Coconut ice, just the name brings back sweet memories of childhood, where enjoying a sugary treat made all problems disappear.
Now as an adult, if I close my eyes and take a bite of this coconut treat I am 6 years old again, at a Sunday afternoon birthday party, wearing my favourite dress, ribbons in my hair without a worry in the world.
I have added lemon to this classic. The balance of teeth aching sweetness, coconut creaminess and the fresh tartness of lemon make it worthy of adult innocence.
125g coconut oil*
250g desiccated coconut
400g icing sugar, sifted
2 egg whites, whisked until frothy
zest of 2 lemons
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 drops yellow food colouring
Line a 14 x 20cm rectangular lamington tin with baking paper and set a side. Place coconut butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat and set aside for 10 minutes or until cooled to room temperature.
Combine the coconut and icing sugar in a large bowl. Add the coconut butter and egg white and stir until well combined. Divide mixture in half. Press half the coconut mixture over the base of the prepared pan (I use the bottom of a jar to make sure the surface is flat and well compressed).
Add lemon zest, juice and yellow food colouring to the remaining coconut mixture and stir until well combined and evenly coloured. Press the lemon coconut mixture over the white coconut mixture and smooth the surface. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 1 hour or until set.
Remove the coconut ice from the pan and leave for 15 minutes. Use a sharp hot and damp knife to cut into 2cm squares.
Coconut lemon ice will keep refrigerated for 2 weeks.
*Coconut butter is available from health food stores.