Coconut Cake (Pol Cake)
From my childhood, every Sinhalese New Year my mother made lots of sweets – including coconut cake. I still recall those unforgettable sweet memories. I thought it would be nice to share with you all on this upcoming Sinhala and Tamil New Year this lovely coconut cake. I hope you will like it.
500g grated fresh coconut, or frozen
1 cup water
150g rice flour
100g cashew nuts (coarsely chopped)
150g dates (seeded and chopped)
50g candied peel
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp cardamom powder
1 tbs baking powder
Pinch of salt
Caramelise the sugar by putting it in a saucepan on the heat until golden brown. Don’t stir during this process. After, add water and let it boil until thick. Add coconut and all the spices, mixing together and cooking until the caramel has absorbed into the coconut (this is what is known as pani pol, or coconut honey). Remove from the heat, let it cool down then add the eggs, butter, flour, baking powder, dry fruits and salt. Heat the oven to 180*, line a tray with greaseproof paper and pour in the mixture topping with the cashews. Bake for 45 minutes. You can make this cake ahead and it will keep nicely for over a week. Enjoy!
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