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Bebinca (layered Goan dessert)

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A traditional rich Goan dessert, Bebinca is a must have at any celebration be it a birth, wedding, Christmas or Easter! Making Bebinca requires patience - a layer can only be added when the one below it is cooked - but the end result is well worth the effort. Traditional Bebinca has 16 layers, but you can make as many as you like.

Ingredients:

  • 250 gms plain flour
  • 700 ml coconut milk
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 dozen egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 cups ghee (clarified butter)
  • Almond slivers to garnish

Preparation:

  • Mix the coconut milk and sugar together and stir till the sugar is completely dissolved.
  • In another bowl, whisk the egg yolks till creamy.
  • Add the coconut milk and mix well.
  • Add all the flour to this, a little at a time, making sure that no lumps are left.
  • Pre-heat your grill.
  • Put a tablespoonful of ghee in a baking pan (any shape) at least 6" deep. Put this pan under the grill till the ghee melts.
  • Take it out from under the grill and pour some of the prepared batter into it to form a 1/4" thick layer. Put back under the grill and cook till the top is golden. Monitor frequently.
  • Remove from under the grill and immediately add another tablespoonful of ghee on the previous layer. It will melt.
  • Now pour another layer of batter of the same thickness as the previous one. Cook under the grill till golden.
  • Keep repeating the layering process till all the batter is used up.
  • The last layer must be ghee. When it is done, turn the Bebinca over on a flat dish and garnish with almond slivers.
  • Cut into slices and serve warm or cool.
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