Yes OK so I am still obsessed by Hemsley & Hemsley, it could take a while for me to stop being obsessed and yes i know, slow of the mark but at least I am making the recipes rather than just staring adoringly at them…
Hemsley & Hemsley call these Paradise bars but to me they are basically bounty bars, the one chocolate in a box of Celebrations that I hope no one else likes. But thank you to H&H I can eat one (ahem or two) of these and almost feel no guilt at all.
200g bar creamed coconut
6 tbsp coconut oil
3 tbsp raw honey
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of sea salt
150g desiccated coconut
200g 85% cocoa solids dark chocolate
Line a 20cm square or similar sized rectangular tin with baking paper. Then get your coconut cream and while it is still in the packet submerge in a bowl of hot water till it becomes liquid.
Measure out your coconut oil and then mix with the liquid creamed coconut. If you are struggling with the coconut oil being too solid, place your mixing bowl over some warm water and it should eventually mix with the creamed coconut.
Then add the rest of the ingredients apart from the chocolate and desiccated coconut. Add two table spoons of water then add the desiccated coconut and stir till mixed. Pour into your pre prepared baking tin and press down till solid and put into the fridge for 15 minutes.
While the coconut mixture firms up in the fridge, it is time to melt your chocolate. Place into a glass bowl over a pan of hot water, making sure the water doesn’t boil at any stage and gently melt. Hold back a quarter of your chocolate to add once it had melted and this should help temper the chocolate back to it’s original state and stop it from getting sticky in your fingers when you pick these up.
Once the mixture in the fridge is firm, remove and cut into squares then dip each coconut square into the melted chocolate and leave on baking parchment to set. These do not need to be left in the fridge, just in a cool place and they last for at last a week.. well that is if you have not scoffed them all before then.
I like to keep a couple without chocolate for the days when i need a slight pick me up but not too indulgent.