Banana, Walnut & Chocolate Cookie Cake

Last minute decision to  invite Thanh over for dinner.  He is from the Trinity Western office here in Ontario and wanted to meet with us as Alumni parents.  Can’t believe I am writing that… my daughter has graduated! Wow! I know it’s been awhile but I can’t quite get used to the idea that she is not going back to school in September.  I can only imagine how she feels.

So, Thanh was going to come for coffee but I knew he had to eat and so did we so why not just have him come for dinner.

So, a very quick dinner was made and this dessert.

You use a cast iron skillet to mix it in and cook it in, so, less mess and clean up.

 Melt 1/2 cup butter in the skillet on the stove over medium heat

Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup packed brown sugar and 1 tsp. vanilla extract until combined.  Let sit for about 5 minutes.

The mixture needs to cool before you add 1 egg or it will cook and that will NOT be pretty. Trust me, this I know.

Add the egg and whisk until smooth. Add one mashed banana and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon until combined.

Add 2 cups flour, 3/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 tsp. salt, just dump it all in and mix away. Be careful not to mix too quickly or the flour will go all over the counter!

Chop 1 cup dark chocolate (I went to Tara Foods but next time I would go to the Bulk Barn. You can use Baker’s squares but I prefer not to.)

I know the title says walnuts but I didn’t have any so used pecans instead.  I think just as good but next time, I will try walnuts just to see if it is better or not. The choice is yours to make.

Add the chocolate, nuts and then spread mixture across the pan creating as smooth a surface as possible.

Place in a preheated 350 degree F oven and bake for 18 – 20 minutes until top is dry but still slightly soft in the centre. It is best to slightly under-bake this cake.

Let sit for 15 minutes and then add ice-cream and serve warm… with lots of spoons.  I did not do that but I might if it was just family.  I did forget to take a picture once it was cooked as Thanh arrived and I forgot.

Until we meet again.

Cake in a Skillet

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