Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Coconut Milk

The kids recently became fascinated with coconuts, so while we were out shopping the other day, I decided to buy one. We took it home and cracked it open to see what was inside that hairy brown shell. I personally love curries made with coconut milk, so I decided to make up a fresh batch of milk in the Thermomix which I later used to make a Thai curry. Freshly made coconut milk is something else and well worth the extra effort.  I used the leftover pulp to make a Coconut Cake with Lemon Syrup for dessert.

1 coconut, flesh removed and cut into chunks (see note below)
500g warm water

  1. Place the coconut flesh and water into the TM bowl and blend for 30 seconds/speed 10.
  2. Pour through a strainer, leaving the pulp behind.
  3. Chill in the refrigerator until set, then scoop the cream from the top.
Makes 500g

Pierce the eyes of the coconut with a skewer and drain out the water (which you can drink.) Hold the coconut and give it a good crack with the back of a cleaver. Gently prise it open then carefully use a knife or large spoon to prise the flesh from the shell. With a sharp knife, clean the brown skin from the flesh and cut into small chunks.

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