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Banana Upside-Down Cake

Banana Upside-Down CakeBananas are not only healthy and delicious. They are also available all year round so they make perfect ingredients to desserts. Here is one delicious dessert recipe which makes use bananas, the classic Banana Upside-Down Cake.

3 tablespoons margarine
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3 bananas, peeled and sliced in 1/2-inch slices
1 large egg
1 cup granulated sugar
1 banana, peeled and cut into chunks
3 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons skim milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon or orange peel
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Place margarine in a 9x9x2-inch cake pan and spread on bottom and sides then heat inside a 350°F (175°C) oven for two to three minutes. Remove pan from oven. Stir in the brown sugar and spread in the bottom of the pan. Arrange sliced bananas in a single layer on top of the brown sugar; set aside.

Using a food processor, pulse together egg, granulated sugar, banana chunks, canola oil, milk, vanilla extract and grated citrus peel until smooth.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Add banana mixture to flour mixture. Stir until blended. Pour batter over bananas in prepared pan.

Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 25 to 30 minutes or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool for 5 minutes in pan set on wire rack. Invert onto serving plate. Serve warm or cool.

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