Saturday, July 27, 2013

How to Toast Coconut

If you love coconut then today's post is for you! Because, today I'm going to show you "How to Toast Coconut". Toasted coconut adds so much texture and a depth of flavor to many recipes. Being a baker at a busy church restaurant I need to make quadruple batches of gourmet cookies at a time. This means I need to toast 8 cups (Yes! 8 cups) at a time for some of my gourmet cookie recipes. (Stay tuned because I have an amazing cookie recipe coming your way soon, I promise!).

How to toast coconut
 Toasted coconut tastes amazing in recipes, it adds a crunchy texture and intensives the coconut flavor!

Spread the coconut evenly across a full size sheet pan, put it in a preheated 400 degree F oven.

 Check the coconut every 3-4 minutes (ovens may vary, so the first time you toast coconut check it at 2-3 minutes). The top and edges of the coconut will be golden brown.

 Remove the sheet pan from the oven and stir until the golden brown coconut is evenly distributed.

 Spread the coconut across the sheet pan again and put it back in the oven.

Repeat this process until the coconut is golden brown and perfectly crunchy, just like the picture!

How to Toast Coconut
Ingredients:
8 cups coconut

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Take a full size sheet pan and spread the coconut evenly across, put the sheet pan in the oven.
  3. Check the coconut every 3-4 minutes (ovens may vary, so the first time you toast coconut check it at 2-3 minutes). The top and edges of the coconut will be golden brown.
  4. Remove the sheet pan from the oven and stir until the golden brown coconut is evenly distributed. 
  5. Spread the coconut evenly across the sheet pan and put it back into the oven.
  6. Bake 3-4 minutes, remove from oven and stir.
  7. Repeat the baking and stirring process until all the coconut is evenly golden brown. It should be evenly golden brown with 3-4 baking/stirring times.

*New Update - For smaller batches of toasted coconut
To toast 1-2 cups coconut:
  1. Put 1-2 cups coconut in a pan over medium heat.
  2. Stir with a wooden spoon constantly to avoid burning.
  3. Put in a bowl and cool completely before using it in recipe.

This baking tip is great for topping cream pies, like my Coconut Cream Pie, and for some cakes, cookies and bar recipes too!

Crazy for coconut? Then you're going to love these:

Coconut Cream Pie
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2 comments:

  1. What a great tip. I usually put it in and then it burns since I forget about it. lol!
    8 cups is a lot of coconut.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Bev
    @ Eclectic Red Barn

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    1. Hi Bev. Thanks for stopping by! I know, you have to watch it carefully. 8 cups is a lot but you can cut the amount down to 1-2 cups, or whatever you need. :)

      Have a wonderful weekend too!
      Heather

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