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Coconut cake and Hugo’s scuppered plans

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I would like to set the record straight about my recent excavation venture, because I thought that Bossy portrayed me as a bit of a halfwit by suggesting that I was stuck down my magnificent hole. I admit that I did let her haul me out with a rope (there was lots of swearing on her part), but only to shut her up. The plan was, once I’d finished what I’d set out to do (we won’t go into details to spare any squeamish readers), I was going to create a tunnel back to the top at a gradient of about 30%. Of course, this would have taken quite a long time and I’m not sure where I would have ended up, but anything that gets me away from Bossy’s incessant blabbering and Java’s stubborn insubordination can only be a good thing. As an aside, are you impressed at how my vocabulary is becoming more and more sophisticated? Bossy says that I must be careful to avoid becoming too verbose, although she’s a fine one to talk. Anyway, the upside was, she was so convinced that I had been traumatised by my adventure, when we got home she gave me an extra-large piece of camembert. Sometimes it pays to just go with the flow…
Thank you Hugo for telling your side of the story, although I think we could have done without the reference to my ‘blabbering’! This wonderfully light cake is inspired by ‘Love, bake, nourish’.
Ingredients (serves 8-10)
175g spelt flour
120g desiccated coconut
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
75g cane sugar
1 egg, beaten
200ml coconut milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease and prepare a medium-sized loaf tin. Combine the flour, coconut, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and sugar in a  large bowl and then add the egg, coconut milk and vanilla extract. Mix thoroughly and transfer into the prepared tin. Bake for about 35 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool and serve with strawberry coulis or Greek yoghurt (or both!).


  • apuginthekitchen

    I do love coconut, the cake sounds perfect and that photo with the berry compote looks delicious with that cake.
    Hugo, I wondered if you would weigh in or give your side of the story, I thought that it’s very unlike you to be silent. Nando follows your adventures with great enthusiasm, you see he is very old and lives in the city and his adventures are not quite as colorful, he lives vicariously through you. Your tunnel sounds like a worthy endeavor, maybe one day, right. Being rescued with a rope and the piece of cheese made it all worth it. I hope you keep a record of your adventures because it would make a wonderful book.

    • The Healthy Epicurean

      Hello Mrs Pug and Nando. How well you know me, knowing that I would want to give my take on the story… I do like to redress the balance though because Bossy isn’t always the most reliable storyteller. Mind you, I don’t think she was aware of my tunnel plan. It’s too bad Nando doesn’t live nearer because I would love to show him around my countryside… Love from Hugo.

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