Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Sweetened condensed milk cocada

Sweetened condensed milk cocada

Going through one of my cookbooks in search of a salad recipe, I “accidentally” opened it in the sweet chapter. :)

In one of his twice a year sudden urges for sweets, João saw a photo of cocada (a very traditional candy made of coconut) and asked me to make it.
As I would not be able to find freshly grated coconut to make that specific recipe, I remembered something I had seen on a dear friend’s blog – a fantastic cocada recipe that called for sweetened condensed milk.

The cocadas were simply wonderful! I had only 1 – the horror, the horror – but João ate several.
While mixing the ingredients in the pan, I thought the dough was a bit dry and decided to add a little milk. On the following day, I wrote to my friend and she told me that after you start cooking the mixture it comes together correctly.

Anyway, the recipe worked perfectly and has already become one of this blog’s favorites.

Sweetened condensed milk cocada

Sweetened condensed milk cocada

1 can sweetened condensed milk (395g)
2 cans granulated sugar – use the empty condensed milk can to measure it
200g unsweetened desiccated coconut
1 teaspoon unsalted butter, room temperature
6 tablespoons milk – I used 1% fat, the one I had at home

Grease a 30x20 cm baking pan with butter. Set aside.
Mix the condensed milk, sugar, coconut, butter and milk in a heavy-bottom saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly – when the bottom of the pan starts to show and the mixture is a bit thicker (20-25 minutes), remove from heat and immediately pour the mixture into the prepared pan.
Set aside to cool and then cut into squares.

Makes 38 pieces


Anonymous said...

Wow, they look so tasty and easy to make! I wonder if I could veganize the recipe...

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Patricia - what an excellent outcome - start with salad and end with sweets! I approve wholeheartedly!

Anh said...

Fantastic! I have one confession to make: I love condensed milk. It makes all my baked goods 100x creamier and richer, something I WANT!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Coconut macaroons are my favorite cookies, so I know I would love your cocada! It must be so sweet and chewy. Mmmm... how about a little nibble? Just a little one?

Susan said...

Patricia, you know how I feel about those special Latin condensed-milk sweets? Keep them coming!

TBC said...

So this is what you were talking about on my blog. It is so very similar:-)
I should try using condensed milk the next time for a better texture.
Isn't this delicious?

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Oh Patricia this looks so good. It also looks like a family super treasure recipe. Love the measuring of sugar in the condensed milk can. And João likes it! What more could we ask.

Oh for the love of food! said...

Well done, Patricia, I'd choose sweets over salad anytime myself! HA!HA!
The Cocadas look wonderful, we have a similar sweet in Asia too, with lots of condensed milk!

Manggy said...

I think my blood sugar increased just reading the recipe! Is it possible to get the top extra-toasty? Looks yummy!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I'm sending this recipe to my husband -- it combines all of the things he loves! You will make him very happy with this one.

Pat said...

Ohhhh that looks rather yummy!!! I love coconut and this looks like fudge sooooo yes it has to be yummy!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you "accidentally" opened the book to the sweets section! :):) My mouth is watering!

Anonymous said...

Sounds yummy!!! Can I have one please? =P

Anonymous said...

Another delicious recipe with sweetened condensed milk...yum! Made your beijinho last month...delicious!

Peter M said...

Pat, these are new to me and they look tasty. Tell me, do they last long because I want you to mail me some!

Karin W. said...

Maybe I should try your recipe, Patricia, making cocadas as Christmas sweets this year. Would be nice for a change. There are cans of condensed milk available at my local shopkeeper now. I saw a Swedish cocada recipe, but the recipe mentioned 6 egg yolks. So, I don´t fancy that recipe.

Deborah said...

Oh my goodness - these sound delicious!! I have never heard of them before, but I will be trying this recipe out!!

Anita said...

So delicious looking - I love learning about these desserts on your blog!

Nic said...

