Facing way too many limes and a whole fresh coconut, I needed a good recipe. This one is a lovely custardy cake, complex with the flavours of rose and almonds, where the sum is larger than the parts.
This gets buzzed up in a blender, and it’s easy and fast to make.
½ cup rose sugar (if you don’t have, use plain white, and add a few drops of rosewater to the syrup, later)
½ cup whole almonds
½ cup dessicated, unsweetened coconut
2 inch piece fresh coconut
2 tablespoons of lime juice and zest
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon baking powder
This wonderful recipe comes out of an amazing Dubai based cooking blog, but the author used a few terms I was unfamiliar with, so I’ve tweaked this, as I usually do, even with my own recipes.
She called for caster sugar, something to bewilder me. Apparently it’s finer than table sugar, but not as fine as icing sugar. So, I put my rose sugar, petals and all, into the blender and buzzed for a few moments. That went into the mixmaster bowl, along with the eggs.
Then I turned back to the blender, and added the almonds and dessicated coconut. I buzzed those till they were a course powder. Then the fresh coconut piece went in, and that was buzzed till it was finely chopped.
Returning to the mixmaster, I switched on high, and beat till the eggs got all fluffy and gorgeous, about three minutes. Adding the lime juice, zest and vanilla, I beat for another minute or so. Then the baking powder and a pinch of salt went in, mixmaster still going till it was blended in, about 30 seconds.
The coconut and almond mixture had to be stirred in.
|Use enough paper to lift out easily.|
This needs to stay in the loaf tin to cool, at least an hour. Remove the paper before plating. You can serve it warm, or chilled as I did, once you’ve glazed it.
In a small pot, mix ¼ cup of jaggery, an equal amount of water, and a bit more lime zest. Boil till it thickens. If you haven’t used rose sugar, add a few drops of rosewater at this point. Pour over the cooled cake, and serve. Oh lusciousness. It tastes like love, itself.