Vietnamese Banana Cake with Cashews (Chuoi Nuong)
Source: The Complete Asian Cookbook – Charmaine Solomon
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup cream
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
4 pounds very ripe bananas
1 cup coarsely chopped fresh cashews
1 cup grated fresh coconut
Preheat oven to 350 to 375 degrees F. Grease 2 (8-inch) pans and dust with flour, shaking out any excess.
Beat eggs and sugar together with an electric mixer until mixture is thick and pale. Use a fairly low speed. Pour cream into bowl and beat for a few seconds longer, just to mix. Sift flour, add to bowl, and stir with a wooden spoon. Peel bananas and smash with the flat side of a chopper, but do not mash. Add to batter with nuts and coconut. Stir only until all ingredients are combined. Divide batter between the two pans. Bake for 1 hour, or until top is golden brown.
Serve warm or cold. This is a very solid, pudding-like but flavorsome cake.