GOAN CHRISTMAS CAKE (Baatica)
Why would anyone refuse a piece of cake that tastes like a Bounty except without the chocolate? Our recipe for the traditional Goan Christmas Cake will have you baking a crumbly-on-the-outside, moist-and-dense-on-the-inside, not-overly-sweet kinda of cake that will be demolished at first smell.
Would we stop you from serving it with a drizzle of melted dark chocolate? Never!
RECIPE (with Fresh grated coconut - available in Indian stores)
- Melt 125g lightly salted butter and set aside
- Beat 6 eggs, with 400g caster sugar and mix well
- Stir in 340g fresh desiccated coconut (if it is too thick you might need to grind it)
- Now stir in 250g Semolina
- Then mix in the melted butter, 1/2 tsp powdered green cardamom seeds, 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg.
- Rest overnight, at least 12 hours.
- When ready to bake stir 1/2 tbsp baking soda into the batter.
- Heat oven to 180 degrees
- Line a 13x9" tray/or round cake tin with baking paper
- Pour in the batter
- Bake for 30 minutes
- Check to see if cooked with a fork. You might need another 10 minutes.
RECIPE (with desiccated coconut)
- In a heavy based casserole dish, boil 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar till the sugar dissolves
- Lower the heat, then add 1 cup milk, 1 cup semolina and 2 cups desiccated coconut
- Stir till the liquid is absorbed by the dry ingredinets
- Turn off the heat then add 3 tablespoons butter
- Set the mixture aside to cool, then whisk 5 eggs till light
- When the mixture is cold add the beaten eggs and 2 teaspoons baking powder
- Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla essence, ½ cup ground cashews and ½ cup sultanas
- Cover with a damp tea towel/cling wrap.
- Rest for 3 hours minimum (overnight if possible)
- Line a baking pan with baking paper.
- Transfer the cake mixture then bake for 20 minutes at 160 C.
We take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a splendid time with your family and friends. We are very grateful for your support and encouragement.
May the New Year bring you good health and happiness in abundance.