COCO AU MIEL: COCONUT-HONEY CAKES
(Paris Boulangerie Patisserie, by Linda Dannenberg, 1994)
Recipe from Moulin de la Vierge, Paris
These are cupcakes of coconut, held together by a bit of moist batter. They are delicious, quick, and easy to make.
1-1/4 c (310 ml milk)
1-1/4 tsp honey
3 c (230 g shredded coconut)
1/2 c (125 g sugar)
1/2 c (70 g all-purpose flour)
2 tsp baking powder
2 large eggs, well-beaten
Preheat the oven to 400F (200C). Line 10 muffin tins with paper baking cup liners and set the pan aside.
In a heavy saucepan, bring the milk and honey to a boil over medium heat, then remove from the heat.
In a mixing bowl, combine the coconut, sugar, flour, and baking powder. Slowly add the milk mixture and stir until smooth. Stir in the eggs until well combined; the mixture will be quite liquid. Pour the mixture into the paper cups, filling them nearly full. Each time you fill a cup, give the mixture (in the bowl) a stir to redistribute the coconut.
Bake until the cakes are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center emerges clean, about 25-30 min. Cool in the pan on a wire rack.
I'm not sure why 1-1/4 tsp honey rates them as "Coconut-HONEY Cakes" but there you have it.
- Yes, the recipe only makes a scant 10 cakes. A 1/4 c dry cup measure was perfect for quickly dispensing the batter to the cups. I filled the remaining cups 1/2 full with water.
- The batter is indeed runny and must be stirred frequently so all the cakes get the same ratio of coconut/liquid. The batter is a little messy to work with but that might be me :>
- Not knowing whether "shredded coconut" in France is the same sweetened product as in the US (I used Baker's Angelflake), I cut the sugar back to 1/3 of a cup. This was plenty sweet.
- Use the papers! I tried one of the cupcakes without a liner in a greased cup and it was a bit difficult to get out.
- The cakes were done after 21 min in my oven (I did have an independent oven thermometer to check the temperature). However, because they are so moist, I doubt cooking a few minute longer would hurt.
Updated: May 4, 1997
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