Recipe: Coconut Ice

I remember my mother making this when I was a child.  It is so sweet!

Coconut Ice.
  • 350g (¾ pound) of sugar, preferably fine baker's sugar
  • 150ml (¼ pint) milk
  • 125g (4oz) coconut
  • 1 or 2 drops of vanilla essence
Put the sugar and milk in a saucepan on a low heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved.  Boil the mixture for 5 minutes.  Put this into a basin, and add the coconut and the vanilla.  Beat until you have a thick syrupy mess.  Spread into a greased tin, I used a foil loaf tin.  You can make a second batch, adding some red food colouring, and pour a second layer into the tin.  Allow to cool until solid, then cut into small cubes.

I got this recipe from a Farmhouse Kitchen book, which is a compilation of recipes sent in by viewers of the Yorkshire Television show, published in 1982.  Some are weird, some very traditionally British, many are family recipes.

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