DATE AND COCONUT CAKE

20 Jul

Hearty wishes for the holy month of Ramzan …..may the Almighty shower his choicest blessings and peace on every one of us.

Here iam 10 days past ramzan, how fast the days are going……what with the fasting, iftiyar parties, dawats, ibadats. Hope all my muslim readers and all the muslim community may have a peaceful, happy healthy fasting.

Some points to remember while fasting in this holy month :-

  • lower your gaze from evil and haram
  • control your tongue – from backbiting , gossips and  lies.
  • Eat only halal food but dont overfeed. (what is fasting, if u overfeed in iftiyar and suhoor)
  • Think about the poor people and the needy……….(anyone who buys a meel for a roozadar with his halal money then the angels send blessings on him).
  • The four great Holy books were received in the holy month itself, read the holy Quran more. At least complete one whole in this blessed month.
  • Fasting is farz but taravee is sunnah.  
  • Be always God fearing and pray that your fast should be valid and blessed.

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Muslims generally break their fast by eating dates. Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) is reported to have said: “if anyone of you is fasting, let him break his fast with dates. In case he does not have them, then with water. Verily water is a purifier.”

Dates are also rich in natural fibres. Modern medicine has shown that they are effective in preventing abdominal cancer. They also surpass other fruits in the sheer variety of their constituents. They contain oil, calcium, sulphur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper and magnesium. In other words, one date is a minimum of a balanced and healthy diet. Arabs usually combine dates with milk and yogurt or bread, butter and fish. This combination indeed makes a self-sufficient and tasty diet for both mind and body. Dates and date palms have been mentioned in the Holy Qur’an 20 times, thus showing their importance. The Prophet likened a good Muslim to the date palm, saying, “Among trees, there is a tree like a Muslim. Its leaves do not fall.”- islamic sites

 

 

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INGREDIENTS:-

  • 1 cup chopped & pitted dates
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1& 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut- desiccated

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METHOD:-

  1. Grease a cake pan.
  2. Soak the dates with the boiling water. Cover and leave for 15 minutes.
  3. Cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg, beat until combined.
  4. Fold in sifted flour,baking soda, coconut, milk and undrained dates. Spread into the prepared cake pan, bake 40-60 minutes at 360°F (180°C) . Stand 5 minutes before turning on to wire rack to cool.

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coconut butter cream frosting :-

yields: 2 cups

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup low fat cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2½ cups  shredded coconut

METHOD:-

With an electric mixer, beat butter on medium speed until creamy. Fold in sugar and  cream, beat until creamy, about 3 minutes. Fold in essence and flavourings.
To put the cake together(i just divided the cake and cut into two equal layers after its cooled).  place the first layer on your serving plate and cover the top with a generous amount of icing. Sprinkle over some of the toasted coconut. Now add the second layer and again cover the top with icing. Finish by icing the sides of the cake. Sprinkle toasted coconut all over the top, then gently press some onto the sides. ENJOY!

 

 

 

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