Hello there... We are already a week into the new year, but better late than never... so let me first wish all of you a very happy 2012!
Though I would like to blog more than I normally do, I have been very irregular at blogging. So naturally among many of my new year resolutions I have decided not to ignore my poor little blog, and I hope I live up to this resolution.
I read and watch a lot of food related stuff, and keep bookmarking the recipes I think I would definitely try. Now I honestly think that my bookmark is kinda of a mess. Let's see if that changes soon.
One such recipe is 'Jamaican Coconut Toto' which I have been wanting to try for over a year. My cousin had tried this recipe and had sent me a link. Finally I made it! Luckily, I had all the ingredients on hand, so when DH was out with friends the entire evening yesterday, I spent the time cooking and baking.
Jamaican Coconut Toto
(from this Sanjeev Kapoor Recipe)
I made a few changes to the original recipe -
- Used sweetened coconut flakes instead of fresh coconut.
- Used 3/4 cup of sugar instead of 1 cup, since I used sweetened coconut.
- Used coconut extract instead of vanilla extract.
- Used cardamom instead of cinnamon (since I absolutely detest cinnamon flavor in sweets).
To make coconut toto, I used -
- 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 tsp coconut extract
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg powder
- 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1. Cream butter and sugar; add eggs and beat until the mixture becomes light.
2. Add coconut extract.
3. Sift together - APF, baking powder, cardamom powder and nutmeg powder, and add it to the batter; mix well.
4. Fold in coconut flakes.
5. Lastly, add condensed milk and mix until well incorporated.
6. Transfer the mixture into a greased loaf tin and top off it with some coconut.
7. Bake at 325F for 50-60 minutes (I have had an experience with baking coconut in the past. The last time I tried baking a cake with coconut, it started browing too quickly at the suggested temperature and looked over browned by the time it was done. So this time I reduced the oven temperature, and let it cook longer).
8. Remove from the oven and let it cool completely. Cut into slices and serve.
The outcome is a delicious, nutty cake. However, I would like to mention a couple of things here. My cake was moist from inside, but I felt that the edges were a bit chewy. I don't know whether to attribute it to my modifications to the recipe (using coconut flakes instead of freshly grated coconut, which could have caused lack of moisture or baking at lower temperature for a longer time), or the use of condensed milk. I have never used condensed milk in baking, so I am really not sure if it makes your baked goodies slightly chewy. But, in spite of this the browned edges were the yummiest part of the toto!