Friday, October 31, 2008

coconut vanilla jam

After trying coconut vanilla jam in Noumea last year, I was interested in finding a recipe for it.

To my surprise as I was flipping through Christine Ferber's book, she had a recipe for coconut vanilla jam.

My problem with the recipe was that she used fresh coconut...yup, crack it open, scrape out the flesh, save the milk....where the heck would I find a whole coconut in Japan?

I decided to ad-lib. I had coconut for baking. I bought some coconut milk. I used the last half of the Lifou vanilla that I had bought in Noumea.

I adjusted the recipe. The taste was just like what I remembered, though the texture could have been a little softer.

I think if I used something thinner like coconut flakes instead of coconut strips it would have turned out softer. I also think it needs to be a bit more syrupy.

We tried it on toast for breakfast yesterday, but I think it may be better baked in a nice flaky crust or maybe with some dark chocolate covering it....

It is Halloween today but it isn't celebrated much here, though the stores surely take advantage of making some money from it. If you are celebrating the day, have fun but be safe, oh we have another 3-day weekend here, hope you have a good one.


tamakikat said...

Couldn't resist stopping in before shuteye.

I've never heard of such a jam. It sounds interesting. I'd like to try it.

Your comment about the resulting product (-"...think it may be better baked in a nice flaky crust or maybe with some dark chocolate covering it....") made me chuckle. As we know anything can be made better with the addition of chocolate:)


Kathy said...

mmmm or maybe you could soften a pint of dark chocolate ice cream...swirl in the jam and refreeze? hehe, just an idea! :)

Rowena said...

Good first experiment for a recipe! Funny that you should mention coconut because my dad is supposed to trim the coconut trees (we have the dwarf Samoan types - ooh, now that sounds so contradictory!). Of course I'm supposed to help him but if he continues to procrastinate....

Oh, and about the tunnel? When we got back to the car and I could get a better look at the map, I realized that we were SO CLOSE to it! Arghghggh! Next time, next time...

bourgogne said...

yum! i think that would go great with crepes :D

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Bea said...

Those two flavors seem to go so well together.

Phoebe said...

WOW! coconut vanilla jam sounds good! If only there was a real coconut right, Kat?

Angela K. Nickerson said...

That sounds amazing! Yumm!

hensly said...


You have a great blog going on there. I'm from Hawaii and love visiting Japan. I miss the food the most!

Debinhawaii said...

What a great recipe to play around with! I would have gone with packaged coconut too--that whole cracking/scraping thing is scary and I am sure I would find a way to injure myself trying to do it!

BTW--my vote is cover it in chocolate of course!

Jennifer said...

I thought they had coconuts in Japan. Hope the jam tastes better the next time you make it ^^

Brent Festge said...


kateykates said...

That Jam sounds so good! MMMMM

K and S said...

Thanks Kateykates, Brent, Hensly, Angela, Phoebe, Bea, Cilia, Tamakikat!

Not sure if they sell whole coconuts in Japan, Jennifer.

Yes, I'm sure I would have found a way to injure myself too, Deb...gonna try the chocolate covering soon.

Ooh crepes, that sounds good, Bourgogne :) will try that!

I hate that feeling when you find out you were so close to finding something, Rowena, I hope you get another chance to hike that tunnel!

Take care everyone!

Jo'' said...

it's very interesting! Thanks!

K and S said...

Thanks for stopping by, Jo.

Take care.

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K and S said...

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