Tag Archives: Coconut

Coconut Key Lime Pie.

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I have never made Key lime pie before and by Key lime pie I mean ‘lime pie’ as it’s pretty damn hard to get Key limes in Britain. I did, however, have an abundance of desiccated coconut. I love that the coconut is ‘desiccated’- it just sounds so extreme. If I make this again (and I probably will as it was so ridiculously simple it shouldn’t be classed as cooking) I would put coconut cream in the baked filling as the overall taste was not that ‘coconutty’. Would make a killer dinner party desert with minimal effort.

Coconut Key Lime Pie. (adapted from the bbcgoodfood website)

Ingredients:

300g digestive Biscuits
150g butter , melted
1 x 397g tin condensed milk
3 medium egg yolks
finely grated zest and juice of 4 limes
300ml double cream
1 tbsp icing sugar
extra lime zest, to decorate

To make it coconut: 75g desiccated coconut, plus 10g more to toast for decoration.

Method:

(1) Heat the oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3. Crush your biscuits, this is easiest in a food processor, or you can adopt the old fashioned approach and bash them with a rolling pin.

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(2) Mix with the melted butter and then, using the back of a metal spoon, press into the base and up the sides of a loose-based tart tin (I used a 22cm tin) Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, remove and leave to cool.

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(3) Place the egg yolks into a large mixing bowl and whisk for 3 minutes with an electric whisk. Then add the condensed milk, whisk for a further 3 mins, finally add the lime zest, juice and coconut and whisk for another 3 mins.

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(4) Pour this into your now cool base and place back in the oven for another 15 minutes, until set. Leave to cool and then refrigerate for a minimum of three hours.

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(5) To decorate: Lightly toast your desiccated coconut in a dry frying pan on a medium heat until golden brown, set aside to cool. Add the icing sugar to the double cream and whisk until soft peaks. Pile on top of the centre of the pie, sprinkle over the extra lime zest, some toasted coconut and some non-toasted and eat!

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It’s been such a beautiful day in Edinburgh today so I have spent the day soaking up as much sun as possible. I have to share this picture of my walk to Uni today as well as a song by The Lumineers, who make perfect sunshine soundtracks (and the song is so close to having my own name as the title)…

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Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup

With the blizzards, snow storms, sleet and rain that has plagued our lives in the UK this week, it only seems fitting that lunch should come in the form of a warming soup. This soup is speedy to make and keeps well (and freezes even better). Best served with some crusty bread, or some sourdough!

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Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup

Ingredients:

1 tbsp olive oil

1 red onion, diced

1-2 tsp Harrisa paste or curry paste (it’s also good with thai curry paste)

1 litre vegetable stock

1/2 can of coconut milk

handful of coriander, shredded roughly

750g sweet potatoes, peeled and grated.

Method:

1) Heat the olive oil in a large sauce pan, fry the onions for 2-3 minutes. Add in the harrisa paste and reduce the heat so the onions do not brown too quickly.

2) Add the grated sweet potatoes and mix thoroughly, fry for a further 2-3 minutes. Add the vegetable stock, increase the heat and bring to the boil, then simmer for 5 minutes until the sweet potato is tender.

3) Take off the heat, season and add the coconut milk, leave to cool slightly and blend until smooth.

4) Serve with a sprinkle of coriander.

Enjoy!

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Havent’ put a track up for a while, so here’s one (free of charge), crazy upbeat and video filmed in the desert, couldn’t be further away from the snow and slush of our icy streets.