It is not that I hate copha, but if I can avoid it, I will. I make my coconut ice with condensed milk and not copha, and so I especially looked for a non-copha White Christmas this year.
The White Christmas doesn't look as pretty as the one with copha, so I topped it off with some extra chocolate and glace cherries.
I think you could add a variety of ingredients: different glace fruits, maybe cranberries and other dried fruits and even red and green candy covered chocolate beanies!! Oh what the heck, I mean Smarties or M'n'Ms!!!
It really is a simple melt and mix treat. I toasted the pistachios and coconut. I thought the coconut had gone too far, but when I tasted it, it was fine. It is a very sweet slice, and so it can be cut into quite small pieces.
This will keep really well for quite a while, weeks in fact, in an airtight container in the fridge.
White Christmas makes 24-36 pieces, depending on how you slice it
- 500g good white chocolate, melts or a bar
- 100g red glace cherries, chopped
- 100-150g shelled unsalted pistachios
- 1 cup of desiccated coconut
- 1 tspn vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups puffed rice breakfast cereal (rice bubbles)
Line a 20 x 30cm tin with some baking paper before you start.
Melt the white chocolate slowly and gently, either in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water or in the microwave. Either way, remove from the heat when it is not quite melted and stir till smooth.
While the chocolate is melting, keep an eagle eye on it, put the pistachios and coconut in a 160*C oven on a lined baking tray for about 6 minutes. I chopped the pistachios roughly after they were toasted.
And now it is just a case of adding the glace cherries, nuts, coconut, puffed rice cereal and vanilla extract to the melted chocolate. Gently fold together and then spoon into the lined tin. Press down relatively firmly and then refrigerate and check after about 1 hour. The recipe says longer, but I found it was well and truly set after 1 1/4 hours.
Cut into squares with a hot knife, and then keep in an airtight container in the fridge until needed.
I chose to top my White Christmas with extra dollops of white chocolate and glace cherries. I used an extra 125g of white chocolate and 12 glace cherries, halved. I think it looks quite festive.