So I decided to test a recipe for one of Food52.com‘s community contests. I initially wanted to enter a recipe but the mandatory ingredient for the contest was coconut and I had run out of it only the day before I chanced upon the project. Such a weird thing in a household that consumes fresh coconut as much as any vegetable.
Anyway, I decided to test one of the entries, the Coconut Milk Caramel and boy was I glad I chose this one! It was the first time I tried my hands at making caramel, without a candy thermometer at that. It came out pretty well, although I suspect I should have let the toffee simmer for a couple more minutes because it was a tad gooey. I also skipped the coconut essence because with the coconut milk and toasted coconut layer, I figured an addition of something intensely concentrated like coconut essence would break the dish more than build it.
I don’t know if I made the right decision but the end product was so darn delicious! The next time I make this (and I am pretty sure I will!), I will try it with the essence. Until then, I shall do my best at resisting these lovelies.
I have a feeling I am going to stumble a couple of times…
Oh and I finally got to enter my previous post, the creamy saffron-infused Kulfi for the website’s next contest called Your Best Frozen Dessert. This is not a shameless plug but if you have time, you should check this one out. They have a huge collection of delicious frozen treats on display!