This recipe for banana pecan cake stemmed from a well-loved recipe on the New York Times.
Following recipes has never been my style—I’m guess many of you are the same way. I like to have an outline, but then I go from there: Frosting? Hmm, too much sugar for an afternoon snack for me. Will this work with a gluten-free flour blend? Let’s give it a shot. Ingredient by ingredient I swap in and swap out. This is how I like to navigate a kitchen, and I find, when I follow my gut, I like the output more.
Everyone has unique tastes and preferences. It’s for that reason that I hope everyone will do some tweaking and twisting while they prep their dinners. It’s for their own good! There have been countless times when I followed a recipe to a “T” and later regretted it, wishing I had swerved in a different direction.
Baking (more of a science) provides less wiggle room for adjustments, though you can still make changes if you know your ingredients well. An easy personalization here would be to swap pecans for walnuts, or leave out the nuts all together. I know that nuts are an extremely divisive ingredient in banana bread … the original NYTimes version does not call for them, however since I skipped the frosting, I wanted to add something that would give this cake a second dimension. No regrets.
The line between bread and cake is blurry, especially when it comes to sweet breads, like banana bread. It is really bread? You can call it what you want — I’m calling this one a cake, though, it’s a cake I would (and do) eat for breakfast.
Serves: 9 | Active Time: 50 minutes
- Preheat oven to 350°F and fit a 9 inch square baking dish with parchment paper.
- In a medium mixing bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, banana, eggs, yogurt, and vanilla extract using an electric mixer.
- Add flour, salt, and baking soda and blend until a uniform batter forms.
- Spread batter in an even layer in the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with pecan pieces.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick, inserted into the middle, comes out clean.
- Allow to cool 10 minutes, then lift from baking dish and slice into squares. Serve.