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Coloured Coconut // 1940s

One of the chapters of our 6th Book gives little recipes or tips for 'Odd Dishes'. Here are two of the entries in this chapter: 'green cocoanut' and 'pink cocoanut'.
You can use them in baking, confectionery, decoration... or just to add a little colour to your kitchen shelves! We used some of ours to make a quick biscuit recipe from the same book.
Original Recipes: 'Pink Cocoanut' & 'Green Cocoanut' (Book 6, 1943)
Speed: 5 minutes each


  • A bag of desiccated coconut

  • Red food colouring

  • Green food colouring

+ A couple of bottles



'Put some cocoanut in a paper, add a drop or two of liquid pink/green colouring, rub well into the cocoanut with the fingers till an even colour. Dry and store in bottles.'

How to do this using modern products (for an easier time and so that you don't temporarily dye your fingers):

Pour coconut into a small plastic sandwich bag and add in a couple of drops of pink/green colouring. Rub together with your fingers from the outside of the bag until an even colour. Then store in bottles.


Original Recipes for 'Pink Cocoanut' and 'Green Cocoanut'

BOOK 6: Manual of Modern Cookery, 7th Edition (1943) Author: Jessie Lindsay & V.H. Mottram Publisher: University of London Press Ltd. (War-Time Address: St. Hugh's School, Bickley, Kent, England, U.K.)

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