Poppy Seed Banana Torte

We love poppy seed anything, and wanted to share an easy, but delicious torte that you can make for your family or for a gift to bring to a friends house. With the holiday season slowly approaching, it will be nice to have another healthy choice on the dinner table. This will surely make it onto ours for Thanksgiving as a secondary to our Perfect Pumpkin Pie. photo (4) Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of ground poppy seeds
  • 5 (cage free) eggs
  • 2 bananas (not overly ripe)
  • pinch of Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla bean
  • 1/4 cup of coconut sugar
  • 1/2 stick of unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • gratings from 1/2 lime rind

This is so easy to prepare. You can choose to use a handheld mixer or a Kitchen Aid, I prefer my Kitchen Aid. Begin by separating the eggs. I always beat the egg whites first until they are very stiff and move them into a bowl. Then begin to mix the butter, once it’s nice and smooth, add the sugar, continue to mix well. Now add the egg yolks one at a time and continue to mix until everything is beautiful and creamy in texture. Sprinkle in the salt, remember, you can always add salt, so be careful not to add too much. Now add the poppy seeds, vanilla and bananas and continue to mix, but at a lower level. When everything looks smooth and blended well, stop the machine and add the lime gratings. Fold these in by hand first and then fold in the egg whites. Ensure not to leave any large egg white clumps as your torte will not have the right consistency when it bakes. Grease your favorite 8 inch pan and pour in the mixture. Move your oven rack to the middle position and place the torte into the preheated 325 degree oven on convection. Because every oven is different your best measure to see if it’s done is to check with a metal skewer. Insert it after about 40 – 45 minutes to see if anything sticks, if yes, it needs a little more time. Be careful not to overcook it though as it is thin. We are showing it here with some fresh whipped cream.