Sunday, 7 October 2012
Dan's Fair Trade Banana Cake made for the BIG FAIR BAKE!
Our very own chef in the family, 6 year old Daniel, has a fab recipe for using up any browning bananas and when we spotted the opportunity to join in with the Big Fair Bake raising awareness of the importance of buying Fairtrade, Daniel knew just what to do!
We always buy fairtrade bananas and we think it is great that some supermarkets offer only fairtrade bananas. A pet hate of mine is food going to waste. When there are 300 million children going hungry around the world, the least we can do is appreciate what we have and not throw it away.
Buying Fairtrade helps to address some of the problems related to poverty as farmers get a better deal by getting a fair price for their produce and often have enough for investment into schools, healthcare and water supply in some of the poorest communities around the world.
Buying fairtrade chocolate also helps reduce the number of children being traffiked and used as slaves in cocoa growing areas as cocoa farmers producing fairly traded cocoa will often have schools set up for children to attend instead of working in conditions that would be dangerous to children.
Dan's Fair Bake Banana Cake is really simple and quick and makes a very tasty banana cake.
2-3 browning fairtrade bananas (Sainbury's and Waitrose have made the decision to stock only Fairtrade bananas as far as I am aware - which gets a big thumbs up from us!)
150g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
60g butter (plus a little extra for greasing the tin)
110g fair trade caster sugar
Splash of milk
Variation: Reducing the amount of sugar a little (as bananas are nice and sweet anyway) and adding a handful of oats helps make this a healthier recipe.
1. Preheat the oven to 180C and grease a loaf shaped tin.
2. Mash the bananas with a fork.
3. Then combine the mashed bananas with all of the other ingredients (I said it was a nice easy recipe). Either mix well by hand or you can use an electric mixer if you have one.
4. If the mixture is looking too thick, add a little splash of milk. It needs to look dollopy (not too runny and not too thick).
5. Pour it into the tin and bake it in the oven for 30-40 minutes (you can check with a skewer to see if it is cooked properly all the way through).
Daniel really took the lead in the kitchen and worked so independently - I was very impressed!
For more information on fairtrade: