Spelt Sour Cream Banana Cake And The Magimix Cook Expert

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I have always been a knife and pan girl. Even though I have a barrage of kitchen appliances and gadgets, my love for a simpler style of cooking with just a knife and a few pots and pans is far greater. But when Magimix contacted me back in April to collaborate on a new all-in-one cooking appliance called Magimix Cook Expert, it piqued my curiosity and I started my research. Over the course of the following months, I read up on every single all-in-one thermo style appliance there was. I even had a chance to see a couple of them in action during shoots in my studio. After watching endless videos, reading through forums and reviews and blog posts and assessing my cooking needs, I decided that the Magimix Cook Expert would be the one to meet all the demands of my busy kitchen. So after nearly 4 months, I went back to Magimix and we talked about testing the Cook Expert and creating recipes in it with a distinct Cook Republic flair. The impressive Cook Expert arrived with lovely Leanne who gave me a quick demo on how to use the machine and left me eager to play around and create delicious recipes. I have now had it for over a month and have been busy testing it, converting some of my most popular blog recipes for the Cook Expert and creating some fabulously quick and flavourful recipes for weeknight meals. And I have a lot to talk about. So buckle up, because if you are planning to put this on your Christmas wishlist, you will need all the information and experience I have pooled while using this super interesting appliance. I shall share my experience and recipes over the next few months.

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Let’s start at the very beginning. The Magimix Cook Expert retails for $2099 in Australia. It is an all-in-one cooking machine, the latest of its kind in the market and a direct competitor of Thermomix and other machines in that category. What sets it apart is that it is not only a cooking machine, but also a processor. It has 12 pre-programmed automatic cooking functions like Simmer, Creamed Soups, Bread Dough, Smoothie, Frozen Dessert etc.. and an EXPERT mode which allows you the freedom to cook freestyle like you would on a cooktop but by simply controlling time, speed and temperature. Working on an induction heat model, you can accurately control temperature by increments of 1°C between the range of 30-140°C. It is incredibly beautiful to look at, compact with modern straight edges (something that was one of my deciding factors). And it cleans itself using the RINSE (another reason to love it). In fact cooking with it is a fun mix of logic and creativity, so much so that come five o’ clock, I am giddy and ready to roll up my sleeves and create something amazing in it for dinner.

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After I had cooked a couple of recipes from the 300 recipe cookbook that came along with the Cook Expert, I felt confident enough to understand how the machine would work in the freestyle EXPERT mode. I decided to use the whisk attachment and mix up a beautiful wholesome afternoon cake. Using different time and speeds after each set pf ingredient, I was able to mix the most voluminous, smooth batter for banana cake with perfect mashed banana bits in it. All in that one Cook Expert metal bowl. You see, it not only mixes and blends and whisks, but at certain speeds also mimics the perfect hand stirring motion that is required to stir a curry or fold through fruit in a batter.

So I mixed everything in the bowl, then spread the batter in the cake tin and baked a beautiful cake. Now this is my favourite part of the story. I let the bowl sit with the cake batter remnants for about 8 hours until it was dry and completely congealed on. I then filled it with a bit of water, added a tiny amount of dishwashing liquid, popped the lid on and ran the rinse cycle (1 minute) and voila! The bowl was clean and free of any stuck batter bits. OMG!!!

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The cake itself is one of our favourites to have for afternoon tea. Wholemeal spelt, unrefined sugar, sour cream and happy ripe bananas baked to brown perfection. Enjoyed simply with a drizzle of pure cream and a cup of coffee. I have provided both methods below for Magimix Cook Expert users and non-users. If you make this cake and share it, please don’t forget to tag me on Instagram. And stay tuned for more amazing Cook Expert recipes coming your way.

 

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SPELT AND SOUR CREAM BANANA CAKE


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  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 10
  • Category: Cake, Breakfast
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian

Ingredients

  • 250g butter, softened
  • 200g rapadura sugar (or golden caster sugar)
  • 4 eggs
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 200g sour cream
  • 2 cups (250g) spelt flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 (approximately 420g) crushed ripe bananas
  • 2 ripe bananas, halved lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon coconut/rapadura sugar

Instructions

Magimix Cook Expert Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 200C (conventional). Grease and line a 23cm round springform cake tin with baking paper.
  2. Fit the metal bowl with the whisk. Add butter and sugar to the bowl. Mix using the EXPERT programme 1 min / speed 5/ 0°C with lid on.
  3. Add the eggs. Mix using the EXPERT programme 30 secs / speed 5/ 0°C with lid on.
  4. Scrape down the sides using the Magimix spatula. Add salt, vanilla, sour cream, flour and baking powder. Mix using the EXPERT programme 1 min / speed 5/ 0°C with lid on.
  5. Add the crushed bananas. Mix using the EXPERT programme 1 min / speed 2A/ 0°C with lid on.
  6. Spread cake batter into the prepared tin. Place sliced banana on top. Scatter with oats and coconut sugar.
  7. Bake in the pre-heated oven for approximately 50 minutes to an hour until risen, golden and cooked through when tested with a skewer down the middle.
  8. Remove from oven. Allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes. Remove onto a serving plate and serve warm with creme fraiche or pure cream.

Regular Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 200C (conventional). Grease and line a 23cm round springform cake tin with baking paper.
  2. Place butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Process on low-medium for a couple of minutes until light and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time while processing until the mixture is fluffy and voluminous.
  3. Add the salt, vanilla, sour cream, flour and baking powder. Process for 30 seconds until smooth and thoroughly mixed.
  4. Using a wooden spoon, gently fold through the crushed bananas.
  5. Spread cake batter into the prepared tin. Place sliced banana on top. Scatter with oats and coconut sugar.
  6. Bake in the pre-heated oven for approximately 50 minutes to an hour until risen, golden and cooked through when tested with a skewer down the middle.
  7. Remove from oven. Allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes. Remove onto a serving plate and serve warm with creme fraiche or pure cream.

 

disclaimer – The Magimix Cook Expert was sent to me by Magimix via mutual consent after I had researched it thoroughly. Musings, discoveries, experiences, opinions and recipes are my own.

 

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