choco­late co­conut slice - - EAT REAL -

Every­one needs a lit­tle choco­late in their lives. But it doesn’t need to con­tain dairy; this amaz­ing slice is tes­ta­ment to that. makes 6-10 slices

65g (1 cup) shred­ded co­conut, plus ex­tra, if needed 55g (1 cup) co­conut flakes 250g dark choco­late, finely chopped sweet­ened con­densed co­conut milk 650ml co­conut milk 12 ⁄ cup co­conut su­gar Pinch of salt 12 ⁄ tsp vanilla ex­tract

1 To make con­densed co­conut milk, com­bine the co­conut milk, su­gar and salt in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a sim­mer. Be care­ful not to heat the milk too much, be­cause it can burn and boil very quickly. When it reaches a sim­mer, re­duce the heat to low and let it gen­tly bub­ble away un­til re­duced to about 250ml (1 cup). Check the milk reg­u­larly to make sure it doesn’t burn or boil over, stir­ring at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals. The whole process can take up to 2 hours so stay close by. When the milk has re­duced to the de­sired con­sis­tency, stir in the vanilla. Set aside to cool. Store in an air­tight con­tainer in the fridge un­til ready to use, for up to 3 months. 2 Line a square 20cm slice pan with bak­ing pa­per, al­low­ing the sides to over­hang for easy re­moval of the slice. 3 Place the shred­ded and flaked co­conut and 80ml ( 13 ⁄ cup) of the sweet­ened con­densed co­conut milk in a bowl. Mix un­til com­bined. Press evenly into the pre­pared pan. If the mix­ture seems too wet, add a lit­tle more co­conut. Place in the fridge to chill for 5 min­utes. 4 Melt the choco­late in a heat­proof bowl placed over a saucepan of sim­mer­ing wa­ter, mak­ing sure base of bowl is not in con­tact with the wa­ter. Stir un­til smooth. Pour the choco­late over the chilled co­conut base and spread to cover evenly. Re­turn to fridge un­til firm. 5 Once the choco­late has set, use the bak­ing pa­per to re­move the slice from the pan. Place it on a cut­ting board and cut it in half. Sand­wich the halves to­gether, co­conut sides in, then cut into bite-sized pieces. Keep chilled.

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