Is it just me or does anyone else get recipe inspiration from the weirdest things? I’ve already accepted the fact that my mind is constantly on food but it still manages to surprise me from time to time. Take for example the inspiration behind this recipe: a serious documentary on the safety of nuclear power. A nuclear physicist was explaining the low-level background radiation we live with every day illustrated by some Brazil nuts and a slice of banana cake (which contains potassium 40). And what do I think? ‘Mmm, I’ve not made banana cake in a while’. Inappropriate much?
But please don’t write off my banana loaf because it’s mildly radioactive, it’s ever so good! And I’m pretty sure the dulce de leche mitigates any negative effects.* Banana and caramel are made to go together and they make for a moist, rich cake with pockets of gooey caramel. Lime juice and zest cut through the sticky sweetness and lift the flavour of banana. Quick run to the kitchen and make this now before you have time to think it through!
Banana and caramel loaf
- 3 ripe bananas
- zest of 2 limes and juice of 1
- 75g melted butter
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 60g soft brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- a pinch salt
- 230g self-raising flour
- 250g dulce de leche
Line a 900g loaf tin and preheat oven to 175°C.
In a large bowl mash the bananas and stir in the lime zest and juice, butter, egg, sugar, vanilla and salt.
Sift the flour over the banana mixture and fold in.
Pour half of the batter into the lined tin, spread over the dulce de leche and top with the remaining batter.
Bake in the middle of the oven for 1-1¼ hours.
Remove from the tin and allow to cool completely before serving.
*This is utterly fictitious and a creation of my divisive mind.