Turn your tot’s love of building blocks into a colour-creation adventure in the kitchen. By Margie Els-Burger
Whether you are throwing your little one a Lego party or simply feel like treating him to something sweet,he’ll love every single bite of these no-bake Lego blocks. These contain quite a lot of sugar, so they are best kept as a special treat for birthday parties or on a weekend.
For the base
- 385g tin condensed milk
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 3 cups icing sugar, sifted
- 4 cups dessicated coconut
For the topping
- 1½ cups icing sugar
- ½ tsp vanilla essence
- 1 tsp liquid glucose
- 2 tbsp lemon juice or water
- Pinch salt
- Yellow, red and blue food colouring
- 200g bag M&M’s
- For the base, combine the condensed milk, vanilla and icing sugar. Mix in the coconut one cup at a time (you will have to use your hands as it gets difficult to mix), until well combined.
- Press the coconut ice out on a piece of baking paper into a 18 x 28cm rectangle. Roll the top with a rolling pin to smooth. Chill in the fridge for at least one hour, until set. Trim the sides and cut into 21 6 x 4cm rectangles.
- For the topping, combine the icing sugar, vanilla, glucose, lemon juice and/or water and salt until smooth. Add more water if it’s too thick to dip or more icing sugar if it’s too runny
- Divide the icing between two bowls. Colour one bowl yellow and the other blue. Keep covered with plastic wrap to prevent dying out.
- Dip the top of a coconut ice rectangle in the yellow icing, shaking off the excess. Flip over and gently spread the icing to smooth out, if necessary. Top with six yellow M&M’s before the icing sets. Repeat (you’ll cover 2-4 pieces of coconut ice from each colour) until you have used all the yellow M&M’s.
- Repeat this process with the blue colours. See tips on mixing colours. Repeat dipping.
- Enjoy immediately or leave overnight in the fridge for the icing to harden.
- Add a drop of red colouring to the yellow icing to get orange icing.
- Add more red colouring to the orange to get red icing. Reserve remaining icing.
- Add drops of yellow colouring to the blue icing to make green.
- Combine all the remaining icing (red and green) and add more colouring as necessary to get a brown colour. Dip and top as above.
- Corn syrup gives the icing a glossy shine, but you can leave it out if you like.
- You can replace M&M’s with Smarties, although the colours aren’t as vibrant.
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