Olivia and I decided to make some coconut ice. We used the Nestle condensed milk recipe that was posted in my Mom’s Royal recipe book (the one we grew up with as kids). Olivia re-wrote the ingredients in her cookbook diary and measured up everything herself.
I drew some pics of the method to make it easier.
Everything went well…
But when it came to the colouring, it turned out that pink was out. ‘I want my coconut ice PURPLE!’ declared my niece. I thought that was a fantastic idea and gave Olivia carte blanche. There was much to-ing and fro-ing with the red and blue food colouring until the colour was ‘just right’.
Olivia’s final touch was to add her collection of edible pink hearts and glitter to the mix.
A brand new recipe was born: Never-Set Coconut Ice.
If you’re keen to make coconut ice the traditional way, here are two recipes that my Mom sent to my sister, Gnats. The first uses condensed milk and no colouring and the second uses milk and sugar instead of condensed milk.
I had a tin of condensed milk, some coconut in the deep freeze and a packet of icing sugar so I went rummaging around in my recipe books looking for old condensed milk recipes to see what the measurements are for coconut ice:
- 200 g desiccated coconut
- 500 g icing sugar
- 397 g condensed milk (take out 2 tablespoons)
- Mix all ingredients together
- Place in a greased dish
- Cut into squares when set
- Place in an airtight container
- Leave in the fridge
Then I had a look in my Royal Cookery Book for a different recipe for coconut ice (I personally prefer the above recipe):
- 1 lb sugar (aprox 500g sugar)
- Half a cup of milk
- 1 cup coconut
- Cochineal (or pink food colouring)
- Boil the sugar and milk together for 10 minutes
- Cool for a few minutes, then stir in the coconut and mix well
- Divide the mixture in two, pressing the one half into a buttered dish
- Colour the remaining half with cochineal to a delicate pink
- Press it on top of the white coconut ice
- Cut into bars when almost cold
Lots of love Mom
Note: if you want to add colour to the first recipe, follow the colouring procedure in the second recipe.
If your kids are keen to join in the fun, there’s always Olivia’s method…