Rich and I both remember this from our childhood but haven’t had it in years. It was seen as a real treat and could always be found for sale at the school fete! I remember thinking it was so pretty and having made it now, I still think so. I can imagine making this for a Christmas present for someone with a sweet tooth, it would look lovely all wrapped up in a Kilner jar or a pretty box.
Although this is tooth-achingly sweet, the coconut stops it from being sickly. I don’t know many people that could eat more than a couple of squares though!
It’s best to leave this in the fridge overnight to set and dry out or else you don’t get that crumbly texture you will remember so well.
12 level tbsp sweetened condensed milk (It’s pretty much a whole 397g tin!)
350g (12oz) icing sugar
175g (6oz) desiccated coconut
A couple of drops of pink food colouring
Line a 7 inch square tin.
Put the condensed milk, icing sugar and coconut in a bowl and mix thoroughly. The mixture should come together after a few minutes and you should be able to knead it lightly into a smooth ball.
Press half of the mixture into the tin and level the top.
Add a couple of drops of the pink colouring to the rest of the mixture and work it through. If you feel you need more colouring then add one drop at a time, working each addition in until you have the desired colour.
Press the mixture flat on top of the white layer.
Leave in the fridge to set, preferably overnight.
Cut into 36 (approx) squares and store in an airtight tin.