I felt like a fruit salad the other day but because it was freezing cold and wintery outside I did not feel like cold fruit. I decided then and there to make a baked fruit salad. For me, a fruit salad is not specific fruit – it’s just fruit that you have in your bowl. On that day I had guavas, bananas, apples and pears. I just cored them and baked these with star anise, cinnamon, brown sugar and butter.
It formed this delicious yummy tropical caramel-like sauce at the bottom and was devilish delicious with a dollop of ice cream. Sometimes in life, you have to do things differently. Try it, it sometimes holds some delightful surprises.
baked fruit salad
- 1 Apple, cored and cut into quarters
- 1 Pear, cored and cut into quarters
- 1 Banana, peeled and cut into 2 lengths
- 3 Guavas, cut into half
- 3 Tbsp (15ml) Soft brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp (15ml) Butter
- 2 Star Anise
- 1 Large cinnamon stick
- Ice cream or cream
- Preheat the oven to 200 °C
- Add all the ingredients in an oven pan and cover with foil.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove the foil and serve hot with a serving of ice cream or whipped cream.
Ever since I started writing my blog my husband has been pestering me to bake a banana bread. He is just crazy about the flavour, sweetness and cake like texture. It’s such an easy thing to bake and we always have a few overripe bananas loitering in our fruit bowl. What I do like about banana bread is that it is a no fuss thing – and very easy to put together. Once you have the basic recipe you can always add raisins, nuts, chocolate chips – actually just about anything you fancy to make it your own.
Watch me make this by clicking here.
The way I made this a lifeisazoobsicuit banana flan bread was by:
#1 changing the shape – I decided to bake it in a flan pan and serve it in a tart of sorts instead of a loaf and then
#2 I added three components that work extremely well together with bananas – white chocolate buttons, amaretto biscuits and almond flakes
#3 I was not keen to serve it with the traditional icing – so I opted to serve it with the crème fraiche instead.
My hubby, Rick had three helpings … Need I say more?
A few banana facts or fiction I found on the www 🙂
1. Bananas float in water, as do apples and watermelons.
2. More than 100 billion bananas are eaten every year in the world, making them the fourth most popular agricultural product.
3. A cluster of bananas is called a hand, and a single banana is called a finger. Each banana hand has about 10 to 20 fingers.
4. Thanks to its oil, rubbing the inside of a banana peel on a mosquito bite – will help keep it from itching and getting inflamed.
5. To whiten teeth naturally, rub the inside of a banana peel on your teeth for about two minutes every night. If you gargle with salt water, this will heighten the effect. Expect results in about two weeks. It works because of the effect of the potassium, magnesium, and manganese in the banana peel.
6. If you peel a banana from the bottom up (holding on to the stem like a handle), you will avoid the stringy bits that cling to the fruit inside.
7. Bananas are low in calories and have no fat, no sodium, and no cholesterol. They contain vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and vitamin B6.
8. More songs have been written about bananas than about any other fruit.
9. Bananas are the only fruit that contains the amino acid tryptophan plus vitamin B6. They help your body produce serotonin—a natural substance that alleviates depression.
10. If you put a banana in the refrigerator, the peel will turn dark brown or black, but it won’t affect the fruit inside.
banana flan bread with amaretto biscuits + white chocolate + almonds
- 60ml Butter at room temperature
- 125ml Castor sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 Bananas smashed
- 1t Vanilla essence
- 250ml Cake flour
- 1t Baking powder
- ¼t Salt
- 50g White chocolate buttons
- 50g Amaretto biscuits – broken into pieces
- 40g Almond flakes
- Crème Fraiche for serving
- Preheat the oven to 180 °C. Butter a medium loose bottom flan pan.
- Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy. Then add the egg and mix it in with the butter and sugar mix.
- Mix the bananas and vanilla essence into the mixture.
- Add all the dry ingredients gently – be careful not to over mix – and pour into prepared pan.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes.
- Serve with a sprinkling of icing sugar and a few dollops of crème fraiche