Monday, May 4, 2009

Blog Picks : Coconut Chocolate Macaroons



Because I live in India but read cookbooks from all over the world, you can't imagine how difficult it is to find ingredients or equipment sometimes. Specially when it's something silly and minor like baking parchment. That little silicone coated paper is the difference between successful macarons and the two stick-to-the-sheet failures that I've had. And that little silicone coated paper is what I can now buy in my city. Mumbaikars - head to Hypercity before they sell all the Waitrose baking parchment they are hoarding.

Even with the parchment, I wasn't ready to risk a proper macaron. Then I thought of long bookmarked Coconut Macaroons over at David's. It requires no beating or complicated mixing. Just cook egg whites, coconut, sugar and honey over a low heat then stir in vanilla and cool the mixture.

Refrigerate it overnight (or don't, but I did), then shape into mounds and bake - on a parchment, Yippee!! - for 20 minutes at 180C until golden. Optional, but completely necessary in my view, is then dipping the bottoms of each macaroon in melted chocolate.

Once the chocolate is set, these macaroons are headed to Srivalli's Mithai Mela.

8 comments:

Kitchen Flavours said...

So simple and delsih.....

Parita said...

Macaroons look lovely :)

aquadaze said...

so simple eh? I've never made macaroons, but these look perfect and the way you describe the process makes me want to make these soon!

notyet100 said...

ummm,...delicious,..

Curry Leaf said...

delicious.They are on my wishlist.But the eggwhite factor makes me lazy thgh the egg replacer is supposed to work finely here as well.Love the recipe Simran

Aparna said...

Look delish.
I don't fret over what I can't get (that's not to say I would like to have them)so I just use lightly greased trays. Has worked for me so far. :)

Laura said...

Have you tried mail ordering silicone mats? More expensive than parchment--but you just keep using the same one and then you won't need to worry about running out. I was parchment faithful for many years but I switched to the silicone a year or 2 ago and for the most part it is all I need. The brittle I just made would be an exception that rule, because I wanted the larger size of the parchment paper for rolling it out. But it is a thought at any rate.

Srivalli said...

All of them look so lovely Simran..thanks a bunch...:)...and this one is so simple..n yummy!