Wow! Never had these before - looks good though! Always so interesting to see your posts - thank you!

Anonymous said...

I've never even heard of a cocada before but if it's sweetened condensed milk and coconut - it sounds like something I'd enjoy!

Stella said...

These look similar to the coconut squares I love to eat! And yes, they're horrible but too irresistible. ONE IS ENOUGH!:)

Anonymous said...

What a fantastic twist on typical fudge. It sounds delicious!

Belinda said...

Sounds delicious, Patricia! And I love how it tempted you away from the salad recipes! :-) Just look how pretty these look against the pink cloth...love it!

Cynthia said...

Condensed milk and coconut! What's not to love? :)

Anonymous said...

Yum yum yum. Condensed milk is so magical.. I love it in my coffee and now I'm dreaming about it in bar form. :)

pam said...

I love anything made with condensed milk and this looks fabulous!

Coffee and Vanilla said...

It must be delicious!!


Anonymous said...

Very nice dessert... I like it a lot! I think I will try this.

KJ said...

I love this - 'accidentally'. I have lots of accidents like this. Your cocada looks great. There seems to be no end to the wonders of condensed milk.

Graeme said...

Wow, now that is my kind of sweet!

And hey, it IS a salad: the ingredients are: Condensed milk, sugar, butter...lol.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Hannah, if you do, let me know, sweetie.

T.W., I started in a healthy way and finished it decadently. :D

Anh, we looooove it here in Brazil, my friend, it's so popular!

Susan, have as many cocadas as you want!

Susan, I will!

TBC, now I have to try your recipe!
Sweetened condensed milk is good even pure, out of the can! :)

Tanna, you've said it all, my dear friend. :)

Carol, yummy!

Manggy, I know what you mean, this is a sweet-sweet! :)
I don't know about the top, though - maybe an experiment to be done next time!

Lydia, I'm sure he's gonna love it. Just tell him that a glass of water is mandatory. :)

Pat, you should try it!

Sher, you see? I'm drawn towards the sweets, I can't help it! :)

Bernice, as many as you want!

Linda, you are becoming an expert on Brazilian candy, my dear!

Peter, if they did, you can be sure I'd love to send you many!

Karin, I think it would be a hit among coconut lovers.

Deb, please do!

Anita, thank you, sweetie!

Nic, I thank you for always being here, it means the world to me!

Hillary, the combination is a killer one, I can tell!

Valentina, so many calories I don't even want to think about them. :)

Dayna, thank you!

Belinda, gotta get back to the salads, my friend. :S

Cynthia, I agree!

Julie, this is a wonderful recipe, but you have to share it with others, spread the calories around! :)

Pam, me too!

Margot, thank you!

Orchidea, grazie!

KJ, aren't those accidents wonderful?? :D

Graeme, I like your theory. :)

Nora B. said...

Hi Patricia, this reminds me of a similar candy we have back in Singapore. It's usually made with different colours (green, pink, yellow) although they all taste the same.

Anonymous said...

Oh Pat, those look like they'd satisfy any sweet-tooth craving instantly! I really need to get my hands on these!

Maggie said...

Hi Patricia - I've noticed condensed milk being used more and more at the moment. Maybe it's 'in vogue' again at the moment.
They look amazingly tempting.

eatme_delicious said...

Oh my goodness thesse look and sound so good! As a coconut lover, I must make these soon!! :) They seem pretty easy to put together as well. Thanks for posting this recipe.

test it comm said...

Those look good. Coconut makes a great "sweet".

kickpleat said...

i LOVE coconut and this looks amazing!

Cris said...

I love cocada!!!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Nora, really? I think that colorful cocada would be good!

Hey, darling, they are sweet, very sweet!

Margaret, here in Brazil it has been in vogue since the early 1900, my dear friend. We love it here and it's the base of many of our desserts.

Sweetie, just a few ingredients, give a go!

Kevin, we love coconut here in Brazil.

Kickpleat, thank you!

