Do you love almond croissants? Have you ever tried a coconut croissant? This double baked croissant is filled with a sweet kaya or coconut jam and topped with toasted coconut flakes for a buttery, crispy and coconutty sensation!
I was day dreaming about pastry and I wondered if anyone had made a coconut croissants. For all the weird and wonderful stuffed croissant varieties I was curious to try a coconut croissant made in the same way as an almond one. That is, dipped in rum syrup, filled with kaya jam and then topped with flaked coconut and then baked until crisp. I'm delighted to tell you that they are absolutely delicious! :)
How is everyone's going with social distancing and isolation? Being in isolation can be tough on people - humans are social creatures and I know it can be a real challenge. Mr NQN's whole office has been directed to work from home despite not having anyone with the virus which is a great preventative measure to help slow this virus down. He has spent a lot of time checking in with his team of a dozen people to make sure that everyone is ok.
There was also a suggestion of having a "Quarantine Club" that is a group of your core friends and family that you can socialise with. The only thing is that those people must not socialise with other people otherwise they can transmit the virus to you. So our quarantine club consists of me, Mr NQN, Ivy and Teddy who is loving having everyone at home. We just keep in contact with everyone via social media and texts.
Also if you want to support your favourite restaurant or cafe that are doing it tough, you can get take away or delivery or buy gift vouchers that you can use when everything is better again. Gift vouchers now have to last a minimum of 3 years. It's the strangest of times right now and I hope you are all staying safe and healthy.
So tell me Dear Reader, what are your strategies for keeping spirits up?
An Original Recipe by Lorraine Elliott
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
- 3 butter croissants (day old is best)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon rum (optional, can omit)
- Pinch of salt
- 5 tablespoons kaya coconut jam*
- 1/3 cup shaved coconut
You can find kaya or coconut jam at Asian grocery stores
Step 1 - Preheat oven to 180C/350F and line a baking tray with parchment. Heat the water, sugar and rum and bring to a boil and simmer for 2-3 minutes and then remove from heat. With tongs dip each croissant in the syrup on all sides and place back on the parchment lined tray.
Step 2 - Slice croissants in half horizontally and spread the bottom half with a tablespoon of kaya jam. Place the top on and spread a bit more kaya jam on top (just enough to stick the coconut with). Top with coconut flakes and bake for 12 minutes.