Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Blueberry Coconut Squares

These are quite sweet and rich but not, I didn't think, sickeningly so. I've put them in as an "all year" item, because the blueberries could be replaced with other berries or dried fruit such as cranberries or raisins, or even omitted altogether. They do go very well with the coconut and lime though. These were very well received...

Makes 48 squares
1 hour - 30 minutes prep time

Blueberry Coconut Squares
Make the Base:
2 cups soft whole wheat flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter
4 tablespoons ice cold water

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line the bottom of a 9" x 13" metal baking pan with parchment paper. Lightly butter the sides.

Mix the flour, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl. Cut the butter into small pieces and rub it into the flour, until it is evenly distributed and the flour looks moist. Stir in the water until the mixture comes together in a loose dough.

Press the dough evenly over the bottom of the pan. Prick it all over with a fork. Bake for 10 minutes, until just set. Let cool slightly, but keep the oven on.

Make the Topping:
2 cups blueberries

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup coconut milk
the finely grated zest of 2 limes
2 extra-large eggs
the juice of 1 lime
4 cups unsweetened dessicated coconut

Wash and pick over the blueberries, and drain them well.

Put the butter, sugar, coconut milk and lime zest in a large pot and bring the mixture to a boil. Boil steadily for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside to cool slightly.

Spread the blueberries evenly over the baked, somewhat cooled crust.

Beat the eggs and lime juice into the boiled mixture, then stir in the coconut. Spoon this over the top of the blueberries, and spread it out evenly.

Bake for 30 minutes at 350°F, until firm and golden around the edges. Let cool before slicing.

Last year at this time I made Cauliflower Torta & Apricot Jam.


Sarah-Lyn said...

What a lovely flavour combination - Blueberry and coconut - I would never think of ... I would love it, my boyfriend would hate it lol

But I think I'd make it anyway, or a vegan version.


Ferdzy said...

It's a great combination - but don't forget the lime! And treats the boyfriend doesn't like do have their advantages.

Ellie said...

These look amazing. They look very moist and delishious!! I wonder how they would be with lemon. :)

Monica said...

Do you think substituting tart pie cherries in place of the blues might also work?

Ferdzy said...

Monica, I don't see why not. Just try to keep them on the dry side - drain off any juice before you put them in. Or don't pit them, and warn the eaters.