Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Art of Coconut Macaroons


When you are a new baker there are nuances to baking that you just don't get from a recipe. Like when you are supposed to beat egg whites until stiff but not dry....How stiff is too stiff?

I used to have a hard time with macaroons in general until I realized I was so worried about beating the egg whites dry that I wasn't beating them enough.

Problem solved.

In fact I would try over and over again to make  my boss (at the time I worked at a Bed and Breakfast) the perfect coconut macaroon. I never achieved it while I was there. It was only until a couple of years ago that I mastered it.

Better late then never...

Coconut Macaroons (Adapted from Barefoot Contessa)
3 large egg whites
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp sugar
12 ounces unsweetened coconut
14 ounces condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla

Beat egg whites won high when they start to get frothy add salt and sugar. Continue to beat until stiff but not dry (they will look like the inside of a foam  pillow when ready) In a large bowl combine coconut with condensed milk and vanilla. The mixture will be sticky but make sure its well incorporated.  Fold in the egg whites completely into the mixture. You'll see that when its well combined the mixture will be less dense then when you started.

Bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes until lightly browned on the top.

7 comments:

  1. These macaroons look so good! It's been a long while since I've made some, I think I'll have to make a batch soon :)

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  2. They look very yummy indeed, but don't you need to bake them in an oven?

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  3. OMG I cannot believe I lef. That off. 325 degrees for 25-30 minutes.... Sigh.

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  4. These look fantastic! I had some for the first time at Passover this week and I really should try making them myself!

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  5. I've been searching for a wonderful macaroon recipe and your results look pretty damn good! For such a simple cookie, there sure are a lot of different recipes. And since I totally trust & love the Barefoot Contessa, I will definitely have to try these.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Mine turned out horrible and flat :(

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  7. Mine turned out poorly too.

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