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August 16, 2010 | by  | in Opinion |
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Brownies and banana cake

Everybody should know how to make a good brownie, and banana cake is the best way to use up old bananas. They’re both very easy recipes.

Banana Cake


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 bananas
  • 1 1/ 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/ 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons milk


  • Preheat oven to 175oC/350oF
  • Melt butter
  • Beat butter and sugar together, and add the egg
  • Mash bananas and add to mixture
  • Add flour and baking powder
  • Dissolve the baking powder in the milk, and add to mixture
  • Bake for 1 hour

Chocolate Brownie


  • 150g butter
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (optional)
  • 3/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder


  • Preheat the oven to 180oC/355oF
  • Mix flour and baking powder
  • Beat sugar and eggs separately, then add to mixture with vanilla essence
  • Melt butter in a saucepan
  • Mix the cocoa into the butter, then add them to mixture
  • Add chocolate chips (optional)
  • Bake for 25 minutes
  • When they’re baked and cooled, dust with icing sugar

Tip of the week:
When baking, I always mix the baking powder with the flour before adding it to the rest of the ingredients. It helps ensure the baking powder is spread throughout the whole mixture.

Gluten-free tip:
Just like my earlier choc-chip cookie recipe, these can be made awesomely gluten-free with the aid of mashed potato. Don’t ask me how it works, it just does! Add one small potato/half a large mashed potato to the recipe before you add your gluten-free flour. It may also pay to add an extra half-cup of flour to the recipe to prevent it being too runny after adding the potato.

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