“India is a country in which every great religion finds a home. “- Annie Besant.
This month is such a beautiful time with all the festivities and the lights and the sparkle and the rituals and just the magic that is India. Lets not forget the sales and the shopping!
Regardless of state or faith, whether it is Navaratri, Dussehra, Durga Puja or Diwali – one vein runs common and that is sweets. When some friends invited us over for Golu (Kolu) or the doll festival, I wanted to take them something befitting the occasion.. And my fondness for baking with coconut is no secret !
A recipe jotted down ages ago from the Clandestine Cake Club (what an idea!) seemed like the right fit. How great it would be to have the flavours of the coconut burfi in cake form . I adjusted , tweaked, subtracted and added to get a cake that was just short of sheer festive baking brilliance. No , I am not being shamelessly immodest, I can totally say this because the original recipe was not mine !
The milk and milk powder in the coconut burfi cake works well to definitely remind you of the sweet coconut fudge and did I mention how ridiculously easy it is to make !
This cake is soft and has a texture quite similar to the Burfi. Its a lot less sweeter but this traditional Indian sweet is just as delicious in the more universal cake Avatar! If you are looking for more Indian inspired desserts for your festive platter , this rasmalai like japanese cotton cheesecake is gorgeous !
Happy Navaratri everyone !