For Valentines day I wanted to make Sean one of his favourite sweet treats ever! Coconut Ice. I had a look around at different recipes and tried a few. I found most recipes I tried turned out to be too wet or lacking in flavour. I tweaked the recipe and came up with something that it is perfect in constancy and super yummy in flavour.
This recipe is made up for 3 main ingredients, Sweetened Condensed Milk, Desiccated Coconut & Icing Sugar. Other family members and I found that this was lacking in flavour, I decided so add some vanilla. I found that this acts in a similar way to salt. Instead of tasting like nothing but a mouth full of sugar, it really brought out the sweetness and the nuttiness and gave each bite depth.
200g Desiccated Coconut
225g Condensed Milk
340g Icing Sugar
1Tsp Vanilla Extract
The traditional method is to have half and half colours (Pink and White) but of course you can do this on block colour. You can of course make in one big blob and then separate after. I personally find it easier to half the recipe and colour on half of the condensed milk before incorporating the other ingredients. If you are going to separate the mixture into two colours and use two bowls anyway, I think it is worth doing it this way. I find it ensures an even colour and a let mixing in the long run.
I then line a square pan with grease proof paper to ensure it pops out easier. This mixture is very sticky and as much as I hate doing so, I had to use my hands to push it into the tin. The colour you would like to be the flattest you want to push in first. For me I like to have the pink on top so this one goes in first. Once this is pushed out to all the edges and as even in height as possible, I then start working on the white layer. You want to leave this to set in the fridge for at least 3 hours. You can then chop into any shape you like. For Sean's present I used a heart cutter and cut it into hearts. I unfortunately forgot to take a picture of this and the Heart Ice is no more!
Let me know if you try this out! It is super easy and yummy to make! It's a perfect one to do with littlies as there is absolutely no baking involved and they can get their hands right in there!