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Friday, July 29, 2011

Coconut Walnut Cake (Pilot)

 just observed that when i'm at stressed with this phd writing, i resort to cooking or baking.  so this morning, as i can't make up my mind whether to read, write or type-up interview transcripts, decided to bake this coconut recipe shared by one west australian named Shirley in our suburb directory.  the recipe is simple as all you have to do is mix self-raising flour (2 cups), dessicated coconut (1 cup), white sugar (3/4 cup) and milk (1 1/2 cups). it's a no-fuss recipe because the directions were pretty straightforward: just mix dry ingredients in a bowl, add milk and mix with a wooden spoon. pre-heat the oven at 180C and bake for 35-40 minutes.  so OK. i decided to improvise by adding in a tablespoon of crumbled walnuts. i won't be vitti if i'll just follow the recipe he he.

I intentionally lightly mixed the ingredients. To overmix or undermix is the question.  Ano baga Gie?

The sleeping dough will soon rise...

Smells good although I should have adjusted the heat of 180C to its fan-forced equivalent (150C perhaps).

Looks tough 'no? indeed it is! but Roxanne liked it. either the batter was so undermixed or the oven heat was so high for fan-forced. the cake felt heavy on the stomach, very filling because of the coconut. so one slice would do. why don't you try making one. just make sure the batter is well mixed and the heat has been adjusted depending on your oven specs. this deserves another try. nevertheless, c'mon, let's eat!

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