Husband treats our banana trees like his babies. He keeps them fed and watered, and when the time is right covers the bunches with plastic bags to keep the birds from gorging on their sweet fingers before we get to eat them.
When they are ripe we have more bananas than we know what to do with, and I am instructed to use them however I can, while he does his bit by having bananas mashed with lemon juice on toast for lunch each day.
They are a finger bananas and I am unsure what breed exactly. Many people are surprised we can grow and eat our own bananas in Auckland being a temperate rather than a tropical climate. We have had bananas in a precious garden not far away but they never ripened as well as these do. These are fat little finger bananas with a lovely flavour.
I made the Seriously Good Banana and Walnut Cake to satisfy husband I was using his treasures. It took about 12 bananas for this recipe , but there are still a heap more to be used up. At the moment we are giving them away when we can.
Brought up baking from a young age I love to make delicious cakes to share with family and friends. Much like my mother, I can be one of those cooks who measure by "eye" rather than with a measure, and invariably add in or take out ingredients depending on what is in my cupboard. However, I do also appreciate the need to follow a recipe exactly for best results, as the "pour it in" method is really for those who have done a lot of baking over many years. I use this method for new recipes. So come share my recipes and learn some baking skills if you are not confident.