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There’s two things I think of when I think of my own 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 in her memory 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.
What temp on a candy thermometer should I cook this at plz. Many thanks Lou x
I am looking for an old fashioned cooked coconut ice recipe that includes milk/sugar/condensed milk/colouring is there someone that can plz help me
that’s not the old fashioned using condensed milk!!, with condensed milk you just blend the ingredients together no cooking
I made this today and did not look like the pictures lol mine was very thin haha
Very helpful for children to follow
I have been browsing your traybake recipes and I have found that you rarely mention what size tin is required. If you could provide this information it would be very useful and help prevent any disasters. Thanks
Jesus John. Use ya head.
I like that comment The tin size is actually your own preference
Goodness me, those pink slabs look awfully decadent and succulent. What disconcerts me a little is the amount of sugar, almost double the amount of the coconut.
Old fashion recipes tend to be that way. People weren’t as health conscious as we are today. Recipes like this are best made as treats on special occasions
Hello, can you explain to a German why this sweetness is called ice?
Maybe more like “icing” than cold ice? My recipe suggests icing sugar as an alternative to caster.
Delicious coconut ice recipe and so easy to make. Thank you!
I made this and it turned out all sticky and chewy and not like coconut ice at all. What did I do wrong?
Very disappointed. It did not set although I cooked way beyond time indicated. Just a pan of slop
I have answered this question above. Mine also didn’t set and that is probably because the Coconut should be added after the sugar and milk have boiled for 10 minutes and not the way this recipe has suggested. I used a similar recipe some 50+ years ago and I am sure that is how it was done.
Epic fail. Whenever I try a new recipe, I follow it carefully. I don’t have failures. Have you left out a step? Are your proportions correct? The coconut ice did not set. What a waste of ingredients and time. Very, very disappointed.
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