Candies, Cakes, and Cookies: Coconut Souffle

Guests will appreciate these sophisticated single-portion confections baked and served in little jelly jars.

  • Yield: Makes 1 dozen 4-ounce souffles

Photography: JIM FRANCO

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, 2004

Ingredients

  • 1 fresh coconut
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons unsalted butter, plus more for jars
  • Granulated sugar, for coating jars
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk, 15% fat
  • 6 tablespoons confectioners' sugar, plus more for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure coconut extract
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 6 large egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

Directions

  1. Use a small screwdriver to pierce coconut's "eyes." Drain liquid; discard. Place coconut on a folded kitchen towel; turn and gently tap with a hammer a few inches below eyes to split. Break coconut into pieces, remove white meat, and cut away brown skin. Thinly slice coconut meat on a mandoline or with a vegetable peeler. Measure 1 cup.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with rack in lower third. Butter sides of twelve 4-ounce canning jars or ramekins, and coat with granulated sugar; tap out excess. Place jars on a baking sheet.

  3. In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add flour, and whisk constantly for 3 minutes. Gradually whisk in coconut milk. Bring to a boil, whisking until thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat, and whisk in 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar, the vanilla and coconut extracts, and lime juice. Transfer to a medium bowl.

  4. In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a whisk, beat egg whites and cream of tartar on medium until soft peaks form, about 3 minutes. Gradually add remaining 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar. Raise speed to high; beat until stiff peaks form, about 1 minute. Whisk reserved coconut mixture to loosen; whisk one-third of egg whites into it to lighten. Gently fold in remaining egg whites. Pour into prepared jars or ramekins, filling to 1/4 inch below rims. Place several strips of coconut on each; add stickers to jars, if using. Bake until puffed and golden brown, about 15 minutes. Dust with confectioners' sugar, and serve immediately.

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