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Friday, December 31, 2004

Macaroons (Cashew and Coconut)

Update 2: Tried the same recipe with Almond Slivers and Pine nuts and they work just as well.

MacroonsThis Christmas, my dad taught me to make Macroons. They're surprisingly simple and quick to prepare and require very little practice. Here's the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 250gm powdered sugar
  • 125gm broken cashew nuts
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • white of one egg (and perhaps a tad more)
  • 1tsp vanilla essence

10 step procedure:

  1. Mix the sugar and baking powder, and pass through a strainer to get rid of lumps. Break all lumps into powder. It has to be really powdery. Strain twice.
  2. Pour into a bowl, add vanilla essence, and the white of one egg.
  3. Mix all egg and sugar is a single mass, thick, but flowing.
  4. If the mixture is too dry, add one more teaspoon of egg white.
  5. Add cashew nuts, mix again.
  6. Take a baking dish, place butter paper on the base, and sprinkle powder sugar to cover it completely
  7. Drop 1tsp blobs at equal intervals on the butter paper, leaving space for expansion.
  8. Put into a preheated oven at 165°C for 5-7 minutes until it starts to turn brown.
  9. Take the dish out, turn it around, and put it back in for another 5-7 minutes.
  10. Take dish out, cool, and remove macroons from the butter paper, ready to eat.
NOTE: Do not beat up the albumen (egg white). Pour it in as it comes out off the egg.

Also known as Macaroons.

Other macroon recipes:

Coconut Macroons
Coconut Macroons
Almond Macroons

Update:
I did try coconut macroons, but my attempt flopped. Dad tried it while I was away, and his came out really well. Here's his recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup self raising flour
  • 1 grated coconut (not dessicated) - should not be moist
  • one egg
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
  • nuts or raisins if desired

10 step procedure:

  1. Mix the sugar and self raising flour, and pass through a strainer to get rid of lumps. Break all lumps into powder. It has to be really powdery. Strain twice.
  2. Pour into a bowl, add vanilla essence
  3. Beat up the egg thoroughly, and add it to the mixture.
  4. Mix all egg and sugar is a single mass, thick, but flowing.
  5. Add coconut, mix lightly (the coconut will leak moisture if you get too rough)
  6. Add nuts and raisins if desired
  7. Take a baking dish, place butter paper on the base, and sprinkle powder sugar to cover it completely
  8. Drop 1tsp blobs at equal intervals on the butter paper, leaving space for expansion.
  9. Put into a preheated oven at 130°C for 20 minutes until it starts to turn brown.
  10. Take dish out, cool, and remove macroons from the butter paper, ready to eat.
Note the differences: full egg, beat up, 130°C, 20 mins

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