Had fun making these lil’ cuties. Valentine’s day has come and gone this year but when is it not a good day to make sugary little love hearts? These are vanilla and raspberry flavoured and are simply made (no bake) with condesnsed milk, icing sugar and desiccated coconut, easy peasy! In New Zealand you usually find home made coconut ice for sale at galas and fairs.
1 x 395 gram tin condensed milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/4 teaspoon raspberry essence
2 drops red food colouring
4 cups & 1 tablespoon desiccated coconut
2 cups icing sugar
1. You will need a small heart shaped cookie cutter. The one I used measures 4.5 cm (1 3/4 inch) across at its widest point and from the bottom to the top of the centre of the heart is 4 cm (1 1/2 inch).
2. Using two medium sized bowls, place half of the condensed milk in each, thats 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons.
3. Into one bowl add the vanilla essence, stir it in well and then leave it aside.
4. In the other bowl place the raspberry essence, the red colouring and mix that together also.
5. Next, into each bowl add 2 cups of the coconut and 1 cup of icing sugar.
6. In their separate bowls mix them thoroughly together.
7. Sprinkle a small amount of icing sugar onto a clean bench and place the raspberry mix out onto the bench.
8. Mold and flatten it with your hands to get it as flat as possible and then use a metal spatula or the bottom of a flat cup or glass to make it as even as possible. It needs to be approx. 1 1/2 cm high (just over 1/2 an inch).
9. Working as quickly as possible (so it doesn’t dry out) cut out as many little hearts as you can and then remould the scraps and continue cutting until it is all used up.
10. Give the bench a wipe, sprinkle some more icing sugar around and then repeat the cutting out process with the vanilla mix.
11. Sprinkle the extra tablespoon of coconut over the tops.
12. Now press the two flat sides together (the side that was sitting on the bench) and using your fingertips make sure the hearts are lined up nicely and gently press into the seams, making sure the shapes are nicely moulded together and will stay that way.
13. Box some up for your Valentine or keep in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 3 weeks.
For more pics and a detailed walkthrough for newbies in the kitchen visit my blog http://www.taniaskitchen.co.nz/valentines-coconut-ice/