Monday, May 24, 2010

Coconut and Lime Macaroons

The last one I chose.. I have been wanting to make for sometime. I have never made Macaroons, and have discovered this sudden obsession with Coconut. Everything I think to make has coconut in it, and this was my chance to test the recipe. Light, and crunchy on the outside, intense lime glaze = yummy!!
4 lg egg whites
3 c sweetened desiccated coconut
3/4 c granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 c all purpose flour
1 c confectioners sugar sifted
grated rind of 1 lime
3-4 tsp lime juice

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with baking parchment. Put the egg whites, coconut, sugar, vanilla, and flour in a large heavy pan. Mix well.
Place over a low heat and cook for 6-8 min, stirring constantly to make sure it does not stick. When the mixture becomes the consistency of thick porridge, remove from the heat.
Place spoonfuls of the mixture in rocky piles on the lined baking sheets. Bake for 12-13 min until golden brown. Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely on the baking sheets.
to make the topping, put the icing sugar and lime rind into a bowl and add enough lime juice to give a thick pouring consistency. Place a spoonful of icing on each macaroon and allow it to drip down the sides.

Now.. I had to bake them a little bit longer to get that golden brown color. the outside is a bit crunchy, inside is nice and soft. they smell amazing. I have yet to try one, the Step dad said they tasted great!! The are a very pretty, impressive cookie!!