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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Homemade chocolate hazelnut spread (©Nutella-like)

Nutella like chocolate hazelnut spread

This is the kind of recipe I don’t make too often as I crave for it. Although from time to time, this little weakness is great to satisfy. Especially when planning a crepe party for which it makes the absolute filling.

For a more ©Nutella-like taste, use half dark chocolate and half milk chocolate and reduce coconut sugar quantity.

Homemade chocolate hazelnut spread (©Nutella-like) 

Ingredients (1 jar)

  • 200g/7oz chocolate (dark or half dark, half milk)
  • 100g/3.5oz Hazelnut praline paste
  • 20cl/6.7 fl.oz. sugar free condensed milk
  • 50g/1.7oz coconut sugar (or regular sugar)
  • 1 coffee spoon/teaspoon of butter

Directions

In a pan, heat the condensed milk and coconut sugar until boiling. Remove from heat.

Add the chocolate, hazelnut praline paste and butter. Mix well.

Fill a jar. Leave to cool before serving.

Keep at room temperature and eat within 5 days. If stored in the fridge, take it out ten minutes before serving.

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