I am going to put my money where my mouth is this time. I strive to give you recipes that are as good as, or better than, complicated recipes you find anywhere else. One of my favorite indulgences is anything banana. So I went to the store the other day and bought 3 lbs. of bananas with not one recipe in mind. Just make something with them that is easy, visually exciting and above all, deliciously luscious.
I remembered my father showing me the ins and outs of caramel and sugar work when I was a teenager so I brought that knowledge to a classic Brazilian dessert, but added a Yankee touch as well. I think you will find this ‘Yanked’ recipe for Bolo de Banana exceeds the classic in every way. On my blog, theyankeechef.blogspot.com, see an original recipe I found on a website for a cake that is delicious to look at, but complicated to prepare, and you tell me which you would rather make AND enjoy!
‘Yanked’ Bolo de Banana(Brazilian Banana Cake)
Banana Layer First:
In a round cake mold place about 1 3/4 c. of sugar. Place the pan over low heat until sugar dissolves and it turns copper in color. Add a 2 tablespoons of butter or margarine and either stir or whisk in until combined and spread evenly: remove pan from heat. Slice 2 bananas evenly over this sugar glaze and set aside.
2 c. flour
1 T. cornstarch
1 T. baking powder
4 eggs, divided
4 T. butter or margarine
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. maple syrup
1 c. plain yogurt
2 bananas, sliced
Preheat oven to 350-degrees F. Sift the flour, baking powder and corn starch and set asside. Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites, and beat the egg yolks with the butter and brown sugar until creamy. Add the yogurt and maple syrup. In separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in the egg whites. Pour half the batter over the banana layer and then slice the 2 bananas over this batter. Pour remainder of batter over the sliced bananas and bake 35-40 mintues, or unitl toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Remove from oven and carefully place a large enough platter or serivng dish over the top of this cake and quickly invert. You may have some caramel that leaks so do this over the sink. Cut and enjoy while warm with either creme fraiche, whipped topping or some great real vanilla ice cream.