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Jul 4, 2012 09:22 AM

need your ideas for coconut desserts that freeze well

My almost 90-year old mother LOVES coconut and has developed a sweet tooth. I've done macaroons but need more ideas, especially for coconut desserts that freeze well. When I make the trip to see her, I'd like to bring frozen desserts that she can defrost and eat when she wishes. I will try these Martha S cookies:

But I would love more ideas. Thanks in advance.

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    1. Here's a link to Dorie Greenspan's Coconut Tea Cake which I've made many times, albeit in mini loaf pans for gifting. It's nice and moist. You could slice either the Bundt pan suggested or the loaves into individual portions, wrap and freeze.

      My tweaks to the recipe are as follows:

      Warmed the milk and butter in microwave at 25-second intervals, 4-6 times
      Did not add the rum
      Added 2 tsp of coconut extract
      I forgot to note the baking time for the loaves, but start checking at maybe 20 mins. Depending on how many pans you have in the oven at one time, you may want to move them back-to-front and turn them (maybe at 15 minutes)

      1. I've got a Coconut Cheesecake recipe -- cheesecake freezes very well, and the coconut is a prominent flavor in this. We love it -- interested? -- just say so!

        1. The Sweet Spot by Pichet Ong has lots of coconut desserts. One that I like is coconut pops.

          It uses 21/2 cups (22 ounces) unsweetened coconut milk, 1/2 c sugar, 1/4 tsp salt, 2 tsp vanilla, 1/4 cup heavy cream, and 1/4 c unsweetened finely shredded dried coconut toasted.

          You put the coconut milk, sugar and sale in a saucepan and stir over medium heat just until sugar dissolves. Then cool completely. Whip cream. Add whipped cream to the coconut milk mixture and blend. Fold in the shredded coconut. Freeze in popsicle molds.

          I make it in smaller quantities. The cream won't really whip in those quantities, but that's ok. Then I just freeze in ramekins. This is refreshing and coconutty and not too sweet.

          4 Replies
          1. re: karykat

            That sounds great, karykat. Where can I find unsweetened shredded coconut? I'm pretty sure I only see sweetened in the grocery store, and I'd like to try the unsweetened in a few things -- like those ramekins! Thanks.

            1. re: nemo

              nemo, I find unsweetened coconut in the bulk bins of stores. I've found it both at Whole Foods and my local grocery. It is nice and coconutty, but in a dessert I don't see much reason to avoid the sweetened kind if you can't find unsweetened --maybe just adjust the sugar a little?

              I think those pops sound good too!

              1. re: blue room

                Yes, I get it in bulk at our coop and have seen it at Whole Foods too. I think more grocery stores are starting to carry it. It seems like I'm seeing more things calling for it.

                I didn't think I liked coconut until I started using the unsweetened.

                But I think you could use sweetened and cut back on the sugar like blue room says.

                Another thing that uses unsweetened coconut that I think is good is a banana bread recipe from Alford and Duguid in their Home Baking book. I wouldn't have thought I'd like coconut in a banana bread but theirs is really good. And again not too sweet.

                (But maybe others like the sweet. :) )

                1. re: karykat

                  Thanks, blue room and karykat. We don't have a WF or Trader Joe's, only a Wegman's and regular chain grocery stores. Wegman's has some bulk items, but they've cut back and I can't even get quinoa (or maybe it's couscous) there anymore. The grocery store is pretty much candy and nuts. But I'll give each another closer look. Thanks for your replies.

          2. Your post made me smile, soccermom13! I find it lovely that you're taking the time to do something special for your mother.
            I'd recommend smitten kitchen's double coconut muffins--not exactly a dessert, but sweet and coconutty. When I made them I added the optional diced mango and they were heavenly.
            Cheers to you and your mom!