Coconut bites (“Congolais”)

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Coconut bites (“Congolais”) The coconut bites were one of my favorite treat as a child. And I still think it’s really enjoyable. The recipe is extremely simple and quick. A homemade 4 o’clock in just a minute. I tried to use a pastry bag to shape the bites but the texture is really thick. It might work if you have a big tip. Otherwise, just have fun – with or without kids – shaping them with hands.

Ingredients (for 18 coconut bites):

  • 150g/5,3oz grated coconut
  • 100g/3,5oz sugar
  • 3 egg whites

Directions: Preheat the oven to 200°C/390°F Mix all the ingredients together. – Optional: Christophe Felder, French pastry chef, recommends to cook the ingredients for 10 minutes in a bain-marie before cooking in the oven. It reduces the oven cooking time and help keeping the cake’s heart more tender. – Make some small pyramids and shape the bites as you like. Place them on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Cook for 15 minutes.

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Sweet courgette/zucchini and coconut cake

Sweet zucchini and coconut cake

One morning, I had nothing left for breakfast. I love breakfast and sometimes I feel lazy to go to the bakery. I rather make pancakes or crepes. Problem was that morning I had nothing to make a cake but zucchini. No milk, no egg.

Fortunately, previous weekend, my friend Nelly (La Dinette de Nelly) told me about a sweet zucchini cake she made and brought at the office. Nelly’s co-workers are so lucky. She always brings them the sweetest treats. I hadn’t quiet exactly the same ingredients she used. Also I tried with what was left in my kitchen : zucchini, 1/2 lemon, coconut milk, flour, butter and sugar. And from time to time, improvised recipes just work.

Ingredients (6 muffins):

  • 1 small courgette/zucchini
  • 1/2 lemon zest
  • 120g/3.85oz flour
  • 120ml/4fl.oz. coconut milk
  • 120g/3.85oz sugar
  • 60g/1.95oz butter
  • Vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat the oven at 180°C.

Peel the zucchini. Cut in two and take off the seeds if many. Steam it for 10-15 minutes until soft. In a mixer bowl, mix the flour, zucchini, coconut milk, sugar, melted butter and two drops of vanilla extract. Then, add the 1/2 lemon zest and mix gently.

Pour the mixture in muffins molds. Cook for 25-30 minutes.