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15 oz milk cooking chocolate
4 cups shredded coconut
1 can (384ml) sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup Icing/Powdered sugar




In a large mixing bowl mix together the coconut, sugar and condensed milk.


Line a 9 x 12 inch foil tray with greaseproof paper or baking parchment.


Empty the coconut mixture into the tray pressing it down and levelling it flat.


Refrigerate over night.


Turnout the coconut and cut into 2 x 1 inch rectangles

Melt the chocolate over a pan of boiled water stiring all the time to keep the chocolate shiny and glossy. Be careful not to splash water into the chocolate.


Remove the bowl from the pan and allow the chocolate to cool for a few minutes.


Working swiftly drop one if the coconut blocks into the chocolate coating it completely using two forks.


Allow excess chocolate to drip away as you lift out the chocolate covered treat and place on greaseproof/parchment and allow to cool

As the chocolate cool and solidifies you can patten the bars with a fork and decorate

Sprinkle with a little coconut or crystal sugar

You can also melt white chocolate and drizzle over the treats

When cooling do not place in the fridge as the chocolate will go dull

If you dont want to make bars you can always make balls of the mixture for a chocolate treat

I also added glace cherries to some of the mixture to make a treat like the old 1970s/1980s Roundtree Cabana Bars




Apr. 13th, 2014 07:10 pm
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My first attempt at choux pastry profiteroles wirh lemon cream and there is chocolate ginger sauce on the side


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This is what I call my McKay Prohibitive Cheese Cake

I love cheesecake and so do many people I know Everytime I have taken it to a party or celebration it is demolished in less than 5 minutes.

Here is my recipe )

Orange lemon and lime baked cheesecake by Melodysparks (Chris Preedy)
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Ham, cheese and red pepper quiches

Homemade Ham Cheese and red pepper quiche

Lemon Meringue Pie

meringue and quiche

Heres the before shot

quiche ready to bake


Mar. 11th, 2012 07:52 pm
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I baked today. One of my favourtie hobbies is cooking and baking. There is something about taking a bunch of raw ingrediants and blending them together and creating something tasty.

I must admit that I am a dab hand at muffins and cupcakes especially blueberry muffins and carrot cake cupcakes but my specialities are Baked Luscious Lemon Cheesecake, Lemon Meringue Pie and assorted quiches.

When I go out on a photowalk with Nottingham Flickr Group I always take along a few tasty treats for our coffee break. I think I spoil them all but its one of the things I like to do. Usually I take 3 flasks of boiling water and a small one of cold milk, teabags, instant coffee and hot chocolate mix along with my baked goodies.

For our trip to Foxton Locks last year I made Red Velvet with vanilla icing decorated with Chocolate and Red White & Blue Sugar Balls, Lemon and Blackberry Muffins with Strawberry Frosting and Red White and BLue Sugar Balls and White Chocolate Stars, Carrot Cake with Vanilla Frosting and Red White and Blue Sugar Balls, Chocolate cheesecake tartlets and Carrot Cake Muffins with Vanilla Frosting and Chocolate shavings and Chocolate Sugar Balls. They all went down a treat along with the hot chocolate, tea and coffee.

Red Velvet with Chocolate and Red White & Blue Sugar Balls

Pattiserie du Sparky presents Results of my afternoon baking

Today I baked a ham, cheese and red and yellow bell pepper quich and Tomato, ham and mozerella tarte.

The tarte was tasty but the flaky puff pastry soaked up too much of the tomato so it was a bit limp, oh well it was a first try but the quiche came our superb as usual. I doubt I will get any of the quiche as my hubby will no doubt pig out on it for his tea tomorrow night.

Now tea is over I can settle down to the second part of NCIS two parter Engaged.
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It was a bad day at work yesterday and one of a series of bad days for a friend of mine. At the end of the day she seemed so worn, defeated and so, so sad and in the need for cheering up.

So on the way home last night I popped into Sainsbury’s and picked up a stick of butter a bag of caster sugar, a large bar of milk chocolate and the biggest jar of peanut butter I could find and when I got home baked her a batch of my peanut butter with chocolate chunk cookies. This morning I received a tremulous smile from her even though the defeat and sadness was still echoed in her eyes.

I couldn’t do anything to help her other than be there and try to cheer her with cookies that I know she likes.

I hate it when I am helpless to help or resolve problems from people I care about. I have never been one to just sit on the sidelines watching and waiting for things to work themselves out I prefer to be a proactive person and help sort the problem out or at least stand shoulder to shoulder providing support.

Now I feel sad. Coffee and cookies are essential now. There should be another 2 cups left in my coffee machine. Mmmm… Tim Hortons. My friend from Canada ships cans of Hortons’ coffee to me cause we don’t have Tim Hortons over here in the UK. If I run out of Horton’s coffee, a very nice Columbian or Peruvian will do in fact any of the other South American coffees will. I can’t drink African coffee due to the acidity in the bean that gives me terrible heartburn. The closest I have to a decent coffee shop is Caffe Nero and at a push Costa.
Ok, so who has pinched the last of my coffee???


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