My friends are moving into a new apartment today, and since we’re now neighbors (definitely the good news of the week, nay, of the month) I’m headed over there later today for an improvised housewarming party. There will be French champagne and foie gras, that’s how my friend usually improvises.
My first thought for an improvised housewarming gift was salt (so that life may always have flavor) and bread (so your home may never know hunger.) Okay, great Phoebe quote, but then at the grocery store I thought: ‘isn’t cake a far better option?’. Cake is always the better option.
This is as improvised as it gets: if you have 10 minutes to spare and eggs and flour lying around, you’re all set. And it works, everytime.
Chocolate chip banana cake
Prep time : 5 minutes
Cooking time : 40-50 minutes
- 3 bananas, preferably ripe
- 1 ¾ cup flour
- ½ cup sugar, or brown sugar (even better!)
- 6 tbsp + 2 tsp butter, melted
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp rum (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a cake pan with butter, set aside.
Mix flour, sugar and eggs together. Add the melted butter and mix 1 minute, until ingredients have blended.
Mash bananas with a fork, then add them to the mixture, and mix.
Add chocolate chips and baking powder. (Add rum.)
Pour into the pan, and bake for 40-50 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out almost clean.
- don’t overbake, this cake is better slightly undercooked.
- you can omit chocolate chips, and add 2 tbsp of rum instead, it makes for a deliciously moist rum banana cake.
Source: adapted from marmiton.org