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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

No, of course your bum doesn't look big in this ...

IT'S WEDNESDAY WARMERS: The Not Your Usual Suspects authors share their seasonal recipes ... mmmmmm!




SHELLEY MUNRO shares COCONUT ICE

Those of you who share my sweet tooth flaw will probably curse me in a moment. I found this recipe for Coconut Ice in my favorite food magazine - Taste. It's incredibly easy and uses the microwave rather than a saucepan on the stove top. It would be great for those times when you need to make something for a fete or school fair, and as I mentioned above, it makes a good Christmas treat.


1 kg icing sugar or 2.2 pounds(confectioner's sugar in US)
1/2 cup milk
200 g butter or 1.76 sticks of butter
4 cups long coconut threads
2 - 3 drops red food coloring

Mix the icing sugar, milk and butter in a large microwaveable bowl and microwave for 2 minutes or until the butter has melted. Stir in the coconut.
Spread half the mixture into a baking paper-lined slice tin. Smooth until flat. Add a couple of drops of red food coloring to the remaining half and mix well. Spread on top of the white layer and carefully smooth until flat. Refrigerate the coconut ice until firm then cut into squares and store in an airtight container.

Notes: If I'm making it for myself, I make half the recipe. I couldn't purchase the long coconut threads and use normal desiccated coconut. I've given the conversions NZ to US.
This is really yummy stuff. :grin:


TONI ANDERSON shares EASY 7 LAYER CAKE


Easy recipe and all the men who've tried it love it. I picked this recipe up in a very ritzy shop in Key Biscayne a few years ago.

#1 Melt stick of butter in a 9X12 inch pan
#2 Sprinkle Graham cracker crumbs to soak butter (1-1.5 cups).
#3 Spread choc chips all over (1 bag 8 oz)
#4 Spread butterscotch chips all over (1 bag 8 oz)
#5 Spread crushed walnuts all over (1 bag) We leave this out so I guess ours is a 6 layer cake :)
#6 Sprinkle shredded coconut all over (1 bag)
#7 Pour over evenly 1 small can of condensed milk.

Pop in oven at 350 for 20-25 mins until top browns. Take out. Cool and cut into squares.


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Shelley Munro
Provocative, Adventurous, Romance.
Toni Anderson
Atmospheric Tales of Love & Murder
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Update on the BOOK GIVEAWAY:
Follow this on each post during Dec as the books mount up. Comment on any post to to be entered in the draw. Final prize giveaway on Jan 2!

THREE BOOKS ALREADY!

        Blinded by Our Eyes by Clare London
Dead Silent - Shirley Wells
Sea of Suspicion by Toni Anderson

19 comments:

Sarah said...

I love the coconut ice recipe I bought a book about a month ago that has loads of old fashioned sweet recipe I plan to make some for Christmas :-D

Peppermint Creams
Fudge
Truffles
Peanut brittle

Think I might have to spend hours in the gym after Christmas :-D

Sarah S

buddyt said...

Thanks for the giveaway.

If it is open worldwide I would love to be entered.

Carol T

buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

Jane said...

I've never had coconut ice and I like that it's easy to make. The seven layer cake looks delicious, too.

Clare London said...

I LOVE coconut ice! We used to make it in all different colours, too, which didn't necessarily fit the flavours LOL. These are really easy recipes too, which I appreciate, not being much of a whizz in the kitchen ... LOL

Patti P said...

Thanks those are two recipes I can try with the kids.

Toni Anderson said...

The coconut ice looks yummy. And believe me, the seven layer cake is super easy. Just stacking stuff in a baking tray, melting in the oven and cooling (I always put it in the fridge overnight because it's so gooey). Yum.

MaureenAMiller said...

OMG! Shelley, that looks wonderful!

And Toni..."Easy?" You're talking to me, remember? :) But you had me at butterscotch chips!

Rita said...

The coconut ice recipe looks fabulous I love coconut.
Tony, gooy is good have to try this one also

Marcelle Dubé said...

I can see I will have trouble fitting into my sequined dress...

Anne said...

Toni's recipe confused me, I thought the cake picture represented her recipe, but it doesn't. Sounds really easy (well, both recipes do, but Shelley's sounds WAY too sweet for me).

Elise Warner said...

Anyone with a sweet tooth is in heaven. Perhaps we should have a diet Thursday?

Anne Marie Becker said...

I've never heard of coconut ice - how is this possible? I LOVE coconut! Must try that one. Thanks for the recipe! :)

Anne Marie Becker said...

Elise - LOL. I was thinking January might have to be diet & exercise month at the blog...

Kathy Ivan said...

My taste buds thank you guys, but my butt I'm sure won't after all these sweets!

They look really tasty and easy--a prerequisite for my cooking style. :-)

Michelle said...

Very good timing on these recipes...I'm definitely making both as we have coconut fans in the family. I'm making an awesome from scratch Coconut Cream Pie that disappeared last year in a flash. 3 coconut deserts should be enough for the coconut fiends...LOL! As my niece is highly allergic to nuts I won't use the walnuts in the cake but will replace with toffee bits.

Michelle B. aka koshkalady
purrpurrkoshkamb(at)aol(dot)com

Nancy said...

Please enter me in this contest. Thank you.

flchen1 said...

Ooh, those all sound delicious! Thanks for adding to my holiday recipe collection! Can't wait to try these out!

Bama said...

cherry wink cookies:)

GladysMP said...

I am going to try the Coconut Ice recipe and share the candy with the neighbors. I think it will be new for all of the. It was to me. Thanks for the recipe. I love coconut.

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