A number of blog posts back I talked about joining the Food52 Cookbook Club. If you missed it and are interested, you can read the post here.
This book was my first purchase and I have been cooking recipes from it for the last month. It is that good! Food52 is a recipe sharing site and I found a recipe from this book there that I thought I would share with you. It is not one of the swoon worthy savoury curries but a very simple, done in fifteen minutes, take anywhere dessert that everyone will love. Think of it as soft macaroon with an Indian twist. The best part: it has only three ingredients. It’s the perfect no fuss dessert for any pot luck gathering.
Coconut Milk Fudge
A fairly ancient Gujarati sweet traditionally made using fresh coconut and milk that has been reduced for hours. This is the 3 ingredient adapted version by Meera Sodha
- 1 1/2 cups condensed milk
- 2 1/2 cups unsweetened desiccated coconut, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom (or finely ground seeds from 6 pods)
- Pour the condensed milk into a nonstick saucepan and put it on gentle heat. Stir frequently so that the milk doesn’t stick to the bottom. (If it does burn, the burned bits can taste quite nice, but there is a fine line between nice and horrid.)
- When the milk comes to a simmer, add 2 cups of desiccated coconut and the ground cardamom. Keep stirring over a low heat until the mixture starts to look like dough. To test whether it’s ready , pinch a piece off and let cool for a minute to see if you can roll it into a ball. If you can, take the pan off the heat and transfer the fudge to another bowl .
- While you wait for the fudge to cool enough to handle it, get a bowl and put the rest of the desiccated coconut into it (to roll the fudge in) and another clean plate on which to put the finished fudge.
- When the fudge is cool enough to touch, roll a bit into a small ball. Roll it around in the desiccated coconut and put it onto plate. Repeat with the rest of the fudge.
- You can keep these in a clean tub in the fridge for up to a week.
- Tip: As a treat for my grandma (who loves Mounds bar), we sometimes melt some good quality chocolate and dunk the fudge into it, using a cocktail stick, then set them in the fridge until hard.
*Additional notes from me: The original recipe is written in British weights and measures and I think the desiccated coconut and condensed milk comes in different sizes than here. The desiccated coconut I bought came in a 200g package and the condensed milk in a 300ml can. I didn’t buy extra to meet the measurements for this recipe because I didn’t want to have leftovers. I took out enough coconut from the bag to roll the fudge in and put the rest into the saucepan with the condensed milk to make the fudge. It seemed to work out fine. There was less milk and less coconut than the recipe called for but it seemed to be in the right proportions.