Cris, me too!

Carla said...

Never heard of cocada, but this sounds yummy and easy!! I'll have to make these over my winter break from school.

Thanks for visiting my blog! I would have to say my favorite pumpkin recipe was the cupcakes because I love how I decorated them. Plus you can't go wrong with cupcakes ;)

Anonymous said...

hehe, I wished I could share that slice with you, BUT....here's Nigella`s web site and you can try to do it yourself! http://www.nigella.com/recipes/recipe.asp?article=143

I will give it a try as well ;)

Oh for the love of food! said...

Hi again, Patricia! I've tagged you for a meme and I've got an award for you. You might have missed an award I passed on to you when you were away too. Have an awesome week, sweetie!

Toni said...

Pat - Anything with coconut works for me! And, it seems, anything that Brazilians like works for me, too! So pass one over, girlfriend!

Pat said...

Hi Pat, I wanted to let you know I have awarded you the Halloween Sweet Treat Award. Over on my blog.

SteamyKitchen said...

My fav way to drink coffee is to sweeten with condensed milk...so I'm sure I would love these!

Kajal@aapplemint said...

are you sure u opened the sweet page my mistake ?? :P well i make these mistakes all the time :) specially if its gonna be these lovely looking coconut squares.`

Anonymous said...

Almost anything with sweetened condensed milk is a winner in my book and these look really good!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Carla, thank you for stopping by, too! Your cupcakes looked so beautiful, no wonder they're a favorite!

Tea, thanks for the link, sweetie!

Carol, I have been missing all the awards, sorry! Gotta get life back on track soon. I wish you an amazing weekend, dear!

Toni, I know! You are almost Brazilian, I can tell! :)

Pat, I loved it - it really means the world to me! Thank you!

Jaden, condensed milk makes everything better. :)

Kate, I think I'm sort of programmed to go after sweets, honey. :)

Andy, thank you for your visit! And I hope you give these a go, they're wonderful!

Peabody said...

Never had this but it has all ingredients I love so I should make this!

Jen said...

Sounds yummy! will try to make later.

Amy said...

I have all the ingredients! I can make this tomorrow! Yumm I can't wait. Thanks for the recipe Patricia, this looks fabulous!

Kelly-Jane said...

I'd love this! Looks so good =)

Thistlemoon said...

They look beautiful, Patricia! I bet the taste is fantastic!

Jen said...

Hi Patricia! Sorry I didn't mention your name. I corrected it already. :)

Patricia Scarpin said...

Pea, you should definitely try it, sweetie!

Jenny, tks!

Amy, you are far too kind, my dear friend!

Kelly-Jane, thank you!

Jenn, they are really sweet! :)

Anonymous said...

These look so tasty and easy, I'm headed into the kitchen right now. In the recipe though, you say to mix the condensed milk, butter and coconut in the saucepan and cook, but you don't mention the sugar or milk. I'll just wing it and let you know. Thanks for the inspiration!

Anonymous said...

I made them and they are setting up right now. I tasted a little and it was DELICIOUS. Yum! First traditional Brazilian candy I've made. What a treat!

Evelin said...

This happens to me all the time:D

I begin a search for yet another perfect carrot soup...and end up making a carrot cake. So me.

And I'm adding this to my make-soon list. There's never too much coconut at this house.

Sara @ Our Best Bites said...

I know I've stopped by your blog before (via tastespotting) but I don't remember noticing the Brasil connection. I used to live there and have crazy saudades for my favorite foods- cocada being one of them! I can't wait to try this one, it sounds fantastic.

Heather said...


I took some pictures at a wedding last weekend and the groom was Brazilian. He made all of the food! It was all traditional Brazilian food and it made me think of you! It was AMAZING! He made these sweetened condensed milk ball things so I went to look up the recipe and I came across this blog post of yours!! I'm seriously drooling over it! Thanks! I think I'm going to make it tonight!

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