Dulce de Coco (Coconut and Milk fudge)

Dulce de Coco Recipe (Coconut and Milk fudge): a very delicious and easy to prepare. You can either prepare it with new coconut or dry coconut.

One too many dulce de coco (coconut fudge) later: “These extra pounds have to go!” I exclaim looking at myself in the mirror. Normally this would not be much of a problem if it wasn’t because I was in the middle of the holidays.

Ah, the holidays. Time to overeat, overindulge, and find excuses. Not that I have anything against it, on the contrary, dieting during the holidays goes against my most fundamental beliefs. Actually, it is the only time of the year during which I don’t feel guilty about indulging in my second favorite sin: gluttony. Nothing to worry about, soon the new year will be here and I will put “losing excess weight” on top of the list of my new year’s resolutions.

You know, that list that we always write in December and conveniently forget around January 3.

Dulce de Coco Recipe (Coconut and Milk fudge): a very delicious and easy to prepare. You can either prepare it with new coconut or dry coconut.

I often wonder what the world would be like if we all actually remembered our resolutions past the last drink of the holidays. Just imagine, a world full of people that actually got around to start saving, lost weight, spent more time with their kids, started going to the gym, became more patient and polite, etcetera. Ah, what a wonderful world it would be.

The fact is that we give too much importance to dates: Mondays to start diets, birthdays to start doing this or that. A very unfortunate custom I think, after all any day is a good day to change for the better. But if you are one of us, and need a special date to start improving your life, start now. Let’s make this new year the best of our lives.

Dulce de Coco Recipe (Coconut and Milk fudge): a very delicious and easy to prepare. You can either prepare it with new coconut or dry coconut.

After a year of changes, some not for the better, a year of incertitude and a shaky economy we owe to ourselves to take a break.

So this is the deal: why not put “Be happy” on top the list. I, for one, know that having anything else but “lose weight” on top of the list already started making me happier.

Aunt Clara

Dulce de Coco Recipe (Coconut and Milk fudge)
 
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Dulce de Coco Recipe (Coconut and Milk fudge): a very delicious and easy to prepare. You can either prepare it with new coconut or dry coconut.
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Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 coconut
  • 4 cups of evaporated milk, or 6 cups of full milk
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)
Instructions
  1. Crack the coconut and remove the flesh (careful with sharp edges).
  2. Remove the dark peel using a potato peel. Wash and pat dry.
  3. Grate in the food processor (consistency depends on your taste). If you don't have a food processor you can use the true and tried method of grating the coconut by hand.
  4. Mix the all the ingredients in an iron pot and bring to a boil over very low heat.
  5. Stir regularly to avoid sticking and keep an eye on it to prevent it from over-boiling.
  6. When it reaches yogurt-like consistency remove from the heat (it may take up to 40 minutes). Chill before serving

Notes
You can either prepare it with new coconut (the kind that still has the soft husk and water) or dry coconut. Each has a different taste and each has its fans.

Some people like the coconut grated finely, some coarsely. I prefer a combination of both.

If you are not able to procure a coconut you can use dry packaged shredded coconut, although the taste won't be the same.

Comments

  1. Sulay

    Just finished this recipe for my brothers birthday today. He loves this so much, we all do but he REALLY loves this. It turned out delicious !! Thank You very much !

  2. Rosa

    Tia Dios la bendiga su ayuda es grandemente en nuestras cocinas…pregunta…puedo usar coco de funda y que cantidad para esta receta?
    Gracias

    • Rosa, la receta no la he probado con coco de funda, y sé que este no tiene el mismo sabor que el coco fresco, pero me parece que se puede, aunque si me permites un consejo, agregaría un poco de leche de coco para reponer el líquido perdido por el coco seco.

  3. CHRISTY RODRIGUEZ

    Hola Tia Clara ! OMG ! My husband is Cuban and I was born in th United States and have learned the “art” of cuban cooking and absolutely love cuban food. I found this website and the foods are similar and I cant wait to try your recipes ! Se ve delicioso ! Keep up the good work and I plan on buying the cookbook ! Todos sus recetas se ve fabuloso y bien rico especialmente la receta de sofrito ! Love it !

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