BM #110 : Week 2, Day 3
Theme : Middle Eastern recipes
I was looking for Middle Eastern cookery books at the library and I came across Tahini and Turmeric , a vegan take on Middle Eastern classics. I was happy as vegetarian options in that cuisine are far lesser than non vegetarian ones. So for the third day here, the turmeric cake recipe is adapted from the book.
I used regular milk for this recipe so it’s not vegan, but any non dairy milk will make it vegan. I added a 1/4 cup extra sugar to make it a little more sweeter.
Straight out of the oven, the turmeric flavor in the cake was too prominent but by the next day, the flavor had settled down and it was a lot less mild. I liked that version better. So it’s a good idea to bake this cake a day ahead for the flavors to mingle.
The book mentions that self rising flour is better to use than a combination of plain flour and baking powder. Sometimes baking powder and turmeric together produces red color spots than an all yellow cake. But I didn’t run into that problem, the color turned out good without any reddish patches.
Read on for the recipe.
- 1 tablespoon tahini or oil for greasing the pan
- 1.5 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
- Pinch of salt
- 3/4 cups milk
- 1/2 cup neutral oil (I used canola)
- Some shelled pistachios or almonds for garnishing
- Heat the oven to 350 F.
- Grease an 8” square pan with a thin layer of tahini paste or a neutral oil.
- In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, baking powder, shredded coconut, sugar, turmeric and salt.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the milk, oil and add it to the dry ingredients. Mix well using a silicon spatula until you get a homogeneous mixture. The batter will be thick and lumpy because of the coconut.
- Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and top with the nuts. Bake for about 25-30 minutes until a skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes free of crumbs.
- Take out of the oven and once the cake is cooled down, cut into squares and serve.