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Spiced Pineapple Banana Cake (inspired by Olive Magazine)

Preparation time: 1 Hour 20 Minutes


butter for the tin

soft light brown sugar 150g

eggs 2 medium

bananas 1 ½, mashed

sunflower oil 75ml

olive oil 55ml

vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract 1 ½ tsp

Jars of Goodness rose harissa   2 ½ tsp

self-raising flour 150g

bicarbonate of soda ¼ tsp

ground cinnamon 3⁄4 tsp

ground ginger 3⁄4 tsp

pecans 55g, finely chopped

tinned pineapple 150g, finely chopped, juice from the tin reserved


butter 100g, softened

icing sugar 125g

pineapple juice from the tin, 1 tbsp

ground cinnamon 1 tsp

Jars of Goodness rose harissa 1 tsp

chopped pecans to decorate


1. Butter a 900g loaf tin and line the base with a strip of baking paper. Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4.

2. Use an electric mixer to beat together the sugar and eggs until light and fluffy. Add the bananas, oils, vanilla and harissa. Beat to combine, then sift in the flour, bicarbonate of soda and spices, folding it all together with a metal spoon. Sprinkle in a pinch of salt, and add the pecans, pineapple and 2 tbsp of juice, reserving the rest for the icing. Mix together until it forms a thick but runny batter that is easy to pour – add a little more pineapple juice if it gets too stiff.

3. Pour into the tin and bake for 1 hour or until a skewer poked into the middle comes out clean. The cooking time can vary depending on the liquid content of the fruit – if it needs longer, cover the top with foil to stop it burning. Leave to cool in the tin for 20 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

4. To make the icing, beat the butter and sugar together in an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Add the pineapple juice, cinnamon and harissa, and beat again to combine. Spread over the cooled cake, sprinkle with pecans and serve.


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