Tuesday, July 28, 2009

How to... Toast coconut

So easy, and tastes and looks great! It is a terrific way to add nuttiness, maximizes the coconut flavor, and possesses a crispy yet chewy texture. It can easily be done over the stove top or in your oven. Coconut burns easily so take your time and stir often.

Oven method
1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F.
2. Spread unsweetened coconut shavings, or sweetened shredded or flaked coconut on a rimmed baking sheet and bake, stirring once or twice, until golden, about 5 to 10 minutes.

Tip: If toasting sweetened coconut, check and stir more frequently because the added sugar causes irregular browning.

Source: Bon Appetit

Stovetop method
1. Spread coconut in a single layer into a skillet.
2. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the edges of the coconut flakes turn brown, but the middle remains white.

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