Brazilian Banana Cake
This Brazilian Banana Cake (or bolo de banana) recipe is a simple Brazilian cake recipe which will give you a tasty cake to enjoy with your coffee or tea. This recipe is borrowed from my wife.
Cake in Brazil
I am married to a Brazilian and believe me the Brazilians do love their cakes. I have spent many months travelling for business in Brazil and staying in Brazilian hotels, mainly in the seaside states of Espirito Santo, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in the South East region of Brazil.
One of the things that always amazed me was the fantastic choice of cakes available at breakfast in these places. Banana cake, or maybe you may call it banana bread where you come from, was often available amongst all the other sweet delights.
I found the ubiquitous soft white ‘french’ rolls were also a great way to start the day in Brazil with a strong sweet coffee.
Although my travels took me to some different states in Brazil it was limited as Brazil is such a massive country. Brazilian cuisine is very regional so recipes will change depending on where you are.
For example, moqueca, a delicious type of fish stew, is very different in Espirito Santo (where it is called ‘moqueca capixaba’) than other parts of Brazil.
I love Brazilian food and drink; the pastéis, feijoada, manioc, churrascaria, amongst others, and of course especially the cachaça which is used for making the national cocktail, the Caipirinha.
No doubt the banana cakes will also differ between states, but this cake de banana is one we like. It is quick and easy to prepare and good as a dessert or a snack with your tea.
If you ever get the chance to visit Brazil, or even a local traditional Brazilian restaurant where you live, if you are lucky enough to have one nearby, then you should grab the opportunity!
Bake with your kids
If you are lucky enough to have kids, teaching them to cook or bake is a great way to spend quality time together. My daughter and I baked this cake together and she has made a video for you of her preparing this cake, just to show how easy it is:I hope you enjoyed her video!
Good luck trying this recipe. Please let me know how you get on in the comments section below!
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