Coconut Penuche

Makes:
32 servings
Yields:
32 pieces or about 1-1/2 pounds
Prep:
30 mins
Cook:
20 mins
Cool:
50 mins
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Coconut Penuche

Ingredients
1 1/2
1
cup packed brown sugar
1/3
cup light cream or half-and-half
1/3
cup milk
2
tablespoons butter
1
teaspoon vanilla
1
3 1/3 ounce can (1-1/3 cups) flaked coconut

Directions

  1. Line an 8x4x2-inch loaf pan with foil, extending foil over edges of pan. Butter the foil; set pan aside.
  2. Butter the sides of a heavy 2-quart saucepan. In the saucepan combine the sugar, brown sugar, cream, and milk. Cook over medium-high heat to boiling. stirring constantly with a wooden spoon to dissolve sugars. This should take about 5 minutes. Avoid splashing mixture on sides of pan. Carefully clip candy thermometer to side of pan.
  3. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently until thermometer registers 236 degree F, soft-ball stage. Mixture should boil at a moderate, steady rate over the entire surface. Reaching soft-ball stage should take 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Remove pan from heat. Add the 2 tablespoons butter and vanilla, but do not stir. Cool, without stirring, to 110 degree F, about 50 minutes. Remove thermometer. Beat vigorously until just beginning to thicken; add coconut. Continue beating until very thick and just starts to lose its gloss. This should take about 10 minutes total. Turn into prepared pan. While warm, score into 1-inch squares. When firm, lift out of pan; cut into squares. Store tightly covered. Makes 32 pieces or about 1-1/2 pounds.

From the Test Kitchen

Up to 2 weeks ahead prepare penuche. Store in the refrigerator in a tightly covered container.

Nutrition Facts

(Coconut Penuche)
    Per serving:
  • 86 kcal cal.,
  • 2 g fat
  • (2 g sat. fat,
  • 3 mg chol.,
  • 13 mg sodium,
  • 17 g carb.,
  • 16 g sugar
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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