So here’s the scenario. You have visitors coming over at short notice. You have no time to hit the shops to buy something sweet to go with the tea and coffee you’re going to serve, because your house is a bomb and you need to stay home to clean up. You can spare 5 minutes in the kitchen.
You check your pantry. You have three dessert ingredients! Desiccated coconut, a can of condensed milk and dried apricots. What do you do?! WHAT DO YOU DO?!
Well, you could serve the condensed milk by the spoonful and I’m certain you really would please many (me for instance), or you could make apricot coconut balls, the ultimate no cook quickie, made in a flash!
Apricot Coconut Balls. Makes 25 balls
· 225grams dried apricots, diced finely
· 1 tin condensed milk
· 2 ½ cups desiccated coconut
Combine the dried apricots, condensed milk and 2 cups coconut, mix well with a wooden spoon. Set aside the ½ cup coconut in a separate bowl.
Take small handfuls of the mixture and roll them into balls as large or small as you like. Toss the formed balls into the extra coconut to coat, and set aside on a clean plate.
Place the apricot balls in the fridge to set for a minimum of one hour or until your guests arrive.
The best part about this recipe, is that you can double the ingredients and freeze a batch. Place the balls in a freezer safe container, already rolled and coated in coconut with a layer of baking paper between layers. They hold their shape and freeze well for 3 months so you’ve always got some on hand for a sugar hit, the next school fete, short notice visitors or when you need to take a plate to a party.