Sunday, May 12, 2013

Cocoa Coconut And Peanut Candy

Seem likes everyone is rolling out recipes in honour of Mother's day. Though I'm not trying to trail any of them. I agree 100% - mums deserve all the recognition because I know better. I am a mum myself. Not easy, trust me, being a mum is not easy at all, lots of joy, as well as lots of pain. But that's ok. I have survived so far and I know that I will continue to try my best, to be there for my one and only kid. 

This year on Mothers Day, I decided to honor myself. I put everything aside and gave myself a break. I woke up late, sipped  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. Let me be very honest. It was and it is still - never a smooth sailing relationship with both of them. We argue, we laugh and we cry 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.

The three of us are different, in our own ways and I shall conveniently blame it on the generation gap. Each time I argued and fought with my mum, I would come back home and complain not stop to my other half. Despite the arguments, Mother's day is a special day for us. We are extra lovey-dovey towards each other although, obviously, my mum misses her mum, who left the world when she was five years old. I purely understand, how that would have been, growing up without the most important person. Indeed, it also makes me realise that I am so lucky, mum is always there for me until today. 

Somehow, against all odds, we have similar eating habits and the food we eat must be spicy, tangy and salty. But for sure, one thing does not compute - mum loves sweet stuffs whereas I am on the opposite. Mmm!!! Wonder what went wrong where??  Anyway, while its still a big mystery, last week, I put everything aside and made candies for her. She ate  and said nothing. After eating a few pieces, she reluctantly, for some reason or rather, commented that the brownies were "OK".  I smiled but at the same time, I got the message that she liked the candies - awesomely fantastic - soft, chewy texture, with a crispy outer covering.  

1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
3 tbsp butter
1/2 cup milk
1 cup crushed roasted peanuts
1 cup desiccated coconut
Marie Bain(water bath or double boiler technic), stir and simmer sugar, cocoa, butter and milk; till sugar is dissolved and for a thick texture.
Remove and cook down a bit.
Add in peanuts and coconut.
Mix all together for a thick dough.
Tightly roll and wrap with glad wrap.
Leave it in the fridge for at least 3 hours.
After that, cut into slices, thick or thin. 
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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  1. i was i wish i was ur neighbor...looks so good...

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

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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 :-)

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

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

  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!

  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!

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

  12. Love coconut and this candy looks delicious.

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

  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 :-)

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

  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!

  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!:)

  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.

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

  20. nice presentation nava.. beautiful candies..

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

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

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

  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!

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

    Choc Chip Uru

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

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

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

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

  30. hi the combo of cocoa, coconut and peanut....ive tried making it before but mine always never gets harden and a bit too soft in 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!!

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


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