COCONUT FRUIT CAKE


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.

INGREDIENTS

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

4 eggs.

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

METHOD

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.

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