After posting many savoury dishes for the past few days,I thought to post
something sweet and baked.This cake is butter free,and sugar free ,made
with fruits and nuts
For the addition of sweet,only jaggery is used.It is an easy,rich coconut fruit
cake.To endorse further this is a cake made mostly in Sri Lanka and called
POL CAKE.Some make it with treacle or jaggery mainly the
Kitul jaggery which is widely available in Sri Lanka.The normal jaggery not
the vellam ,but karupatti which is the darker Jaggery could be used.Brown
sugar or demerara sugar can be made into a syrup and used.
So, let me share the recipe with you now.
3 cups coconut grated/scraped
1 cup jaggery made into a syrup using a
little water /3/4 cup treacle (coconut treacle
or plain treacle)
200 gm flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
Mixed spice 1/2 tsp.
1tsp vanilla essence
1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
150 gm dates
100 gm cashewnuts
100 gm cherries
100 gm raisins
50 gm ginger chips
100 gm pumpkin preserve (optional)
50 gm tutti frutti
A pinch of salt
First make the syrup with jaggery or sugar and mix in the coconut.Set aside.
Beat the egg whites stiff with salt, and add the yolks and beat well.Sift flour with the baking powder and just sprinkle a little o the nuts(this prevents the fruits from sinking to the bottom). Gradually mix in the coconut ,the mixed fruits and nuts and the rest of the ingredients and bake in a moderate oven (180 degrees) for 30-35 minutes or till done (skewer pricked should come out clean).
NOTE :For a richer taste fruits can be soaked overnight in rum or Brandy
Another variation :Soak the dates in tea or coffee decoction and use.