Ghanaian Caramel Coconut Balls
Caramel coconut balls are popular in both Ghana and Nigeria and are the perfect homemade sweet treat. Here is the recipe so you can enjoy it too.
- Serves: 10 persons
- 1pound shelled coconut pieces
- ¾cup sugar
- ½cup water
- ½tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, from 1/2 lemon
- 1teaspoon unsalted butter, or margarine
Step 1Gather the ingredients.
Step 2Grate the coconut flesh from the shelled pieces using the large teeth of your grater, as larger shreds will contribute a chewy texture. Do this carefully, as the oil from the coconut may make your fingers slippery. Set aside.
Step 3Make the caramel by dissolving the sugar in the water and lemon juice in a small pot over low heat, then bring to a boil.
Step 4Allow the caramel to boil from 5 to 10 minutes without stirring, which will prevent granules from forming. Keep an eye on the mixture, as caramel can burn quickly.
Step 5Once the caramel is deep brown, add the shredded coconut and cook for 10 more minutes, stirring occasionally. The coconut oils and natural moisture will release, and the mixture will become easier to handle.
Step 6When the mixture has developed a toasty coconut aroma, remove from the heat and allow it to cool slightly.
Step 7Grease a plate with butter or margarine.
Step 8Handling the caramel with care, form balls with your hands, 2 spoons, or a small scoop. Place on the greased plate and allow to cool completely.
Step 9Serve at room temperature (or microwave for 5 to 10 seconds to serve warm).