I think we’re all well aware that I bake more than the average person. Being in the kitchen so much makes me take for granted the tasks that are second nature for me. That doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re second nature for you. After all that’s why I started the Fundamentals series to begin with – which I’ve been a little lax with, by the way.
While toasting coconut for an upcoming recipe, I thought the simple process would be the perfect way to get the Fundamentals series back in motion.
Coconut can add flavor and texture to many desserts such as cupcakes, dessert bars and cookies. Shredded or flaked coconut straight from the bag has a great flavor but, in my opinion, it can be a tad chewy. If you’d like the coconut to have a crisp texture, it is really simple to toast at home. Toasting the coconut will also bring out a richer, nuttier flavor and will add more depth to your favorite dishes and desserts.
There are two techniques for toasting coconut. You can use the stove top or the oven. Personally, I am a big fan of the stove top method. I find I have a little more control since I am able to keep a constant eye on the coconut, plus frequent stirring allows for a more evenly toasted finished product.
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