Saturday, September 17, 2016

Mango, coconut and lime cake

I've been a late comer to Great British Bake Off but now I'm hooked. I have to admit that I'm in awe at how talented (most of) the participants are, but it's also clear that keeping it simple and getting the basics right is often the surest route to success.

One thing that I hadn't expected was to be inspired by the use of unusual ingredients, but after watching a recent episode I decided it was time to reboot my banana bread.

275g self-raising flour
2g salt
110g butter
225g caster sugar
2 eggs
1 tin of mango slices, drained and cut into chunks
100ml of coconut milk
juice and zest of 1 lime
1 tsp of chilli sauce


  1. Set the oven to 180oC and line and grease two loaf tins (20cm x 10cm)
  2. Mix the flour and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar very thoroughly.
  4. Add the mango, coconut milk, lime juice, lime zest and chilli sauce to the butter and sugar, and mix well.
  5. Fold the flour into the resulting batter, making sure that there are no dry spots.
  6. Pour the mixture into the loaf tins, and bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes until golden.
  7. Allow the cake to cool in the tins for 5 minutes before transferring to a rack.

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