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Coconut Kisses

You’ll love these sweet, heady kisses the way you love a favorite candy bar from your childhood. Sometimes I offer them with fruit purées for a light contrast.–Norman Van Aken

Special Equipment: Instant read thermometer

Coconut Kisses Recipe

  • Quick Glance
  • 1 H
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • Makes 45 to 50 kisses

Ingredients

  • 2 extra-large egg yolks
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • One 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 pound unsweetened grated coconut
  • 1 pound bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 cups unblanched almonds, toasted in a dry skillet until fragrant, and then chopped finely

Directions

  • 1. In a large heatproof bowl, beat the egg yolks. Using the back of a knife, scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean and add the seeds and bean pod to the eggs. Add the milk and butter and stir.
  • 2. Set the bowl over a large pot of simmering water (or use a double boiler); the bottom of the bowl should not touch the water. Whisk constantly, frequently checking the temperature of the mixture with an instant-read thermometer, until it registers 140°F (60°C). Remove from the heat.
  • 3. Discard the vanilla bean. Add the coconut and stir until incorporated. (The mixture will look like the filling of a Mounds candy bar.)
  • 4. To shape the kisses, use about 1 tablespoon per morsel – I like to form them into little pyramids, but you may prefer little spheres. Set them on a platter and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • 5. Spread the almonds on a plate. Put the chocolate into another large heatproof bowl and melt it over simmering water, stirring occasionally until smooth. Pour a little of the melted chocolate into a shallow cup. With a fork (a cocktail or fondue fork works great), gently skewer each kiss and dip it into the chocolate, then quickly roll it in the chopped almonds and place on a platter. Continue this process, adding more chocolate to the cup as necessary, until all are dipped and rolled. Let the chocolate set in a cool place before serving. (Stored in an airtight container at room temperature, these will keep for up to a week.)
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