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Melissa Mason

Copha

I have been sharing my vegetarian Christmas Pud recipe with friends in the UK but they all come back asking what Copha is. After reading the label, all I could tell them was that it is Hydrogenated Coconut Fat. I know it doesn't sound appealing but it is a great substitute for suet. Does anyone have any ideas for UK cooks? I know some people use vegetable suet but I find that quite cloying.

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SonyaK

Copha

I think people use grated butter instead of suet, if they can't get vegetable suet.
I've never heard of people using copha in Christmas pudding, even though I know it's available here (Oz).
I've only seen it used in Coconut Ice.

Just read you can also substitute copha for lard or something called 'Crisco' in the UK.
Hope that helps.

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Melissa Mason

Copha

My sister and I brain-stormed the vegetarian option and somehow settled on copha. It works really well and doesn't give a coconutty flavour, which is great as I don't like coconut much!

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Melissa Mason

Vege suet

I was sent some fruit mince from a friend in the UK which was made with vege suet and I find it quite cloying and fatty tasting. That probably sounds a bit weird. If you can, I would suggest tracking down copha, or hydrogenated coconut oil, as I think it makes a great substitute.

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JAMES

Vege Suet.

I find vege suet excellent, certainly cannot taste any difference between atora beef suet and their vege one.

Supermarket own vege suet is not as good though, but then supermarket own normal suet is not as good either.

Atora re-formulated theirs a few years ago to remove all the nasty hydrogenated fat from it and its been superb since then.

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Esther R

It's Atora for Me

I agree with James. I always use Atora vegetarian suet and find it absolutely fine.

 
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