Bebinca

Bebinca - Goa - Goan

Ingredients:

300 gms flour (Maida)

18 eggs

3 big freshly grated coconut

900 gms sugar

1 tsp nutmeg powder

100/120 gms ghee (clarified butter)

Pinch of salt

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Pre- preparation:

  1. Separate the egg yolk from the egg white of 15 eggs, we will use only 15 yolks and 3 full eggs.
  2. Extract 1.5 litters of coconut milk from the 3 coconuts.
  3. Remove 5 tablespoon of sugar separately for caramelization.
  4. The remaining sugar grind and make powder.

Preparation:

  • Add powder sugar to the egg yolk and combine them thoroughly with a whisk to make it creamy and fluffy.

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  • In a bowl add flour to coconut milk. Take 2 tablespoon coconut milk and mix it with the nutmeg powder.

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  • Now combine egg mixture with coconut mixture and nutmeg mix, pass this through a strainer to have a lump free bebinca mixture. Add a pinch of salt.

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  • In a small pot add 5 tablespoon sugar and caramelize. Finally add 4 tablespoon water to the caramel and cool.

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  • Divide the bebinca mixture in two equal parts. In one add the caramelized sugar to get a nice brown colour.

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  • Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius (on top heat / grill)

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  • Take a round baking pan, keep it on a stove top. Add 2 tablespoon of ghee ( clarified butter)
  • Heat the baking pan and ensure the ghee covers the bottom of the pan (on medium heat).

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  • Add the first layer of batter (light batter) enough to cover the baking pan, let it cook on the stove top till you see bubbles and as the sides turn light brown. Now transfer the baking pan to the oven and cook it for 10 minutes.

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  • Remove the baking pan out and apply ½ tsp ghee to the top of the first layer.
  • Add the second layer of batter (dark batter) enough to cover the baking pan. The layers should be thin, so don’t add too much batter.

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  • Reduce the oven temperature to 180 degrees Celsius (on top heat / grill).

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  • Put the baking pan in the oven (** leave the oven door slightly open, this might increase the cooking time by 4/5 minutes but it’s worth doing it this way , as the end result is awesome).

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  • Cook the second layer for 15 minutes till it’s cooked.

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  • If you see air pockets don’t worry, with the back of a tablespoon press the batter to release the air.
  • Add ½ tsp of ghee and spread it over the layer before adding the third layer.

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  • Pour the third layer (light batter) just enough to cover the baking pan.

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  • Put the baking pan in the oven (** leave the oven door slightly open) and cook for 15 minutes till the layer is cooked.
  • Repeat this process for all the layers till your batter finishes ( one dark and one light ).

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  • Once the baking is finished let the pan sit on the kitchen top to cool.

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Demolding:

  1. Keep the baking pan on a stove top in medium heat till the ghee melts at the bottom.
  2. Run a knife / spatula against the wall of the baking pan to release the bebinca.
  3. Keep a flat plate on top of the pan and turn it over to release the bebinca from the baking pan.

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Bon Appetit.

***keeping the oven door slightly open helps in the marbling process and even baking.

*** Demolding should be done after the bebinca rest for 12 hrs.

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. Mathilda says:

    You make it sound easy to make. However, will try looks yummy. Have recently eaten bebinca of almonds made, just awesome. Any tips how to make that though?

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    1. alvesnaaron says:

      Hi Mathilda
      I have no idea about almond bibinca. ..wish I could help.

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  2. Primrose Bohne says:

    I would need to use canned coconut milk instead. Would that work, and how much for this recipe?

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    1. alvesnaaron says:

      Hi primrose
      I have never used canned coconut milk..always used freshly extracted coconut milk.
      Highly recommend to use coconut milk from freshly grated coconuts for this recipe. …try and avoid canned coconut milk.

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      1. Primrose Bohne says:

        We live in Germany, so fresh coconuts are hard to come by. Think I’ll have to experiment. Thank you.

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  3. Donna says:

    Love the way you have explained and showedeach step in pics. Hope to be inspired by this recipe. How long did it take you make this?

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    1. alvesnaaron says:

      Hi Donna,

      It took me about 5 hrs…from start to finish..

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  4. Ruxhi says:

    I got this recipe from jennise d’souza. I have couple of doubts
    1. The oven I have has only bake and broil option. So I believe I need to broil the bebinca as it heats up the top coil..
    2. Can I use ready made coconut milk?
    Thanks

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    1. alvesnaaron says:

      Hi,

      Yes you will have to use the top coil for this and as far as readymade coconut milk is concern I cant say mush as I have never used it.

      All the best

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  5. Wayne Da Cunha says:

    Hi
    Whats my mistake? few of my layers are seperating.. Thank you

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    1. alvesnaaron says:

      Hi

      If you let the air pockets as is without removing them out, it will separate or if you use way too mush ghee in between layers.

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  6. ESPY says:

    Hi,
    While baking the bebinca should I keep the bottom as well as the top flame of the oven on? I use the normal oven with the cooking range and not use the electric oven. Please advise.

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    1. alvesnaaron says:

      After the first layer it to be kept on top flame …. All the best. since you are using gas flame do check after every 12 mins if the layers are done.

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  7. ESPY says:

    Thanks, will follow your advice.

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  8. Lydia says:

    OMG — 5 hours Alves! You’re a man of great patience. Very well written. Looks scumptuous. I tried 1/4 recipe. Made 2 layers in counter top oven and the rest of the layers made them as pancakes. Stacked them one on top of the other. Left the top of the pancake slightly undone so that it can adhere to the previous layer. Lastly, baked the entire stack in 325F oven for 15 minutes. Quite happy with the results — I need to work on it a little more. I was so preoccupied at making the pancakes and flipping and stacking them that I forgot to brush the previous layer with ghee. Wish I could post a photo.

    The amount of time it took to make the first two layers, I made 6 pancakes.

    May I ask how thick are your layers — 1/4 inch?

    Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas.

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    1. alvesnaaron says:

      Hello Lydia,

      The thickness was little less then half centimeter. Nice shortcut .

      Merry Christmas to you and yours

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  9. Lydia says:

    Thanks Alves. Would like to send you a picture of mine.

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