From coconut cake to coconut cream pie, coconut flakes add both flavor and a decorative touch to many desserts and even some savory dishes. Some people prefer not to just use the flakes as is, but instead, like to toast them a golden brown, which adds a slightly nutty flavor and a crispier texture. You can easily toast the coconut flakes using the oven or your stove top.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Spread the coconut flakes onto the baking sheet in a single layer.
Place the baking sheet in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring roughly every minute or so with a wooden spoon, until they are golden brown. Remove the flakes from the baking sheet and cool on a separate tray or bowl to prevent residual heat from burning them.
Stove Top Method
Cover a large skillet with a single layer of coconut flakes.
Place the skillet on the stove over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. The coconut flakes should start to brown within five minutes.
Continue to stir until all the coconut flakes are golden brown. Remove the coconut flakes from the stove and let them cool completely before using.
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- Keep a very close eye on sweetened coconut flakes when you're toasting them, as they brown much faster than the unsweetened kind due to the sugar on them.
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