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Recipe: Banana & Walnut Bread

Who doesn’t love a good banana bread? =)

Banana & Walnut Bread

(I used a 25 cm x 14 cm cake tin, which gives you a bread of about 5-6 cm.)


100 g butter, softened (+ a little bit for greasing the cake tin)

140 g brown sugar

1 egg

225 g plain flour

2 tsp baking powder

4 bananas (the riper, the better!), mashed

90 g walnuts, chopped

3 tbsp milk


• Pre-heat oven to 180°C.

• Grease your cake tin & line its base with parchment paper.

• Mix softened butter with egg and sugar.

• Gradually add flour and baking powder to mixture.

• Add the mashed bananas, the chopped walnuts and the milk. Mix together.

• Pour mixture into cake tin and bake for 1 hour (or until skewer comes out clean).

• Allow to cool before removing bread from tin.


April 2, 2010 at 17:18 pm 1 comment

Recipe: Wasp Nest Cake

A traditional family recipe. Made at least once a year at my Dad’s birthday (it’s his favourite cake).

Quite easy to make and delicious!

Thanks Mum for passing the recipe on to me.

Edit: Scroll down to the bottom of the post for a PDF of the recipe.

Wasp Nest Cake

Wasp Nest Cake

200 g quark
1 whole egg
3 tbsp milk
80 g sugar
1 pinch of salt
125 ml vegetable oil
400 g flour
15 g baking powder

30 g butter
50 g sugar
15 g vanilla sugar
100 g raisins
100 g grated chocolate
100 g grated hazelnuts

To glaze:
1 egg yolk

1) Mix quark with egg, milk, sugar and salt to form a smooth cream. Mix in oil.

2) Mix flour and baking powder.  Add to cream and quickly knead into a loose dough.

3) Roll out dough on a floured surface into a 50 cm x 40 cm rectangle.

4) Melt butter and distribute on dough.

5) Fire up your oven to 180°C.

6) Distribute sugar and vanilla sugar on  dough. Do the same with the raisins, the chocolate and the hazelnuts.

7) Roll up dough from the wide side.

8 ) Grease a 26 cm spring form (a 24 cm one works as well).

9) Cut roll into pieces (ca. 14). Place in the spring form with the cut surface facing up.

10) Whisk the egg yolk and coat the cut surfaces.

11) Bake for 30 min on the middle rail.


Wasp Nest Cake

Edit: Should anyone want to print the recipe, here is the PDF: Wasp Nest Cake

June 6, 2009 at 22:48 pm 3 comments

Korvapuusti & Cupcakes

Remember when I told you about the Finnish speciality I tried at an international dinner party? The korvapuusti, a kind of cinnamon / cardamom bun were my favourite that night and I vowed to make them myself one day.

Well, I did. And completely forgot to take any pictures… We were all too occupied eating them… 😉

I can just recommend again this recipe: Finnish speciality – korvaapuusti by On the way. I followed the instructions and it worked beautifully! So tasty – especially warm out of the oven!

I also tried another recipe over the weekend: Apple Banana Cupcakes from Barbara on Allrecipes. I altered the recipe a bit after reading the comments on Allrecipes. I substituted the shortening with butter and the buttermilk with vanilla yogurt. I also added finely chopped walnuts for a bit of a crunch. And I didn’t shred the apples but finely chopped them.

The cupcakes were delicious! Very tasty and moist. And I think the walnuts added that extra bit of yumminess 😉

December 16, 2008 at 18:03 pm Leave a comment


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