My elder daughter loves to eat her toasts with Nutella and banana slices. Nutella, though delicious, contains too much sugar. I’ve decided to make her something that is less sweet and this is it! I tried playing with my vanilla chiffon cake recipe by adding mashed banana and cocoa powder to it. Since ripe banana is naturally very sweet, I was able to further reduce the sugar amount by about 20%. And brown sugar definitely goes well better than white sugar in this cake. After several trials, I kind of got my best result. Please note that the meringue has to be a bit stiffer than normal in order to support the heavy weight of the mashed banana.
Chocolate Banana Chiffon Cake
80 g cake flour
15 g unsweetened cocoa powder
10 g dark brown sugar
1/8 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda (omit this and use 1/2 tsp baking powder if using granulated sugar and Dutch-processed cocoa powder)
4 large egg yolks
1 (about 120 g) very ripe banana, mashed
40 g milk
50 g canola oil
1/4 tsp vanilla bean paste
4 large egg whites
40 g dark brown sugar
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
梳打粉 1/8茶匙 (用細砂糖和鹼化可可粉的話不用加，改用1/2茶匙泡打粉)
成熟香蕉 (壓成泥) 1隻 (約120克)
Mash banana with a fork. Separate the egg whites and egg yolks. Preheat oven to 325ºF/160ºC.
To make the yolk batter，combine the sifted cake flour and cocoa powder, brown sugar, baking powder and baking soda in a mixing bowl. Mix well and make a well in the centre. Add mashed banana, milk, oil, vanilla bean paste and egg yolks in the well and whisk gently until combined.
To make the meringue, place egg whites in a clean mixing bowl. With an electric mixer, whip egg whites until foamy. Add cream of tartar (to stabilize the meringue) and continue to beat until soft peak forms. Then slowly add brown sugar in batches and continue beating until glossy and firm peak forms.
Add one third of the meringue to the yolk batter and mix well to lighten. Add the remaining meringue in two batches. Fold gently and thoroughly with a spatula until you see no streaks of white. Do it quickly but gently so as not to deflate the meringue.
Pour batter into an unprepared 7-inch chiffon cake pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Tap pan against the kitchen counter several times to get rid of any large air bubbles. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of cake comes out clean (adjust time according to your own oven). Invert the pan and place on a bottle to cool cake completely before removing from pan (I usually do this by hand to get a smooth finish). Let the cake rest for half a day or overnight so the banana flavor can be fully developed.
將麵糊倒入七吋中空模中 (不用抹油) ， 用膠刮抹平表面, 將模具住桌上輕敲幾下敲出較大的氣泡，放入焗爐焗30-35分鐘至熟或竹籤插入不沾麵糊 (請自行跟根據自家焗爐調整時間) ，出爐後立刻放在酒瓶上倒扣，放涼後可甩模 (EC用不留刀痕的徒手脱模方法) ，放半天或過夜才吃香蕉味會更豐富。
Makes a seven-inch cake.
Use very ripe banana for a richer banana taste. This banana wasn’t ready yet. If I didn’t put a note on, my family member would think the banana was rotten and dump this into the garbage.
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