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 milk1 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 essence½ 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.