Not your usual banana cake -- some of the bananas are pureed in the batter, while the remainder are sliced and folded in. Prior to baking, a matzo meal streusel (which you can mix with melted butter, margarine, or vegetable oil) is sprinkled on top. The cake came out quite fluffy when I used the veggie oil, making it a nice part of a non-dairy meal. Claudia Hawai'I * * * * BANANA CAKE WITH CINNAMON STREUSEL 16 servings Source: Marlene Sorosky, author of "Entertaining on the Run: Easy Menus for Faster Lives" STREUSEL: 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar 1/3 cup matzo meal 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 tablespoons melted butter, nondairy margarine or vegetable oil CAKE: 6 large eggs, separated 3/4 cup sugar (divided use) 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup matzo meal 1/2 cup potato starch 4 ripe bananas (divided use) Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9x13 baking dish. For streusel: Mix together brown sugar, matzo meal and cinnamon. Add butter or oil, and mix until crumbly. For cake: Beat egg yolks with 1/2 cup sugar until very thick and light colored, about 1 minute. Add vanilla, salt, matzo meal and potato starch. Chop 2 of the bananas and add to yolk mixture. Mix until well-blended and bananas are pureed. In clean mixing bowl, mix egg whites until soft peaks form. Slowly add remaining 1/4 cup sugar, beating until whites hold stiff, but not dry, peaks. Slice remaining 2 bananas. Pour yolk mixture and bananas over whites. Mix on low speed or fold in until incorporated. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle streusel over the top. Bake in center of oven for 30 minutes or until golden and toothpick inserted in center comes out dry.
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