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What can I say?? I just love to bake!! Ever since I would go to Grandma's house as a little girl and bake highlight cakes or help Ninny make her famous vanilla cookies, I've been obsessed with baking! Not only from recipe books, but freestyle too! With a father as a chef, i suppose it is in my genes! Some of my favourite memories from growing up were those moments after dinner when my dad would get his sweet tooth pang and have me help him whip up a batch of toffee fruit kebabs, or irish caramels! I used to love how he never followed recipes, he always just knew what ingredients worked with one another and how to play with quantities. So, from an early age, i had learnt from the master and i was well on my way to bake on my own! When i was 7 years old, i used to bake chocoloate cakes to sell to the mothers of my friends when they came to watch our Saturday morning minkey hockey games! Before i knew it, i was being commissioned from my school teachers to bake cakes for them at $2 a pop! This blog holds just a few of my favourite tried and tested recipes which I've thoroughly enjoyed both baking and eating! So enjoy!!

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Coconut Ice!

Post #4 of the Christmas collection... Coconut Ice!  This recipe is completely idiot proof, even a 2 year old could make it - so go on, give it a go!  If you've not worked with food colouring before, then a helpful tip is to pour a little bit of colouring into the lid and then add it to the mixture drop by drop.  You don't want too much pink... it's not a good look!  Keep is light and classic!
Preperation Time:  15mins
Cooking Time: 3 hours
Serves: 40 pieces
 - 5¼ cups (840g) icing sugar
 - 2½ cups (200g) desiccated coconut
 - 395g can sweetened condensed milk
 - 1 egg white, beaten lightly
 - pink food colouring
1)  Line a deep 19cm-square cake pan with baking paper.

2)  Sift the icing sugar into a large bowl then stir in the coconut. 
3)  Add the condensed milk and egg white.  Mix until completely incorporated and you have a dough like consistency.

4)  Divide the mixture in half; tint half with pink colouring.
5)  Press the pink mixture into pan then top with the white mixture. Cover and refrigerate for about 3 hours or until set before cutting into squares.


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