Coconut Ice

They look wonderful and would make a super present.

Coconut Ice from The Dairy Book of Home CookeryMakes 50
Preparation 15 mins plus setting
Cooking 25 mins
Per portion 52 kcals
2g fat (1.3g saturated)
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

75ml (2½fl oz) milk
450g (1lb) granulated sugar
15g (½oz) butter
110g (4oz) desiccated coconut
½ tsp vanilla extract
Pink food colouring

1 Pour milk and 75ml (2½fl oz) water into a saucepan. Bring to the boil. Add sugar and butter. Heat slowly, stirring, until sugar dissolves and butter melts. Bring to the boil. Cover pan and boil gently for 2 minutes.

2 Uncover and continue to boil steadily, stirring occasionally, for 7–10 minutes or until a little of the mixture, dropped into a cup of cold water, forms a soft ball when rolled gently between finger and thumb. Temperature on sugar thermometer, if using, should be 116°C (240°F). Remove from heat.

3 Add coconut and vanilla. Beat briskly until mixture is thick and creamy. Pour half into an 18cm (7in) square tin lined with non-stick baking paper. Quickly colour remainder pale pink with food colouring. Spread over white layer. Leave in the tin until firm and set. Cut into squares.

Recipe taken from The Dairy Book of Home Cookery

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