Homemade Focaccia & Banana Cake

It’s a long weekend here in Sydney, being Labour Day today. It’s also been cold and rainy – absolutely perfect weather for baking.

On Friday night, I made bread for the first time. Baking homemade focaccia topped with caramelised onions, tomatoes and olives was a lot easier than I thought it would be. We’ve been snacking on it all weekend and I can’t believe it’s my own bread! It’s just delicious!
Homemade Focaccia
Recipe from My Kitchen Snippets:
http://www.mykitchensnippets.com/2008/09/caramelized-onions-tomato-focaccia.html

On Sunday, we were lazing around home after our bushwalk and I decided to bake Sour Cream Banana Cake.
Banana Cake

It was light and mildly sweet. I used 3 bananas, instead of 2 and the banana flavour was just right. I omitted the white chocolate icing and served the warm banana cake with vanilla ice cream instead. Mmmm…

And I didn’t stuff up creaming the butter and sugar together like my last attempt. But I’ll tell you what I did stuff up. I was supposed to use 2 1/4 cup of self-raising flour but I used plain flour instead! I actually used 1 1/4 cup plain white flour and 1 cup wholemeal plain flour! Haha… And look at the result! Talk about a fool-proof recipe! 🙂
Banana Cake
Recipe from Taste.com.au:
http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/1547/sour+cream+banana+cake

Did you get up to any baking this weekend?

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22 Responses to “Homemade Focaccia & Banana Cake”

  1. Jennifer says:

    They both look delish!
    I have some super-ripe bananas on the counter that will become that cake tomorrow for sure.
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  2. Salihan says:

    Oh great! I still have mine leftover and it’s supposed to be great the day after. Looking forward to pigging out on it today!

  3. Linda says:

    Your foccacia looks delicious as does your banana cake. I made a Texan Brownie slice and it was very disappointing.
    .-= Linda´s last blog ..Sports Carnival =-.

  4. Sandra says:

    Great! They both look delicious.
    You know what I stuffed up on just recently, I made agar agar and I added 200 gms salt instead of sugar. hahahah both packets were next to each other.

  5. Lisa says:

    I made homebread this weekend also! Nothing fancy like yours, just a plain loaf of white bread. I’ve actually made it the past two weekends in a row. Its becoming a habit because its so good and reminds me of my childhood days. We (my family and many cousins and their families) used to gather at my Grandma’s house on Sunday afternoons and she’d bake several loaves of homemade bread and we’d eat it warm from the oven with homemade butter. I haven’t gotten a chance to make the Banana Bread you sent me the recipe for, yet, but its on this weekend’s wish list 🙂 HAve a great week!

  6. Michelle says:

    Yum, I think I’ll try that focaccia bread tonight! We need to do something with our tomatoes. Thanks for the idea!

  7. Julie says:

    Looks delish!! Mmmmm.
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  8. Tere says:

    that is interesting foccacia… my ex husband’s family owns the famous Foccacia bakery in San Francisco, it is almost reaching it’s 100 year anniversary. My oldest children are heir to run it one day.
    .-= Tere´s last blog ..A New Beginning….. Let’s start off with a favorite recipe of mine. =-.

  9. Tere says:

    foccacia is very simple:: they have a “brick oven” – you may consider using a baking tray made of stone. I have one from papmpered chef for my cookies. When the Soracco men make the bread it is on large metal trays, olive oil coats the bottom, when the dough is ready, the balls are thrown on the tray and stretched out, then “poked” with the fingers or the roller that poke holes (there wood ones and metal ones)…. simply made with salt, tomato sauce, green onion. there are varities available depending on the season. it is important not to let it rise too much, then it is too fluffy, semi flat with a slightly crispy bottom, perfecto!
    .-= Tere´s last blog ..A New Beginning….. Let’s start off with a favorite recipe of mine. =-.

    • Salihan says:

      Wonderful tips! I’ve been wanting to get a stone tray for my homemade pizzas. Now I have another reason to get one. Thanks so much for sharing all this with me. MUCH appreciated! 😀

  10. Tere says:

    you are most welcome. you may want to try my recipe published in Sunset Magazine too.. it’s far easier and good too: It’s on my blog, yet the actual recipe is::: http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=1661185

    I published it when I lived in Pacifica, CA a couple of years ago.
    Enjoy!
    .-= Tere´s last blog ..A New Beginning….. Let’s start off with a favorite recipe of mine. =-.

  11. Salihan says:

    Thanks Tere! Your Tomato Breakfast Toasts look yummy. I might have to try it this weekend. 😉

  12. Linda says:

    It was a recipe that i got from a forum i joined and the recipe was passed down from generations i called it Texan as the lady who gave it to me was Texan. It wasnt chocolatey at all. In the recipe it said to cook it for 10-15mins mine was still very gooey at this stage and i had to cook it for another 20 mins. LOl even my kids wont eat it.
    .-= Linda´s last blog ..Sports Carnival =-.

  13. Tere says:

    p.s. try to use “sea salt” when making your bread, it offers a better taste!
    .-= Tere´s last blog ..A New Beginning….. Let’s start off with a favorite recipe of mine. =-.

  14. Tere says:

    oh and with the Toasts, you can change it up with almost anything you have in the fridge or pantry…. it was something simple I made for my husband one morning as he doesn’t eat sweets for his first meal.
    .-= Tere´s last blog ..A New Beginning….. Let’s start off with a favorite recipe of mine. =-.

  15. Oiyi says:

    Oh yum! They both look delicious!

  16. Dan says:

    Foccacia looks ok, but would look better if brushed with tomato sauce
    after the olive oil brush.

    This must be an English website, deserts are second rate. I’m American and have been living here for a few years. English deserts are not very good.

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