1 3/4 cups caster sugar
1/2 cup boiling water
2 tablespoons powdered gelatine
1teaspoon vanilla extract
pink food colouring
1 1/2 cups desiccated coconut, toasted
grease a 3cm deep, 20cm x 30cm (base) lamington pan. line base and sides with baking paper, allowing a 2cm overhang on all sides. place sugar and 3/4 cup cold water in a heavy based saucepan over low heat. cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until sugar has dissolved.
meanwhile, place boiling water in a heatproof jug. sprinkle over gelatine. stir with a fork to dissolve gelatine. add to sugar mixture. cook, stirring, for 1 to 2 minutes or until combined. set aside for 20 minutes to cool.
using an electric mixer, beat gelatine mixture on medium speed for 5 minutes. beat on high speed for 5 to 7 minutes or until mixture is thick. add vanilla. tint pink with food colouring. beat until just combined. spoon into prepared pan. level top with a spatula. set aside for 45 minutes to set.
using a warm knife, cut into 3cm squares. toss each square in coconut to coat. serve.