Bananas Foster Coffee Cake

Have ripe bananas? Whatever you do, do NOT throw them out!! Use them in this recipe, or freeze them now and use them later in this recipe. This coffee cake is THAT good! Did I mention that breakfast is my favorite meal of the day? IMG_1712.JPGINGREDIENTS 
 
2 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 1/2 c. packed dark brown sugar
2 eggs
3 large bananas, very ripe (defrosted, if frozen)
2 frozen chopped and chunked banana (If unavailable, add one extra ripe banana.)
2 tsp. vanilla (splash)
1 tsp. cinnamon (dash)
5 tbsp. rum (or imitation rum)
DIRECTIONS 
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray bread or bundt pan well, with a light cooking spray. (Do not use flour.)
Mix all dry ingredients thoroughly, into a large mixing bowl. (I use my KitchenAid stand mixer.)
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Add 1 c. brown sugar, eggs, butter, vanilla and 1 Tbsp. rum. Mix well, until smooth.
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Add frozen banana chunks.
Pour into bundt or bread pan, filling about 3/4 full. Place cake in preheated oven.
While the cake is in the oven, make the “Bananas Foster” topping. In a small saucepan, bring 1/2 c. brown sugar, remaining rum and bananas to a boil. Stir mixture with a plastic spatula often, being careful not to let the sugar burn. Once the mixture reaches boiling, cook for about 1 minute, and remove from heat.
Bake cake in the oven for about 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Edges will be crisp, but center will be moist. If you prefer a firmer texture, cook for about 15 more minutes. Once removed from oven, place pan on a cooling rack for about 15 minutes. Then, carefully turn pan upside down and lay it down, on a cooling rack. Lightly tap on the bottom of the pan, around all sides. Gently pull pan straight up. You should be able to feel the cake separate from the pan as you lift up.
Top with Bananas Foster topping…ice cream or whipped topping would turn this health-y-ish breakfast cake into a delicious dessert.

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We (Sweet Basil Farms) are an 80 acre working farm, consisting of large vegetable, fruit and herb gardens, fruit orchards and livestock. We put great emphasis on natural gardening, growing and livestock management practices. We raise and breed Pyredoodles, Great Pyrenees and Standard Poodles. We also breed and sell poultry, pet pigs, pygmy goats and over 300 varieties of bearded irises and so much more. We are proud of our school partnerships members of Georgia Grown, and believe strongly in helping to promote our fellow farmers, producers and growers and our local economy.

We, both David and I, have always had a passion for growing flowers and plants, deeply rooted from our Grandmothers’ teachings. We, like everyone, began to make a more conscience effort to eat healthy and naturally grown fresh food. Since we have 80 acres, we began by adding a “small” acre and a half vegetable garden. When people began driving an hour or two, just to buy our home grown tomatoes and cucumbers, we realized there was a real need in many communities for busy families like ours.

An 1840’s General Store situated on our property. Because it is right next to my garden spot, and had a porch to cool off in our hot Georgia summer, it quickly became our on-site “Farmers Market”. The old General Store, once the central hub for a bustling railroad community, also served many important roles in the community of Goggans, and was even a United States Post Office (until the 1960’s). This building is a Historical landmark, and sits adjacent to the old “Doctor’s Building”, which is rumored to have served as a Courthouse, jail, and dentist office. There is a church and cemetery where the founding families of “Goggans” were laid to rest. The wagon trail road where the townsfolk would ride down to the creek, is still visible in the winter. The history on our property, rich with farming and community purpose, greatly inspired us to serve our community in a new and exciting way. We believe the old General Store served it’s greatest purpose, by inspiring our Farmers Market To You program.

 James 2:14-26  tells us that our faith is dead without works. Our business model is based upon that. The first fruits of our harvest is always given to God. While it is not necessarily the “temple” as it was thousands of years ago, there are many worthy organizations in our community with structures in place, which help us to effectively share the fresh healthy fruits and vegetables with the people in need.

This recipe blog post by Tisha Johnson Matthews, of Sweet Basil Farm & Gardens. Special thanks to J. David Matthews, of Barnesville, Georgia for support and patience with all that I try and test.

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