Warning: these are not healthy and very moorish!
|Ingredients and Quantities||UK||USA|
|Light and fluffy coconut flakes (1½ bags)||400 grams||14 oz|
|Semi sweetened baking chocolate (2¼ box)||500 grams||18 oz|
|Regular white sugar, free from lumps||½ cup|
|Queen Anne Mix; or chopped glacé cherries; drained maraschino cherries||2 tablespoons in total|
|Large eggs – whites only||3 eggs|
Utensils and Cooking Equipment
- 2 baking tins/trays, 6″-8″ square (15-20 cms square). Don’t use larger tins as then it is harder to break the chocolate coconut into pieces.
- Aluminium foil
- Bowl to whisk egg whites, and to mix in the coconut and cherries etc
- Flat knife to spread chocolate
- Pre heat the oven to 200°F, 110ºC, or Gas Mark ¼
- Line baking tins with aluminium foil
- Break chocolate into squares and scatter evenly over base of both tins
- Put tins in oven until chocolate melts ( the squares deform slightly)
- Meanwhile, Whisk egg whites until stiff (no movement when bowl tilted)
- Cut (fold) the sugar carefully into the whisked egg whites
- Re-whisk gently sugar and egg white mix
- Periodically check: When chocolate is melted, remove from oven and spread over the base of the tin with a flat knife, but don’t break the aluminium foil.
- Reset oven to 250ºF, 140ºC, or Gas Mark ½ but don’t put the tins back in yet.
- Mix the coconut and the Queen Anne Mix/ Cherries with the egg white and sugar. This should stick together without being dry; if not, then mix in some beaten egg yolk to help it to bind.
- Spread the sticky coconut mix evenly over the chocolate layer in the tins.
- Place tins in oven and cook until the coconut begins to turn golden brown. Time is likely to be up to an hour, but check every 15 – 20 minutes.
- Take out of oven and allow to cool partially for ¾ hour.
- Then partially cut through the chocolate coconut, leaving it in the tins, into squares of about 1½” (4 cms) – roughly 16-20 squares per tin.
- When fully cool, refrigerate.
- To serve, break along the precut lines; the aluminium foil peels off easily.
The pieces will keep for many weeks if they are stored in the fridge inside a sealed Ziplock plastic bag – if you have that much self control!