Brazilian Coconut Bar (Cocada)
Cocada is a sweet, mostly shaped like a bar, made with coconut, sugar and water. It was common to read in History books that Cocadas were a delicacy brought to Brazil by African slaves. These sweet delicious treats are still popular these days, and easily found at corner's stands in most Brazilian cities.
Slightly adapted from "Dona Benta" cookbook.

Roasted shredded coconut topping

Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Drop 100 g shredded coconut onto a baking sheet. Spread evenly.
Bake for 10 minutes or until the shredded coconut is golden. Set aside.


Grease a baking sheet (9 x 13 inch) with butter.
Mix 100g shredded coconut, sugar and sweetened condensed milk in a medium pot.
Cook this cream over low heat, always stirring.
Once the cream turns golden and you can see the bottom of the pot, turn of the heat.
Pour the cream onto the greased baking sheet.
Cut squares in the cream and let them cool for 4h.
Top the squares with roasted shredded coconut.
You can store them in closed containers for 7 days.