What to do with huge amount of flaked coconut?
I ordered it from Fresh Direct and didn't realize how big the bag was. I don't bake, so I'm not quite sure what to do with it all.
I just added lime and coconut to my plain Fage yogurt. It was really yummy.
You could make macaroons, oatmeal cookies with coconut, carrot cake, coconut cake, add to thai curry, mix in chocolate pudding, coconut cream pie...........
I have this problem - have 3.5 qts. of it and am only going through about two tbsps/month.
One of my favorite things to eat at my desk at work is to open up a package of Tuna with Panang Sauce from Trader Joes into a large cup and put about 2 handfuls of flaked coconut in the dish. I let it soften for about 3 minutes and maybe add some pumpkin seeds. The coconut acts like noodles and is very delicious and I think pretty healthy.
I love dipping fish fillets in egg, then coconut. Fry at a relatively high heat, and then serve with fruit salsa - mango, pineapple, red and green pepper, lime juice, sugar. Yum!
toast it and use it in snack mixes, as a garnish for mixed drinks (pina coladas), as a topping for ice cream, mixed with rice in tropical dishes.
If it's unsweetened coconut, you can make coconut milk - grind it in a blender with some hot water for a minute or so and then strain the slurry into a bowl - voila, coconut milk for your curry. I don't have exact proportions - you want it to be a fairly thick puree. The goal is to extract all the flavor and fat from the coconut (hence, the hot water) but not make it watery. It's probably not as good as it would be made from a fresh coconut, but I much prefer it to the canned kind, which always smells a bit like cat food to me.
Use it in a homemade trail mix with unsalted peanuts, walnuts, almonds, raisins, and dried cranberries. We always have some at my house - it's a great nutritious snack.
The macaroons from America's Test Kitchen are really good. They use a combination of sweetened and unsweetened coconut.
If you like fruit, why not make ambrosia. In my family, that means grated coconut mixed with chunks of fresh orange (see the thread on supreming citrus.) Ambrosia is very refreshing as a dessert, especially after rich food, and makes a good breakfast side dish as well.
Toast it- melt some great semi sweet chocolate and mix together. Then drop into those little candy cups and sprinkle a bit of toasted coconut on top and you have the best homemade candies ever. You could also just spread the mixture onto a parchment lined pan and sprikle with toasted coconut and cut into squares just before the chocolate gets solid.
Another suggestion is
Make a cake and frost it. Then before the frosting sets sprinkle (actually throw onto the sides of cake) on sides and top of cake- don't forget to add it to the center of the cake if a 2 layered cake. YOu can also freeze it if you can't use it all at one time. It stays fresh and you can just take out what you need during the course of the year. It keeps forever in the freezer.
Make rumballs - crushed biscuits, condensed milk, cocoa powder, and coconut mixed together with the booze of your choice, rolled in more coconut.
I add coconut to all kinds of things, but I ... ahem ... love to bake. :)
I made these for a sweet swap at Christmas. They were good. Almond Joy Brownies in a jar. You just stuff the jar; you don't have to bake.
2 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 1/4 cup flaked coconut sprinkled with 1 teaspoon almond extract and tossed to blend
3/4 cup chopped almonds
1 1/4 cup flour mixed with 1 teaspoon baking powder & 1 teaspoon salt
Layer ingredients in order given in a 1-quart wide-mouth canning jar. Press each layer firmly in place before adding next ingredient. (This is REALLY important!! The ingredients just fit in the jar if you press them down hard. I use my pestle.) If you get cocoa powder on the sides, you might want to wipe that off the sides before adding the other ingredients.
Attach a card with:
"Almond Joy Brownies: Makes 2 dozen brownies"
Empty jar into mixing bowl. Thoroughly blend. Add:
3/4 cup melted butter
4 beaten eggs
Mix until completely blended. Spread in a greased 9x13-inch pan. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Cool completely and cut into squares.
Next I'll post my almond joy ice cream recipe.
Almond Joy Ice Cream
2/3 cup flaked coconut
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup lite coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
1/2 teaspoon chocolate extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/3 cup cocoa powder (scant)
2/3 cup skim milk
1/3 cup half & half
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
toasted chopped almonds, optional
Put all ingredients from coconut through cocoa powder into a blender and blend for about a minute. Pour in the milk and half & half and blend it for about 15 seconds. Add the cream, and only blend (on low) for 5 seconds.
Pour it all into the ice cream container and process as your machine directs.
Add as many toasted chopped almonds as you want at the end of processing or sprinkled on top when serving.
Another good recipe for someone who doesn't really bake is 7-layer cookies. Bottom is 1/2 c. melted butter and 1 c. graham cracker crumbs pressed into a 9x13. Sprinkle 1 cup each of chocolate chips & butterscotch chips over that. Put 1 cup (or more if you want to get rid of it faster!) coconut as the next layer. Pour a can of sweetened condensed milk over the whole thing, and top it with chopped nuts (I prefer pecans, but walnuts are good, too). Bake at 375 for about 25 minutes. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.