Sunday, May 12, 2013

Cocoa Coconut And Peanut Candy



Looks like everyone is rolling out recipes in honor of Mother's day. I am not trying to trail the rest; in fact I needed a break from blogging. Being a mum, I deserve to honor myself by doing nothing for the day. I woke up late, sipped into a hot cup of coffee and sat in front of the TV. And my thoughts wandered back to my relationship with my mum and my daughter, the two most important women in my life. It was never smooth sailing with both of them. We argued, we laughed and we cried together, like a roller coaster going up and down. Nothing has changed. We are still the same yet the strong bonding between us hasn't been broken.

Three of us are different in our own ways and let me conveniently blame it on the generation gap. Every time I argued and fought with my mum, I would come back home and complain not stop to my other half. And I love his logical reply - "Well, I will not take sides because she is the woman who gave birth to this adorable woman I am married today". I was and am lost for words over his neutrality.  Despite the arguments I have with my mum, Mother's day is a special day for us. We are extra lovey dovey towards each other although my mum will miss her mum who has left the world when she was five years old. I can understand how that would have been, growing up without the most important  person. I am so lucky she is always there for me until today. 

We have similar eating habits and the food we eat must be spicy, tangy and salty. Ironically she loves sweet stuffs whereas I am on the opposite. Patience isn't my virtue so I seldom bake, also time is another factor. Last week, I put everything aside and made candies for her. She ate them and there were no comments. As each piece of the brownies melted in her mouth, she reluctantly  commented that the brownies were "OK". I felt good, I felt happy and I was glad that I baked for the most important woman in my life. 

You can convert the candies to cookies too. Slice/cut the prepared dough into thin pieces before baking for thin crispy cookies. My mum likes crispy and soft gooey textured candy as per the pictures attached. 

Ingredients
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
3 tbsp butter
1/2 cup milk
1 cup crushed roasted peanuts
1 cup desiccated coconut
Method
Marie Bain or into a pot over another pot of boiling water, add sugar, cocoa, butter and milk. 
Stir and cook until sugar is dissolved for a thick texture.
Remove and cook down a bit.
Add in peanuts and coconut.
Mix all together for thick dough.
Tightly roll and wrap with glad wrap.
Leave it in the fridge for at least 3 hours.
After that, cut into slices.
(Depending on whether you like the cookie or thick brownie version)
Place on greased baking tray.
Bake at 170C for 30 mins or for a texture you prefer.
Bring out, cool down and store them.
Optional - dust some icing sugar on top.

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34 comments:

  1. i was i wish i was ur neighbor...looks so good...

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  2. Happy mother's day to u too. Delicious candy on most lovely day.

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  3. Wow, I have never eaten such a candy before. Coconut + peanut. I wonder how it would taste like. I love peanut. The twist in taste by the coconut will be interesting.

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  4. Wow those candies out there makes me hungry. The presentation is great. I m sure the two ladies in ur life would be happy to have this candy. Happy mothers Day.

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  5. I have a very good relationship with my mom.She is my inspiration. Mothers are. They nurture the kids and the saddest part is they have to let go the kids once they become independent.I always wonder this part must be very difficult for them.But this is how circle of life works.
    By the way delicious candy.
    & thanks for the comment moderation setting.
    Take care & happy Mothers day.

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  6. Lovely post Nava. Wishing you and your Mom a very happy mother's day and many more such happy moments to come. Candies look wonderful :-)

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  7. happy mothers day.. Lovely candy nice way to celebrate

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  8. Happy mother's day.. Delicious candies..coconut, peanut and cocoa all three are my favourite.. will surely try this candy..

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  9. They look so delicious :) By the way, coconut is my favorite! I have everything coconut, breakfast oats, body lotion, body wash, hand cream, the list goes on and on! haha!

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  10. Nava,Love the way u genuinely expressed ur feelings.Moms approving of everything happens only in movies, saying o.k itself is like a big yes :)
    Candies look yummy!

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  11. Lovely post Nava, Wish u a very happy mother's day
    Candies are simply superb...

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  12. Love coconut and this candy looks delicious.

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  13. wonderful post..happy mother's day..
    candies looks awesome..nice presentation

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  14. I pray that the love and bond you share with the two ladies in your life, may always grow stronger.. God bless.. Love candies since I was in school.. I must try your recipe Nava :-)

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  15. Awesome clicks Nava . Love those candies , wish to grab one

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  16. I agree that all relationships are never smooth-sailing, no matter how close you are. Nevertheless, I'm glad u had a great time bonding with each other. Awesome bake, Nava!

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  17. Reading your post made me think about my relationship with my mom. We had our fair share of storms in the past but then I was immature then. It's a lovely relationship now and I call her up every single day...she lives 350 kms away.

    The candies look so tempting!! Patience isn't your virtue? I doubt it!:)

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  18. Love your hubby's take on relationship. Sweet!

    And love this candy you ahve shared. I know my mum will go gaga when I make these for her.

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  19. Lovely Post Nava... wonderful candies :)

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  20. nice presentation nava.. beautiful candies..

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  21. LOL...everybody but me....me no talent..better buy :p...But yours are simply delightful to the eyes...bet it taste great

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  22. wonderful post with really yum recipe.. pass one to me..:)

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  23. very cute candies...yummy...

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  24. Oh Yeah! Blame the generation gap, HaHa - that is the easiest way to get away!
    Even my bonding with my mom is never easy, but very strong just like your case!!
    Also you must be doing a gangnum style dance for your spouse's comment - that sounded genuine and very special!!
    Cookie looks incredible! Love the variation of adding desiccated coconut!

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  25. A beautiful post to read my friend :)
    And this candy sounds too delicious!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  26. Lovely post Nava...and yes, peanuts, coconut and chocolate...you cannot go wrong!
    Have a great week :)

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  27. Belated Mother's Day wishes to you dear. Hope you had a wonderful day.
    Oh my oh my. Candies look amazing!

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  28. The combo ingredients on this special candy sound very tasty,btw Great post Nava :)

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  29. one look at your pic and i was drooling!! They looook sooo inviting!!

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  30. hi nava....love the combo of cocoa, coconut and peanut....ive tried making it before but mine always failed...it never gets harden and a bit too soft in texture....im gona bookmark urs n try it out when time permits...mum n daughter relationship is very unique...coz its only to mum that a daughter shows her true feelings and no matter how bad they argue the bond will only grow to be stronger!! its so special to have a mum or a daughter....its a companion of a LIFETIME!!

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  31. What a nice combi and add of coconut is so yummy. Love it.

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