Saturday, February 6, 2010

coconut macaroons

hi all! i don't know why, but today i was craving for any kind of sweets that consist of egg whites. it includes either meringue or macarons. especially after looking at KBB post about macarons, the proper macarons, not like mine before! hahaha.

you know, i'm kinda thinking how stupid i was when i thought that i've successfully made macarons. it's completely not the way it should be and it was not a success. the reason why i thought it was successfully made is because i never could bake egg whites before, my first experience with egg whites is when i tried to make a Mont Blanc. the saddest part is that it never went to the oven, haha. my Mont Blanc recipe used almond powder to make the meringue, just like making french macarons. i never fold the almond, i always beat them with the sugar and fresh egg whites, that's why it was never stiff. haha. but then i learnt that oil is not meringue's best friend, it's meringue's enemy. if beaten egg whites meet oil, it won't be stiff and i guess ground almond contains oil.. hehe. that's why, we have to fold it when the egg whites has becoming stiff.

today, i haven't get the guts yet to repair my french macarons. so i start with coconut macaroons.. actually i don't taste any part of the meringue after it is baked. hoho. just sweet shredded coconut. but it's quite tasty and i like them.

Coconut Macaroons

1 large egg whites
1/6 cups caster sugar
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1 1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1/4 cup candied fruit, extra for garnish

  1. prepare the oven on 350 degree F and some small cups. put the cups on baking sheets.
  2. beat the egg whites, salt and cream of tartar until foamy. gradually add the caster sugar. beat until glossy and stiff peaks form.
  3. fold in the shredded coconut and candied fruit. divide evenly, spoon mixture into each of the cup. pat in gently with your moistened finger, put the extra candied fruit on top, pat again gently.
  4. bake for about 15-20 minutes or until becoming brown on the edge.
i've told you that i don't really like candied fruit on the previous post, but it goes well with this coconut macaroons. i like them! :)

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