There is a walnut tree in our garden which is probably about 40 years old. This year, it has produced a bumper crop*.
So what can we do with so many walnuts?
NUTTY RECIPE NUMBER 1
Easy Banana & Walnut Cake
75g semi-salted butter
110g caster sugar
1 large, beaten egg
Grated rind of 1 lemon
225g flour + raising agent
4 ripe bananas
75g chopped walnuts
Pre- heat your oven to 180°. Put buttered, greaseproof paper into a deep cake tin.
Put butter, sugar, beaten egg, flour & raising agent in a large bowl.
Slice & mash* bananas with a fork in a smaller bowl.
Mix the sugar, butter & flour using an electric whisk. (Don’t worry if it looks dry at this stage.)
Add the lemon rind, the mashed bananas & the walnuts. Mix together with a fork.
Pour the mixture into the cake tin.
Bake in the centre of the oven at 180° for 45 minutes, until golden.
This cake is delicious warm or cold, with a cup of coffee or a cup of English tea!
*a bumper crop = more fruit or vegetables than usual.
* to mash = to crush fruit or vegetables, eg:mashed potatoes
* »going nuts » = (idiomatic expression) to become mad or crazy