Even if you have nothing else to eat, this hearty fruit-and-nut cake? Bread? Snack? will give you sustenance. It freezes well, so it’s ideal to have on hand for quick getaways to the campground. This is best made with an electric mixer, so think of it as a bake-and-take camping food. Don’t be tempted to use dried cherries. It’s the candied cherries, and the large amount of bananas, that make it unique.
5 large bananas, ripe enough to mash
1 stick butter, softened
½ cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
3 cups flour
1 tablespoon apple pie spice or pumpkin pie spice
1 ½ teaspoons each baking soda and salt
2 cups broken walnuts or pecans
1 cup candied cherries, coarsely cut up
1 cup dried pineapple or mango, coarsely cut up
In a large mixing bowl beat bananas, butter, oil and sugar. Beat in eggs, then flour, spice, soda and salt. Mix well, then fold in nuts and fruit. Bake in a greased tube pan 90 minutes at 300 degrees. Cool then wrap several hours or overnight so moisture can equalize. Cut in portions and wrap individually for easy eating on the go.
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