In my current workshops around «Leaf to Root», the cake with banana peel ist actually a highlight. As everybody is asking for the recipe, I share it here. It shows perfectly, that something, which is normally ending in the trash, turns out to taste really good.
There are two sorts of recipes in my blog. In some, the culinary aspect of second cuts ist central, in others, the possibility to reduce foodwaste. In this recipe, I had the second in mind, but it turned out, that the result tastes really good.
That banana peels are edible, I have found out, when I did intense research around the topic «Leaf to Root» for the book. I found a lot of recipes in US-Blogs. As I don’t eat a lot of bananas, I hardly ever cooked with their peels. But lately I had a workshop at Tropic House in Wolhusen and therefore have started to work a bit more intense with tropical fruit.
This is when I came across this recipe from New Zealand. I baked it and I was stunned: The cake tasted really a lot like banana, even though it only uses the peels of the fruit. because one hardly ever eats six bananas, as proposed in the recipe, I have changed the recipe a bit. But: The idea to mix the peel with water – which is the main trick in this recipe – comes from «Love Food Hate Waste». If you mix the peels, don’t be shocked, if it turns brown, that is totally normal.
One Tipp, before you bake: Only use bananas from biological production!
(for a cake the size of 25×25 cm)
3 peels of banana
1/4 cup of water
2 eggs, white and yolk separated
1 cup of canned sugar
30 g butter, room temperature
1,5 cup of flour
3 TS baking powder (mix it with the flour)
Preheat the oven on 180 degrees. Cover a baking tray with baking parchment.
Cut the peels of the banana in small pieces. Mix it with 1/4 cup of water. The mixture gets brown fast, that is normal.
Beat the egg yolks, the sugar and the butter until creamy. Add the peel puree an mix everything well.
Beat the eggwhites until stiff and carefully fold it in with the flour. Pour the dough into the baking form. Bake it for 30 to 40 minutes, depending on how thick it is.