It’s been a while since I did some baking, and that’s a crying shame.
Don’t feel sorry for me though, it’s only because the weather is so good on my Caribbean island (I feel guilty indoors baking when the sun is blazing outside).
But we had a rainy Sunday recently and I got to work on this beauty.
Judging by the comments I regularly get on this blog, coconut flour confounds some of you.
It takes a while to get the hang of this moisture-loving flour (really, it’s a post in itself). I advise adding wet ingredients to the flour very slowly.
I pour ’em in, give it a good stir until it thickens up (which takes a few seconds) and then add more. Pretty much the same technique as when you’re making a white sauce. If the batter starts to thicken to a lumpy dough, you’ve over-stirred (if that happens add a tbsp of milk to correct).
But don’t let that put you off. This is a delicious, sweet, tangy cake and is well worth the effort.
Besides, if my decades of cake-eating have taught me one thing it’s that practice makes perfect.
Lime & Coconut Cake (makes one loaf)
- 3/4 cup coconut flour, sieved
- 6 large eggs
- 3 limes, zest and juice
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut (I used unsweetened), plus a tbsp
- 1/2 cup butter, melted (or coconut oil)
- 1 tsp coconut palm sugar (or any dark sugar)
- Whisk together the eggs, maple syrup and butter (once it’s cool).
- In a separate bowl mix together the lime juice and zest. Add this to the eggs, reserving a tbsp of the lime juice.
- Gradually add the egg mixture to the coconut flour. Stir between each addition to ensure the batter is the right consistency (you want it semi-runny).
- Fold in the shredded coconut and then spoon the batter into a greased or lined 9in loaf tin.
- Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. While it’s baking mix together the remaining lime juice with the coconut palm sugar.
- Remove loaf from oven, make shallow slits in the top and pour over the lime juice. Sprinkle over a tbsp of shredded coconut and put back in the oven for ten minutes.
- Let cool before removing from tin and cutting.
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