Walnut Banana Cake with Chocolate Ganache

IMG_1496Hello all– If you’re as nutty about nuts as I am, you’ll love this cake– plus there’s banana and there’s chocolate.  But the cake is loaded with walnuts and has candied walnuts up on top.  It’s a crunchy, banana-y, fudgy delight.

WALNUT BANANA CAKE WITH CHOCOLATE GANACHE

Cake:
3 very ripe bananas
1  1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup oil
3 eggs
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

Ganache:
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tab. butter
8 oz. chocolate chips (1  1/3 cups)

Nuts on top:
1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup sugar

IMG_1502Smash the bananas with a fork until they are thoroughly smushed.  Then stir in the sugar, oil and eggs.  Next mix in  the flour, baking powder and salt.  Fold in 1 cup of chopped walnuts.

Spoon the batter into a 9″x13″ baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. (–or I used a 10 1/2″ springform pan so I could serve it out of the pan)

Drop into a 350 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes, until the cake is even browned and firm to the touch.

Take the cake from the oven and let it cool.

Ganache:

To make the ganache, bring the cream and butter to a low simmer in a heavy pan on the stove top.  Take it off the heat and stir in the chocolate chips until they melt.

Beat the mixture for 3 or 4 minutes to bring out the gloss.  Then spoon the ganache over the cake.

Sugared Nuts:

In a heavy skillet, mix together the 1/3 cup sugar and 1 cup walnuts.  Stir over medium heat until the sugar completely melts and turns a pretty caramel color and coats the nuts.  Keep stirring the whole time or it may burn!

Turn the nuts out of the pan onto a piece of foil, separating them with your spoon as they land on the foil and let them cool.

When they are cooled sprinkle them over the cake.   Bon appetit!

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