31 October 2013

Homemade Coconut 'Bounty' Bars

When I have failures...
They seem to happen in two's or threes.
Thankfully by some miracle, 
I seem to be able to save the project at hand!
Remember the 'almost failure' with the French Look DIY pot? 
http://miabellapassion.blogspot.co.nz/2013/10/mod-podge-creation-reveal.html
Well folks, here is an 'almost' EPIC FAIL
 I thought I would share with you...
I add the work EPIC as I was pretty sure 
this one at the time of making was definitely not save-able!
I found a delicious recipe for home made bounty bars
with SIMPLE picture instructions at 'Not Enough Cinnamon',
Home made bounty bars are
sometimes known as mounds...
and I thought "oh YUM, let the confectionery making begin!".
It all started off so well...
I gathered my ingredients...
 condensed milk, coconut, melting chocolate.
And into my bowl went...
one cup of condensed milk and three cups of coconut.
It was mixed together as instructed.
So far so good!
But then mistake number one occurred,
I added a bit more coconut as I thought the mixture was too wet!
 Mental note to self for the future...
'Do not over think things!'
Then I 'squeezed' the coconut mixture - using clean, wet hands into mounds...
Which of course was harder to do, 
because my mixture was now dryer than it should have been.
Second note to self...
'Do not adjust quantities - stick to recipe!'
The wee mounds were popped onto a tray lined with baking paper
and into the freezer for 20 minutes they went...
Near to the end of chilling time I melted the milk chocolate...
and this is where things went 
horribly, 
horribly 
wrong...
The first mound was dipped, and the coldness of it made the chocolate set FAST!
It looked OK, quite smooth, but a little thick, 
so thinking the chocolate needed to be thinner...
Mistake number two occurred... 
 I added a little bit of cream to it.
BIG MISTAKE!
IT WENT THICKER!!!
Needless to say I was grateful a chocolate cake was in the oven, 
and my chocolate concoction was now the ganache to ice it with!
Then melted dipping chocolate attempt number two began...
Dark chocolate this time...
Nicely melted, 
but I still struggled to dip my mounds nicely...
they did not look smoothly coated...
In fact mine most certainly resembled hedgehogs!
And worst still...
one got completely stuck to the fork,
But that was a terrific excuse to EAT it!
Quite clearly I need a few lessons on how to dip confectionery into melted chocolate.
(I am thinking I did not have my melted chocolate hot enough!)
But the good thing is...
they may not look like the perfect chocolate mounds 
created by 'not enough cinnamon' on their Blog... ...
BUT THEY DO TASTE DELICIOUS..
My home made coconut bounty bar mounds have a new name:
 'Coconut hedgehogs'!