The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games provided an ideal theme for our recent Pinnies & Petticoats Aberdeen Cake Club meet. Our 2013 Eurovision night was a huge success and we hoped that Commonwealth countries would provide similar inspiration. I was quick to select Trinidad and Tobago as my country of choice. My lovely friend J lives in Trini so I quizzed her on what would be a typical cake. She came back with a couple of options - Cassava Pone and Coconut Bake. Alas I couldn't track down any Cassava root in Aberdeen so opted for Coconut bake. I used a combination of online recipes, and the one J gave me, to come up with my own variation.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO COCONUT BAKE
2 cups plain flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup desiccated coconut
2 tablespoons sugar
2/3 cup coconut milk
Preheat oven to 180 degrees
Sieve flour, salt and baking powder into a bowl.
Rub in the margarine, then stir through the sugar and desiccated coconut.
Add the coconut milk, and mix into a firm dough - you may need slightly more or less to get the right consistency
Turn out onto a floured surface and knead very briefly
Using your hands and fingers, press out the dough to a rough circle about 1inch/2.5cm thick and then cut into 10-12 wedges.
Brush the top with some coconut milk and sprinkle with desiccated coconut
Put onto a greased/floured baking sheet and bake till golden brown for about 20-30 minutes.
Really pleased with how my bake turned out. I suspect it would taste even better warm straight from the oven slathered in butter. We had a different venue for our June meet with Rosie Thistles Tea Room welcoming a great turnout of bakers bringing cakey goodness from throughout the Commonwealth. Lots of interesting stories behind how everyone chose their countries from family members living in or coming from the country, people holidaying there and the Botswana Bake coming straight out of the pages of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
New Zealand - Cadbury's Black Forest Chocolate Brownies
Mauritius - Pina Colada Cupcakes
Guyana - Kurma Aka Mithai
New Zealand - Steak & Cheese Pies
Malta - Bread Pudding
Bajan - Sweet Bread
Grenada/Bahamas - Rum, Nutmeg & Cherry Trifle
India - NanKati, Cardamom Biscuits
Scotland - Snowballs, Teacakes, Caramel Wafers & Shortbread
Scotland - Cranachan
Scotland - Haggis & Filo Parcels
England - English Madelines
England - Coffee & Walnut Battenburg
Tonga - Faikakai Malimali - Banana Dumplings & Coconut Syrup
Wales - Bara Brith
Jamaica - Jerk Turkey Balls & Mango Salsa
Trinidad & Tobago - Coconut Bake
Falkland Islands - Scones
St Lucia - Lime Meringue Pie
Australia - Tim Tam Cake
Australia - Anzac Biscuits
Gibraltar - Gibraltar Rock Cakes
Falkland Islands - Penguin Cakes
Northern Ireland - Soda Bread
Botswana - Lemon and Condensed Milk Cookies
The next meet is 'Picnic in the Park'. This coincides with the BP Big Screen showing of The Royal Opera's La Bohème on Tuesday 15 July. Alas I'll be on holiday at the time so will miss out. All welcome with details on the Pinnies & Petticoats Facebook page. The August meet is 'Say Aye Tae a Pie' on 27th August. I may or may not have a fully operational kitchen at that point which could prove interesting. Might have to procure some Killie Pies to bring along.
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