Coconut rock buns are a nostalgic treat for me. I vividly remember saving up my allowance, as a child ,to buy them from the lady who sold baked goods out of the back of her station wagon every Wednesday afternoon at my prep school.
I decided that I would try my hand at something that I’m calling Coconut Scented Rum Truffles (for now) I decided to make the filling with bittersweet chocolate, coconut cream and rum. The coating is semisweet chocolate. Half of the truffles were also sprinkled with light brown sugar for some disco-tastic sparkle.
I call these my Independence Day Sugar Cakes because I have foregone the traditional colors of pink and white, for our national colours of red, white and black. The results were so beautiful and delicious that I think even the most ardent purist would be won over For the ‘black’ I chose dark chocolate sprinkles, and can I say the combination of chocolate and coconut is out of this world!
This recipe is a staple side dish of mine that I’ve adapted and modified at length through the years. Both colorful and flavourful I think it creates a texturally interesting background for spicy curries and other East Indian flavoured entrees.
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