her Ladyship" apron in bright pink which my Dad & Step Mum bought me for my birthday !! I wonder what they were trying to tell me !! I think it might of come from my apperance on "Come Dine With Me" a few years back now !!


So here is my recipe.... Please let me know if you give it a go & post your pictures on our facebook or instagram account tagging us in them !! A great cake to have with with a cup of Give It some Beans Coffee (recommended - C-Type Colombian Supremo Medium Roast or Supercharged -Nicaraguan Jinotega Dark Roast.



Give It Some Beans Coffee, Banana & Walnut Cake

Ingredients :-

100g Softened Unsalted Butter

145g Golden Caster Sugar

1 Large Egg

2 Over Ripe Bananas (Mashed)

240g Self Raising Flour

1/2 Teaspoon Bicarb of Soda

60ml Espresso Coffee (Cold)

Topping

50g Chopped Walnuts or you could use Pecan Nuts oreven Hazelnuts- or if you have a nut allergy why not use Chocolate Drops -All go great with Coffee

2 Tablespoons of Dark Brown Sugar

1 Tablespoon of Finely Ground Espresso Coffee Beans


Method

Pre-heat the oven to 180oC / 160oC (fan assisted)

Grease & line either a 20cm Round Cake take or a 2lb Loaf Tin - Cooking times take slightly longer in a loaf tin.


Using a electric mixer (Either Stand or Hand Held) Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.

Beat in egg and mashed banana until blended (Looks a bit curdled).


Add Flour & Bicarb of soda a little bit at a time (I never sift flour but you can if you prefer) a couple of tablespoons at a time along with the espresso coffee (a few teaspoons or dribbles at a time). If you have the mixer going make sure the mixer is not on too a higher setting otherwise the flour will go every where and make a mess of your kitchen.

Keep mixing until all is used and you have your cake batter. I always turn the power up on the mixer for the last minute to get some air into the batter.


Once the batter is all mixed pour this into your prepared tin. Mix the Walnuts, Brown Sugar & Finely Ground Coffee together and then spoon over the top of the batter.


Place the tin into your oven (Middle Shelf) and set your timer for 35 minutes... You can then clean up, make yourself a coffee and wait !!


Check to make sure the cake is cooked by inserting a scewer into the middle of the cake. If it comes out clean then the cake is ready, if not pop back in the oven for a few minutes and keep checking until it is ready.


Once cooked take out of the oven placing the cake tin onto a cooling rack for 10 minutes to cool down a bit and then remove the cake from the tin and remove lining and allow to cool.


Serving suggestions - Whipped Cream or just eat on it's own!!!Or if you have any suggestions let me know


Happy Baking and Eating !!!


72 days & counting !!







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