There’s two things I think of when I think of my Granny (The Boys Great Granny): endless cups of tea & Coconut Ice. And not the pink & white condensed milk version that seems to come up whenever you search for a recipe. I’m talking about the good old fashioned Scottish sweet shop version with just 3 simple ingredients, boiled in a pot until it “spits at you”!
So a few years back after Christmas dinner I asked Great Granny to write down the recipe of her infamous Coconut Ice. I can still remember her laughing at me even wanting it written down as it’s so simple she’d always just done it from memory. She told me it without a second thought, as if it was ingrained in her memory and I wrote it on a piece of scrap paper which I still have to this day.
In fact, this recipe holds such reference to Great Granny that there was even a bake-off style competition between our family to try and recreate the infamous coconut ice to enjoy at her funeral. It’s safe to say this was the winning one (not that I let-on to having the recipe when agreeing upon a competition…) and although it may not have the Bobby hairs that Great Granny’s Coconut Ice had, it’s still in the style of her well loved & remembered treat.
- 500g bag of Granulated Sugar.
- Half a Pint of Whole Milk.
- 200g of Desiccated Coconut.
- Few drops of pink food colouring (optional).
- Grease your baking tray with a little butter or coconut oil.
- In a large pan mix the milk & sugar together over a low heat.
- When the sugar granules have dissolved, add the coconut & a few drops of pink colouring (optional) to the pan.
- Bring the mixture to the boil until it start to "spit at you," stirring continuously. Continue to stir for around 10 minutes.
- After around 10 minutes the mixture will have become very thick & sticky. "When you can spoon a small amount into cold water & it remains set together, you know it's ready."
- Spoon the delicious mixture to your pre-greased tin, spreading evenly with the back of your spoon. Allow to cool & set, which will take at least a few hours but ideally overnight.
- Cut into bars or squares & enjoy!
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