Bites and Belly Laughs! Friday is April Fool's Day,
and the Ape 2 Zebra Kitchen has been cooking up some fun. Imagine the surprise on a small someone's face when you serve sushi for dessert, or sneak it into a lunch for snacktime. Our "Foolshi" is actually made of coconut, dried fruit, and chocolate, and we think your children will cheer when they discover the deception. We also think that our "Foolshi" Fruit Sushi would be a wonderful way to get your wee ones involved in fundraising for disaster relief in Japan. You could make up a few batches, and sell them, bake sale style, with the proceeds going to the Canadian Red Cross' Japan Earthquake relief fund, or the charity of your choice. Whether you feed our Foolshi to your family, or to friends at a fundraiser, we think you and your flock will have fun with it.
"Foolshi" Fruit Sushi
Here's What You Need:
1 cup (250 mL) unsweetened shredded coconut
2 tbsp (30 mL) coconut milk (we used light)
1/4 cup (60 mL) icing sugar
Dried apricots, or other dried fruits (you could also try candied ginger, slivered almonds etc)
1/2 cup (125 mL) chocolate chips
1 tsp (5 mL) coconut oil, or butter
Here's What You Need To Do:
1. Place coconut and coconut milk into food processor, and pulse until finely shredded (note, if you don't have a food processor, buy the finest shredded coconut you can find, and just mix together the coconut and coconut milk together by hand). Add icing sugar, and process until well combined.
2. Empty coconut mixture into bowl, and knead with your hands until the mixture comes together, and becomes dough-like. If necessary, add a bit of extra coconut milk or icing sugar (note: we prefer our sweets on the less sweet side, so you might want to add more sugar at this point if you like your treats sweeter. Remember that you'll also be adding sweetness from the chocolate and dried fruit later though).
3. Divide coconut mixture in half. Place a piece of plastic wrap or parchment paper on your counter top. Take half of your coconut mixture out of the bowl, and pat out into a rectangle. Ours was about 20cm by 6cm. This makes a fairly narrow sushi roll. If you would like a wider roll, try shortening the length and increasing the width a bit.
4. Slice dried fruit into narrow, long strips. Lay dried fruit lengthwise down the center of the rectangle of coconut dough. Gently lift up bottom of plastic wrap, and bring the bottom edge of the coconut dough rectangle over the dried fruit to enclose it. Gently roll the log back and forth to form a smooth and even log shape.
5. Repeat with remaining coconut dough.
6. Transfer logs to parchment paper lined baking sheet (Note: at this point, you may wish to slice your coconut logs in half lengthwise. We found it easier coat the shorter rolls in chocolate later). Refrigerate coconut logs until firm and cold (ours took approximately 30 minutes).
7. Place the chocolate in a medium sized heatproof bowl. Set the bowl over a pot filled with simmering water and stir occasionally until the chocolate is melted. If the chocolate seems too thick, add a bit of coconut oil or butter to thin it (Note: don't add all of the oil at once. Just add a little at a time).
8. Remove bowl from heat. Roll one chilled coconut roll at a time in chocolate, and return to baking sheet (Note: you can also coat coconut rolls with chocolate using a dry pastry brush). Refrigerate for a few minutes until hardened, placing chocolate back over pot of simmering water while you wait. Dip in chocolate again, and refrigerate until the chocolate coating is hardened, at least 20 minutes.
9. Remove logs from fridge. Use a sharp, thin knife to trim the edges of the logs, and then cut each log crosswise into slices that are approximately 1 inch thick. Allow your "foolshi" to come to room temperature before serving.
10. Enjoy! Your foolshi can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week, but we have a feeling it won't last that long.
Do you have any favourite April Fool's Day jokes, fun food ideas, or memories? We'd love to hear about them on our facebook page!
Beary Truly Yours,
Theodore Bear and the Ape 2 Zebra Kitchen