I love coconut ice, it reminds me of my childhood and I’m not proud to say I can eat a whole block of it in one go. In fact that is exactly what I was doing when I pondered the idea of making it myself. After a bit of googling I found a recipe on BBC Good Food (click here to view) and realised that it was in fact astonishingly easy and only requires 4 ingredients. Hooray!
- 250g condensed milk
- 250g icing sugar, sifted, plus extra for dusting
- 200g dessicated coconut
- pink edible food colouring, optional
1. Using a wooden spoon, mix together the condensed milk and icing sugar in a large bowl. It will get very stiff. Work the coconut into the mix until it’s well combined – use your hands, if you like.
2. Split the mix into two and knead a very small amount of food colouring into one half. I may have overdone it on the food colouring a little here… it does look VERY pink. A bit… artificial looking!
3. Dust some baking parchment with icing sugar, then shape the first half into a smooth rectangle. Place the other half on top, spreading it out as you go. Re-shape with your hands until you have a rectangle of two-tone coconut ice.
4. Transfer to the fridge for at least 3 hours or ideally overnight to set. Cut into squares with a sharp knife and pack into bags or boxes. These will keep for up to a month at least, if stored in an airtight container. I mean, they COULD keep for a month. Or they might possibly all get eaten within a couple of days.