EVENT: FOODIE’S REDOING OLD POSTS #4
My son is getting married in April and the preparations have begun. In a few days I am off to India to shop till I drop! Easy to say that but am pretty tensed as I have so many things to do. In spite of writing all the ‘to do’ things on a list I am just worried that I may forget something. Its at times like this, one does not want to make a mistake in case you hurt someone’s feelings. When I got married, all the preparations and decisions right from the guest list to my wardrobe was decided by my parents and family. These days things are different and the bride and groom have a big role to play in the preparation and decisions. It is not easy with family being far and wide but I really thank God that we have emails, whatsapp,sms, easy phone call facilities etc. Family members from India, Canada, UK, Dubai and France stay connected and plan the wedding.
I made these coconut chocolates to give out with the invitations where ever possible. Most of the invites were for abroad but a couple were for Mombasa. Make these easy chocolates for special occasions, as gifts or just to satisfy your sweet tooth. I usually make these for Diwali to offer to guests when they come home.
From the time I added this post to my blog, I’ve made coconut chocolate so often but for some reason or the other didn’t manage to take new photos. I made these just recently for my niece’s wedding and this time remembered to take the photos. Its all thanks to the new Facebook Group Foodies_Redoing Old Posts started by Renu.
Old posts just get lost in the wide wide wide web unless they are very popular. Renu who blog’s at Cook with Renu has started a Facebook Group called Foodies_ Redoing Old Posts where every two weeks we can redo our old posts and share it on the group. What’s the advantage of doing this? Well, it gives us the opportunity to improve the write up, update photos and get comments. I’ve got so many old posts that need updating especially where the photos are concerned. This group with definitely give me the ‘push’ to prepare the dishes again for better photos.
Coming back to these delicious beauties, I still make them every Diwali without fail to give away as gifts. Any happy occasion at friends or relatives home and I make these coconuty chocolatey delights. I’ve tried these chocolates with orange, mint and lemon flavors. I love the orange, mint and vanilla. Some of my relatives like the lemon flavor.
Makes approx. 20 to 25
For the filling:
½ cup milk powder
1¼ cup desiccated coconut
½ tsp vanilla extract or peppermint essence
⅓ cup icing sugar
3 tbsp milk
For the coating:
1 cup icing sugar
½ cup drinking chocolate
½ cup cocoa powder
¾ cup milk powder
2 to 3 tbsp fresh milk
½ tsp lemon juice
some butter for greasing
To prepare the filling:
- Sieve the milk powder and icing sugar into a big bowl.
- Add the desiccated coconut and mix well.
- Add essence to the milk and mix. Add to the coconut mixture and form a dough.
- Take about ½ tsp of the filling and roll into a ball.
To prepare the coating:
- Sieve the icing sugar, milk powder,cocoa powder and drinking chocolate into a bowl.
- Add the lemon juice and milk and form into a dough.
To prepare the chocolate:
- Divide the dough into parts according to the number of coconut balls you have made.
- Grease your hands a bit and press one part of the filling dough into a small circle.
- Place the coconut ball on top of the coating mixture.
- Cover the coconut ball completely with the coating.
- Roll gently to make a smooth ball.
- Place on a greased tray.
- Repeat steps 2 to 5 with the remaining filling and coating.
- Put in the fridge if you stay in a hot and humid place.
- Add essence or extract of your choice.
- Add more milk to the coating if the dough cracks while rolling.
- The chocolate keeps well for a month in the fridge.
- When I made these in US I noticed that the coconut was a bit dry. I added some more milk and allowed the filling to rest for a while.
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