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 on

 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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HONEY DATE BARS


Another Treat for # sugar free lovers………..

Ingredients

75 gm flour

100 gm dates

50gm chopped nuts

2 eggs

4-5 tblsp. honey

1/4 tsp.baking powder

pinch of salt

50 gm melted margarine or butter

a little icing sugar for sprinkling

Sieve together the flour,baking powder and salt.Mix in the chopped dates and nuts.Blend together the fat eggs and honey.Add the dry ingredients and stir untill thoroughly combined.Pour into a well greased 8 inch tin and bake in a moderate oven (180 Degrees) untill golden color .Cut into bars and sprinkle icing sugar.Those who don’t like sugar can drizzle with honey.

HONEY CAKES


This cake is a good one for those who have a watch on their sugar levels,and those who follow strict diet rules.

Ingredients:

50 gm butter

100 gm flour(plain or wheat)

1 tsp.baking powder

1 tsp. powdered spice(cardamon,nutmeg,cloves)

1 tsp.ground ginger (dry/fresh)

1 tsp. sesame seeds(chia seeds/pumpkin seeds/flax seeds/poppy seeds could be used)

1-1 1/2 cup honey

1 egg beaten

1/4 cup milk

Rub fat into the flour and add all other ingredients.Add the baking powder dissolved in a milk.Add sufficient milk to get the desired consistency.Pour into  desired moulds and bake in a moderate (180 degrees) for 25- 30 minutes,if desired you could sprinkle some sugar on the top before baking.