Looking for a fun way to decorate a cake or garnish a dessert recipe? Toasted fresh coconut curls make a beautiful garnish for cakes, bars, pies, and more. Follow these four steps to finish off your desserts in style with fresh toasted coconut.
Place a fresh coconut in a heavy resealable plastic bag. Use a hammer or mallet to crack the coconut in half.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Starting on one side of a large piece of coconut, use a vegetable peeler to peel off large curls of coconut.
Bake coconut curls in a single layer on a large baking sheet until curls are very light brown, about 3 to 5 minutes. Cool completely before using.
Use toasted coconut curls to garnish desserts, cakes, and pies, such as this delicious White Chocolate and Coconut Cream Pie.
Coconut cream pie is a classic favorite. And with a few simple recipe tweaks, you can go from good to great coconut flavor. The secret is to use 3 different kinds of coconut. First, use unsweetened coconut milk in the filling. You can find it with the Asian ingredients at most grocery stores. Don't mistake it for the cream of coconut which is used to make piña coladas and is very sweet. Second, add a teaspoon of coconut extract to the thickened filling. And, finally, sprinkle toasted coconut into the bottom of the pie shell before pouring the filling on top. We like sweetened shredded or flaked coconut. But you can also use unsweetened coconut like natural chips or flakes. Now, that's pie with unmistakable coconut flavor.