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How to Toast or Color Coconut Recipe

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Toasting coconut gives an added flavor dimension. It is surprisingly simple to color your own coconut at home.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


  • Shredded coconut
  • Food coloring


To Toast Grated Coconut:
Spread coconut out in an ungreased shallow baking pan and toast, uncovered, stirring often, 30 to 40 minutes at 300 degrees F. until golden.

Microwave Method:
Spread 1 cup flaked coconut in a flameproof glass piepan or paper plate; microwave, uncovered, at HIGH power 2 minutes; stir and microwave 3 to 4 minutes longer, stirring every minute, until evenly golden.

To Color Grated Coconut:
Dip a toothpick in food color, stir through coconut, then rub with your fingers to distribute. Repeat until color is the intensity you want.

How to Make Coconut Cream or Milk:
Coconut Cream Recipe
Coconut Milk Recipe

Source: The New Doubleday Cookbook by Jean Anderson and Elaine Hanna (Doubleday)
Reprinted with permission.

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how to toast coconut, Member yelsel1

you only need to do this for five minutes the time is definitely wrong.

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