This is one of the earliest sweets that I made in school. I remember it was one of the first recipes on our domestic science class. I have not made this for many, many years,. Its been more than 30 years! After a few searches over the internet, I came up with some recipes and put my spin in it, trying to recall what I did previously. I tried different colours and added spices as well.
Since I was busy preparing for our Leicestershire Chapter 2018 Kick-off meeting, I decided to make it in 3 colours, SGI colours. The problem is I had only one square glass container, and I made only one recipe. I intended to make another 2 recipes the following day. It took sometime for the candy to firm up. Finally I managed to find a slightly smaller square tin, so that will do. So all systems go!!
I used 3 different colours and vanilla essence/extract and cardamom as flavouring in one of the trays.
Coconut Candy aka Coconut Ice.
Makes 25 to 36 pieces depending in the size of the mould.
Level of difficulty: easy
If you are diabetic or on diet, please turn away.
250g dedicated coconut
60 ml milk or water
1 tin (394 g) sweetened condensed milk
1 tbsp butter and extra for greasing
2 tsp vanilla essence
15cm×15 cm tray. ( Or there about. A smaller tray will result in a thicker candy.)
- Grease the tray with butter and set aside.
- Heat a non-stick pan over Medium/ low heat and melt the butter.
- Add in all the ingredients including the colour.
Stir and turn the mixture until well mixed.
- Add more colour to get the shade that you want.
Continue to stir until the mixture turns clumpy. The mixture should leave the pan clean. This will take about 20 minutes.
- To test that the mixture is ready, place a blob ( a teaspoon) of the mixture into a glass of ice cold water. If the mixture does not disintegrate, the mixture is ready.
- If it disintegrates, then continue to stir and try again in till it is done.
- Tip all the content into the tray and level the top. A silicone food turner is ideal in dealing with this mixture.
- Leave it to cool for about 20 to 25 minutes.
- Cut the candy while still soft. Leave it in the tray and leave it in the fridge for 4 hours or overnight.
- Remove the candy and pack into gift bags or an air tight container. It can last for a few weeks if kept in an airtight container in the fridge.
( note: I used various food colours and additional spices to flavour the candy.)
The result is what I want. The candy is chewy and sweet and with a hint of spices. I try not to eat too much of it as it is packed with calories!! Anyway, I made it for the meeting and specifically for the action team and those who contributed to the meeting.
I try to cut each cube into 4 pieces so that I don’t eat too much. I try, but I do not think it is working very well! Perhaps just a bit!!
I hope you try this recipe and tell me how it turns out.
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Until the next post, happy eating the sweet!