Coconut Easter Eggs
based on recipe from www.cooks.com
|Prep Time||2 hours|
While Trade Aid doesn't sell Chocolate Easter eggs, this shouldn't stop you from creating your own - either by melting down chocolate fair trade chocolate and pouring them into plastic molds or using something in the centre - such as a Trade Aid medjoul date, a fruit truffles mix such as fair trade sultanas and cinnamon, or something like this coconut concoction below, beware though you need a very sweet tooth for this recipe!
Also for a good way to make Easter eggs without plastic molds check out this recipe on Epicurious recipe website and replace the chocolate with Trade Aid's dark chocolate (a bittersweet variety) or better yet use our organic dark orange chocolate!
- 1⁄2 t salt
- 1 t vanilla
- 225 g coconut
- 3 c trade aid sugar
- 200 g trade aid chocolate
- 1 potatoes - cooked and mashed
- Mix half the cooked potato, coconut, salt and vanilla together.
- Gradually add sugar and use a food processor to mix until well blended. If the mix when squeezed into a ball doesn't keep shape mix in the other half the potato. The potato starch should bind all the other bits together.
- Shape into eggs and place on baking paper overnight.
- The next day, melt the chocolate using a double boiler (if you dont have a double boiler, place a glass bowl with broken up pieces of chocolate in a pan with 2-3cm of water in the bottom and warm over a low heat - make sure that no water gets into the chocolate mix though!)
- Dip the eggs into the chocolate and set on waxed paper to harden - you could coat them with decorations such as chocolate hail, nuts and coconut at this stage too - especially if you arent so good at dipping...
You might want to consider using flavoured Trade Aid chocolate - almond, peppermint, or orange to coat different eggs.. and you can always roll them once coated in chocolate in something like coconut shavings, chocolate hail, crushed nuts...Or why not add something to the potato mixture... here are some example flavours I have found on the internet - although not tested!
- Tiramisu: Rum essence (or a dash of the real stuff!), Trade Aid cocoa, and Trade Aid instant espresso powder
- Trade Aid organic almonds ang ginger spice
- Candied Ginger and Trade Aid mango (or guava and papaya)
- Trade Aid Raisin mixed with cinnamon and spice
- Peppermint balls - add a few drops of peppermint essence to the potato mix and coat in Trade Aid peppermint crisp chocolate
- Peanut Butter added to the potato mix with Chopped Peanuts on the outside