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.
(Makes 64 squares)
400g tin condensed milk
300g icing sugar
400g dessicated coconut
red food colouring
- Empty the condensed milk into a large mixing bowl and add the icing sugar. Stir until the mixture is smooth.
- Add the coconut and mix thoroughly. You may want to knead it with your hands (but be warned, you will get very, very sticky!).
- 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).
- 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.
- Use a tiny amount of food colouring to colour the remainder of the mixture pink (note: this stage is optional, but traditional).
- Press the remaining coconut mixture into the tin, to create a second layer. Again, level the surface.
- Refrigerate for a couple of hours, then cut into 1in squares and spread out to allow them to dry out further.
- 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....