Macaroons NOT Macarons
I have to admit when I look at a recipe - if the list of ingredients is too long it tends to put me off. Equally if a recipe uses lots of eggs and then only the yolks or the whites are included I feel this is a waste and like to use the whole egg if possible.
So when I was thinking about taking part in the AlphaBakes Challenge for the letter "M" this month I thought these coconut Macaroons would be wonderful - few ingredients and only uses two egg whites.
The trouble was I had gotten the whole thing confused I needed an ingredient starting with the letter "M" not a recipe with "M" in the title. Anyway I decided to make them anyway and they turned out great.
This simple little treat comes from Margaret Fulton's "Book of Mixer and Blender Cooking" that she launched in Australia back in 1982 - a handy little "all colour" supermarket book that was convenient to carry around with you while you shopped. It has sat on my bookshelf for a long time - I remember it was very well used back in the 80's and now when I look at some of the recipes they take on a "retro" feel.
2 egg whites
2/3 cup caster sugar
12/3 cups desiccated coconut
rice paper (I used plain baking/greaseproof paper)
5 glace cherries quartered
Top Tip: Don't have the oven too hot and if yours is fan forced they will cook much quicker mine were quite brown after only 20mins and I took them out.
Whisk the egg whites on high speed until just stiff. (I used my little old hand held mixer - I was feeling in a retro mood)
Whisk in the sugar
Mix in the coconut on medium speed
Place heaped teaspoonfuls of the mixture on a baking tray lined with the rice/greaseproof paper
Top each with a glace cherry piece
Bake in a preheated moderate oven 160C (325F) for 30mins or less depending on your oven.
Leave on the baking tray until cold then tear off the paper.
Makes 18 to 20 (mine made 19!)
They were lovely and crisp but chewy - the man loved them!
Even though I had misunderstood the challenge I thought I would send in the recipe anyway to Ros or is it Caroline?!