Bolo de coco

Bolo de coco

Coconut cake

By
From
The Complete Asian Cookbook
Makes
1
Photographer
Alan Benson

In Sri Lanka, the moist, rich flesh of coconut fresh from the tree is grated, then ground finely on a stone slab. The resulting texture is much like finely ground almonds, but wetter. If you live in a country where fresh coconuts are available, use two medium-sized nuts. If, however, you can only obtain the desiccated variety, treat it in the way described below and you will still have a delicious coconut cake.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
270g desiccated coconut
4 eggs, separated
440g sugar, plus 55 g extra
320g rice flour
150g self-raising flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon rosewater
120g raw cashews or blanched almonds, finely chopped

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 160ºC. Line a 25 cm square cake tin with baking paper and grease the paper with melted butter.
  2. Put 135 g of the desiccated coconut and 375 ml water into a food processor and process until the coconut is finely ground. Repeat with the remaining coconut and another 1½ cups of water.
  3. Beat the eggs yolks, sugar and 2 tablespoons of the coconut mixture in the bowl of an electric mixer until light and creamy. Add the remaining coconut and beat well. Sift the combined flours, baking powder and ground spices into the mixture, then add the rosewater and cashews and mix well.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form, add the extra sugar and beat again until thick and glossy. Fold into the coconut mixture until just combined. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 1¼–1½ hours, or until risen and golden brown on top. A fine skewer inserted in the centre of the cake should come out clean. Half cool the cake in the tin, then turn out and cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into squares to serve.
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