Saturday, 14 April 2012

Coconut Ice


My how time flies!  It seems like just yesterday that I was eight months pregnant and in the kitchen whipping up numerous batches of blue treats for my baby shower.  I know I've told you several times either here, on twitter or on facebook that I'd share the recipes with you, but it's now eight months later and I realise that I've not shared any of them with you!

Well let me put a stop to that right now!  

The first baby blue treat I made for my baby shower was Coconut Ice which is a retro UK sweet that's traditionally pink, not blue.  I'd never even tried it before, but I loved the way it looked when I first saw it on Pinterest.  

The other thing I loved about this Coconut Ice was just how easy it was to make - it only has 4 ingredients!  Oh so simple!

Coconut Ice is a sweet and chewy coconut square that lasts a week or so when stored in the fridge.  I've been told by several friends that this recipe tastes just like the real stuff they remember from their childhood.



Coconut Ice 

Ingredients:

3 1/2 cups (560g) Icing Sugar  
2 1/2 cups (200g) Shredded (Desiccated) Coconut  
395g Can Sweetened Condensed Milk  
1 tsp Vanilla Extract  
Food colouring (traditionally pink, but you can use any colour you feel like)  

Instructions:

1. Line the base and sides of a deep (4cm+) 19cm square dish with plastic cling wrap  
2. Sift the icing sugar into large bowl. Stir in the coconut, condensed milk and vanilla extract.
3. Press half the mixture firmly into the base of the pan.  Work the food colouring into the remaining mixture, kneading well in order to distribute the colour.  Press the coloured layer evenly over the white layer.  
4. Refrigerate for 3 hours or until firm.  Remove the coconut ice from tray, peel away the cling wrap, and cut into squares.  The coconut ice will keep for a week if stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.



And if your wondering about the cute little stuffed dog in the pictures, it was one of several that my husbands cousin made to help decorate the baby shower.  I think they were Kath Kidston designs that she got from a craft magazine.  Pretty cute huh?

9 comments:

Cupcake Crazy Gem said...

Oh that's so cool! I had been waiting for these posts! Being the enormous coconut lover I am, I'm ashamed to say I've never actually tried coconut ice but this sounds so easy that I'm going to have to give it a try! I love that you turned yours blue to fit in with the shower!

Made With Pink said...

Thanks Gem! I'd never tried it either, but like you I'm a huge coconut lover, so I knew it wouldn't be terrible!

Jackie said...

You have the sweetest recipes! And they always look so pretty too. I am going to have to try this one and share some with my neighbor, she LOVES coconut! :)

Hugs,
Jackie

Tangled Sweetpea said...

Beautiful colour, they look so scrummy, can't wait to give them a go.
Victoria xx

Carol Anne @ Rock Salt said...

That blue is such a sweet colour - I almost made coconut ice for my Foodie Penpal this month, I think next month I might have to carry that out :D

laura@howtocookgoodfood said...

I am such a mad keen coconut fan that I will be trying this out as it looks so good yet easy to make!!

Sarah, Maison Cupcake said...

Well you've totally surprised me, here I was clicking through and expecting to see pink and you've done blue instead. I love coconut ice and often buy a slab from those sweet shops by the seaside. Great idea for a baby shower!

Jules said...

Love your gorgeous blog and photos! So I've nominated you for a blog award! http://goodgobble.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/7-x-7-link-award.html

koralee said...

Oh I love this ....I just made some pretty pink coconut ice and was thinking how pretty blue would be and here it is. Your blog is lovely! Off to take a peek around and yes I sooooooo agree everything tastes better when it is pink! xoxo

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