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Banana Slice with Lemon Icing

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This delicious banana slice is based on a recipe from the Nursing Mothers Association of Australia Cookbook. I’m not quite sure how we’ve got this cookbook, since it was published more than 15 years before I was born, but we do, and it’s a good one. It has so many great staple recipes. Some are a bit dated, the book being from the ’70’s and all, but a lot of the sweet things in particular haven’t aged a day. And besides, retro is cool.

For the slice:

1 ripe banana
60g butter or margarine
1/2 cup sugar (brown or castor)
1 egg1 cup self-raising flour (plain or wholemeal)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 cup milk
1/4 chopped walnuts

For the icing:

15g butter or margarine
1 teaspoon hot water
3/4 – 1 cup icing sugar
Few drops of lemon essence OR 1 tablespoon lemon juice OR 1 tablespoon lemon curd

Pre-heat oven to 180°C/350°F. Line/grease an 11″ x 7″ lamington tin.

Peel and mash the banana. Cream the butter and sugar, add the banana. Beat for two minutes. Add the egg, beat well. Add alternatively the milk with the flour and spices. Stir in the chopped nuts. Decant into the prepared tin. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until cooked and slightly browned.

While cooking, make the icing. Melt the butter. Add all the ingredients into a bowl and stir until combined.

Ice the slice while still warm.

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