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Coconut recipes?
Sat 13-Oct-12
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Sooliz
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I have an overabundance of coconut - dessicated, creamed blocks and several boxes of coconut milk powder (a slight miscalculation when placing an order recentlyponderdoh).  Fortunately, we like it - husband in particular loves anything coconutty, sweet or savoury, but especially sweet and especially Bounty bars!!

I shall be making Thai fishcakes and curry at some point, and probably coconut rice pudding.  Does anyone have any favourite coconut flavoured cake recipes they'd like to share?  And if someone knows how to make a sort of Bounty bar (Nadine?), I'm sure husband will be eternally grateful laugh

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Sat 13-Oct-12
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I don't have a recipe for this as such but think you would enjoy working one out.  I once had the most divine pastry that was basically a sweet turnover/pie made of flaky pastry and filled with dessicated coconut that had been sweetened with a cinnamon syrup. 

 

The syrup recipe I can give you as it is a straightforward one we used for koeksisters (both the Afrikaans and Cape Malay versions) back home:

 

850g sugar

5 ml cream of tartar

2 to 3 pieces lemon peel

2 cinnamon sticks

5 to 10 cm piece fresh ginger, peeled and bruised

5 ml vanilla essence

 

Heat the sugar with 250ml water until the sugar has dissolved.  Add the rest of the ingredients, simmer for a few minutes then leave to cool.  Chill thoroughly.

 

Based on what I remember of this pastry it was filled very thoroughly with the coconut mix, which itself was very moist.  I would imagine the best way to achieve this is to put the coconut in a pan or heatproof bowl and add syrup until it is glistening moist and holds together when squeezed...then pop into the pastry and bake...once I have shed these holiday pounds I will have to give this a go myself.  If you do try it please let me know how you get on.

Sat 13-Oct-12
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The only thing that comes to my mind is Coconut Pyramids.  I'm pretty sure that you could coat them in chocolate and pretend that they are Bounty bars...

I'll try that again!

Sat 13-Oct-12
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Wow Rob, sounds yummy but somewhat excessively sweet!  Admittedly, I'm looking for recipes primarily for husband, but would like a little taste myself.....trouble is, I'm diabetic (also gluten intolerant), so that recipe would be a bit of a no-no where I'm concerned.  I also think it would be a bit too sweet for husband - although he does like sweet things with coconut, but not too much.  Thanks for the thought, though, hope you work out how to do it for yourself!

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Sat 13-Oct-12
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Ooh, that's good TA - and so simple! (I like simple big_laugh).  I could easily make them bar shaped and, as you say, coat them in chocolate after.....I have several bars of plain chocolate in the cupboard.  Thank you big_hug

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Oooooh, Sue, you should never have mentioned those wicked words......they are one of my downfalls (along with Jaffa cakes). I have never, until now, thought of making my own.  I googled them & found these recipes & even a video.  Steve should be a very happy boy very soon......!!!!  big_laugh

Here are some links...... here...... here & here (video after advert).   ok

 

Good luck & now I have to forget about them.......................!! aargh

 

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Sat 13-Oct-12
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Glad you like it.  big_hug My Ma used to make them for me when I was a child, she had no Dariole moulds so used to shape them by hand, sometimes she'd make them pink with Cochineal.

I'll try that again!

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Hattie - get out of the kitchen - hand over that pack of coconut now!  big_hug

I'll try that again!

Sat 13-Oct-12
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doh  I do have two packs of it in the kitchen plus a couple of bars of very good bitter chocolate (I only like the dark version of Bounty bars). So far I have resisted but I can feel my willpower wilting.......!!!!

 

big_laugh   eeek   big_laugh

 

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That video had me drooling!  I feel some experimentation coming on this afternoon when the boys have gone to work.......laughlaugh

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Have I missed a bit Sue - what boys?

I'll try that again!

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It's ok TA, I haven't suddenly acquired some offspring big_laugh - I meant husband and his workmate, who stays with us a couple of nights a week.

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big_laugh Ah, that would explain it then!  I wasn't aware that you had a semi-lodger...

I'll try that again!

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Sue wave,

If you want a good coconut celebration cake try this one. It would make a good alternative Christmas Cake as it looks as if it is covered in snow. My aunt used to make something very similar for us when I was a child. 

 

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Hi Sue

I love coconut too, and so have bern drooling at some of the recipes above, must have a go at them, however just another one, when I did a CDWM a whle ago, I made coconut rice to go with one of the curries, I think I used a tin of coconut water and a sachet of coconut cream (as thats what I had in), as replacement of some of the water you also put a couple of oz of dessicated coconut in with the rice. The idea was you did it perfectly so that there was nothing left to drain off at the end and the rice absorbed everything. (but mine didnt work perectly, but was still gorgeous, sweet and sticky, went beautifully with the curry)

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