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Coconut paletas

Coconut paletas
Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times

When chef René Redzepi was developing his most recent international pop-up, Noma Mexico, one of the first things he did was contact Rosio Sanchez, who spent years as Noma’s pastry chef, and who Redzepi often calls one of the best ... Read more

Total time: 1 hour, 5 minutes, plus cooling and freezing times | Makes about 1 dozen paletas, depending on size

Toasted cacao nibs

  • ½ cup (50 grams) cacao nibs
  • Scant ½ cup (100 grams) water
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons (125 grams) sugar
  • Salt

Step 1In a heavy saucepan, combine the cacao nibs, water and sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil, then remove from heat and set aside until cooled. Meanwhile, heat an oven to 250 degrees. Strain the cooled nibs, discarding the liquid, and spread out on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake until the cacao nibs are dry and toasted, about 40 minutes. Season with a pinch of salt, or to taste, and set aside to cool.

Coconut paletas

  • 2 1/3 cups (534 grams) milk, preferably raw
  • About 1 ¾ cups (400 grams) coconut puree
  • ½ cup plus 3 tablespoons (134 grams) sugar
  • Toasted cacao nibs
  • Heavy cream, for dipping
  • About 1 3/4 cups (100 grams) raw coconut flakes
  • Scant 1/2 cup (50 grams) powdered sugar

Step 1In a blender (or in a large bowl using an immersion blender), blend together the milk, coconut puree and sugar.

Step 2Pour the mixture into the popsicle molds, followed by a heaping teaspoon, or to taste, of the cacao nibs. Place the lid over the molds and fit each with a wooden stick. Freeze until solid, preferably overnight. Unmold the popsicles and freeze again for at least 2 hours.

Step 3While the paletas are freezing, combine the coconut flakes and powdered sugar in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to form coconut sugar. Set aside.

Step 4Dip each frozen popsicle into cream twice, and cover with coconut sugar. Freeze again until ready to serve.

Note: Adapted from a recipe by Rosio Sanchez, chef-owner of Hija de Sanchez in Copenhagen.


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