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Monday, 12 April 2010

Coconut Ice



When we were in Devon last month, we bought a little bag of mixed fudge from a local craft shop, to share as we wandered around the countryside. It was all yummy, but one of the squares wasn't fudge at all - it was coconut ice.

I'd forgotten how much I love this delight in pink and white.

This may well be the least healthy thing on the planet, but I don't care, it's worth it for the pure coconut taste. It's insanely simple to make, too. I remember making it at school.

I will try to make fudge soon, probably some time this summer. Meanwhile, here's a child-friendly recipe (no heat required) for a pretty and tasty treat.

Coconut Ice

Coconut Ice
(Makes 64 squares)

400g tin condensed milk
300g icing sugar
400g dessicated coconut
red food colouring
  1. Empty the condensed milk into a large mixing bowl and add the icing sugar. Stir until the mixture is smooth.

  2. Add the coconut and mix thoroughly. You may want to knead it with your hands (but be warned, you will get very, very sticky!).

  3. Line a 8in square dish with greaseproof paper (note: my dish was 1in deep and it was just big enough to fit all the mixture in).

  4. Divide the coconut mixture in half, and press half of it into the bottom of the tin, smoothing it with your hands or a spatula to give a level surface.

  5. Use a tiny amount of food colouring to colour the remainder of the mixture pink (note: this stage is optional, but traditional).

  6. Press the remaining coconut mixture into the tin, to create a second layer. Again, level the surface.

  7. Refrigerate for a couple of hours, then cut into 1in squares and spread out to allow them to dry out further.

  8. Serve and enjoy! It would probably keep for quite a while if you store it in the fridge, but in this house, I don't think we'll find out....


31 comments:

blueviolet said...

It looks like rice crispy treats!

Aidan Donnelley Rowley said...

One word: Yum.

Now, you have me craving coconut. Thanks for that :)

Happy Monday!

Elle said...

Oh, this just looks absolutely decadent! Hubs and I love coconut, so I'll definitely have to give this recipe a whirl.

Lauren said...

I don't really like coconut, but that does look pretty yummy. :)

The Ordinary Vegetarian said...

Oh, I am SO making this :)

The Ordinary Vegetarian said...

PS. Oops I misread, thought it was coconut milk not condensed milk. I am doing the vegan thing these days, I wonder if it would work with coconut milk instead. Hmmmm..

emma said...

I haven't had these since I was little, but now I'm reminded how much I used to love them. Added to the ever-growing list of things I must get round to making!

SassyGirl said...

I love coconut! This looks like a pretty straight-forward recipe, I am going to have to try it this summer!

Anything Fits a Naked Man said...

Oooh, I must make these IMMEDIATELY for my husband! He's a coconut FREAK!!! Thanks so much for the recipe!!

Mary said...

It looks wonderful and I like the "child friendly" tip. My grandsons love to cook and I'm sure these will be on the roster to try this summer. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Heather @ Gerber Days said...

I love coconut so much! This could be a dangerous treat for me. ;)

Jeanne said...

So, why is it that you do grams instead of ounces, but inches instead of centimeters?

mangocheeks said...

Rachel, they looks so darn cute. I can just imagine the coconut gettting stuck in between my teeth.

Kel said...

Wow, I can already feel the fat sticking to my thighs because I am definitely going to make those. And since no one in my house likes coconut but me, I'm going to have alot to eat! :)

Writing Without Periods! said...

Yum, yum, yum.
Mary

Chef E said...

Ha, I have been trying to remember how my mom made home made ice cream from snow and you just solved the mystery for me with this recipe! I remember now, and your right, so simple a cave child could do it- commercial infringement comedy, lol

Christy said...

never heard of this..but love the name and i am a HUGE fan of coconut. I have a friend deployed overseas and this seems like something that would be great in a care package! thanks for sharing the recipe

Dave King said...

Very yummy. You've reminded me it's nearly time for a snack!

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

Mon dieu, how I wish I didn't have to be on a diet... They look so yummy! Love from London x

xoxoKrysten said...

YUM! I love coconut!

CoconutPalmDesigns said...

I don't even like coconut candy (despite the name of my shops and blog) but now I am craving a coconut ice!

Thanks for visiting my blog and the SITS welcome!

Cheers :-)
- CoconutPalmDesigns

Jennee said...

If I liked coconut, I would be all over those!

Bells said...

ah the school fete standard. It's been many eyars since I had it but i think i'm going to have to make it to share with some kids! And soon!

Louiz said...

Oh, I love coconut ice! Haven't had it in ages.

Donna said...

I love coconut. Making these tomorrow if I can find coconut in the store.

Kazzy said...

Mmmmmm... must have some.

Holly said...

It looks like HEAVEN!

Kirsty said...

hold on...you made this AT SCHOOL???

Embraced Chaos said...

Thanks for stopping by my site, www.embracedchaos.com. I think it was fate. Your blog brings me home. My Mom is from England, and "pre-kids", I use to travel to Europe several times a year. I still have a lot of family that lives there... mostly London. We spent many Summers in Devon. I love the recipe, and I look forward to exploring more of your travels.

6feetover said...

Oh my word...I HAVE to try this!

:)

~melody~

Michaela Kenkel said...

These are so pretty!! I Wanted to come and say hi! I am Michaela from An Affair from the Heart and new to the SRC. Looking forward to cooking with you!

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