Macarooned



A superfluity of egg whites in my freezer led me to coconut macaroons. Not to be confused with the annoyingly pretty French macaron. I cannot be doing with anything that has to be perfect. I want simple and tasty.


I used this recipe and tripled it -I had a lot of egg whites. I found they needed an extra 10 minutes in the oven but this may have been because I made them pretty big (about the diameter of a digestive).

Moist and delicious with chewy edges. Definitely one for my recipe box.

By the way I feel macaroon must be said with a Scottish accent if that's ok with Scots. We're all macarooooned.


Comment box news

Yes, I have been messing about with the comment box again. It seems that Blogger's word verification has recently become much easier to decipher.

 Currently you are presented with a two words one of which is an actual word and very easy to read, the other is a wobbly nonsense word but its individual letters are fairly easy to identify.

 I have therefore decided to enable word verification on my blog and to open comments to anonymous commenters again.

I will see how it goes for a few weeks and whether any spam gets through before making a final decision.

To whoever leaves genuine comments -thank you! I appreciate them all. Truly.



Comments

  1. Sue I am glad you are open for comments again, I couldn't get the hang of the google account thing but I've been enjoying your floral and foodie posts very much. The macaroooooons look yummy, I'm thinking they would make a great hostess gift in a preserving jar or similar?

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    1. Hello Kate. They are a bit sticky for piling into a jar but I'm sure they would be appreciated.

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  2. "I cannot be doing with anything that has to be perfect. I want simple and tasty." My philosophy exactly. Not just for cooking, actually, but for all of life. (A very difficult path to follow for someone like me who has a hissy fit when things aren't perfect.)

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  3. These look so yummy - must try the recipe. Thanks. Love the blog - new here.

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  4. Ah yes, proper Macroons indeed. I used to love them but haven't eaten one in years. I never did see one with chocolate on though, that must be an improvement.

    Good luck with the comments.

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  5. They look yummy and that's the way they have to stay, I can only look at those because I am alergic to dessicated coconut. So what are my favourites called then, I always thought the ones made with ground almonds and cooked on rice-paper were a macaroons too?
    And like you and Kari - simple and tasty is best!
    Julie xxxxxxxxxxx

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    1. The macaroon seems to have many incarnations. Almonds sound good too.

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  6. I had given up trying to comment.The macaroons look good.

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  7. ooh Sue, they look fabulous. I have plans to make lemon curd soon so will use my leftover egg whites to try these. My gran used to make amazing macaroons.

    visiting your blog is proving a goldmine of inspiration, I tried your pork rolls last week, and I've also started knitting my very first sock...

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  8. These look delicious and thanks for clearing up my confusion over the two spellings!

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  9. I wouldn't mind being 'macarooned' with a plate of these. I had to laugh at your 'pronunciation'. It is definitely how we say it. :-)

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  10. Reaching out for the one in the second picture. You are a cruel cruel woman.

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  11. Not only can I not be doing with anything finnicky, French and perfect, but I also can't be doing with anything small when it comes to yumminess. Hurray for big ones. They look absolutely divine.

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  12. They look super scrummy Sue, I love the idea of their chewy centres...delicious.

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  13. They look so delicious!

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  14. Those look delicious, I was enjoyed eating them as a child. Is it easy to buy rice paper?
    Sarah x

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    1. Actually I didn't use rice paper because I have reusable liners which I use for everything.

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  15. Not only do these look very yummy but I have also had a lesson. I never knew that you could freeze egg whites. Definitely something to remember

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  16. I need to make these. I have two egg whites in my fridge right now that really need using up. I have tried a couple of times to make macarons but they never work and always make me feel inadequate and cross. I have decided that, like proper patisserie, they are best left the the pros. Simple and tasty wins in my kitchen too! x

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  17. Well--these macaroons look pretty perfect to me! And yummy too.

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  18. I love macaroons almost as much as macarons. And they have the added allure of the fact that I can make them! And dessicated coconut, which I love. And chocolate. Mmmmmm.

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  19. Love your macaroooons (and of COURSE it must be said with the Scot's accent!) And hip-hip-hurray for home-made and wonky. (Story of my life, I fear......)

    D'you know, i THOUGHT the word verification thingy had got easier, jolly good thing too, it was ridiculous. At the moment I have comment moderation and get a regular two or three spammy comments, but I can handle that. (Having a much more modest response than yours!)

    Oops, sun shining and must away to town to the market..........byeeee!

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  20. They look lovely! I had a recipe for some hazelnut macaroooooons, which were yummy. River Cottage I think. :)

    x

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  21. Anonymous8:58 am BST

    Ooo, so pleased to be able to comment...! Love the pronounciation -of COURSE it has to be said that way. (Reminds me of some of the daft & hilarious things my Mum used to say). Love your blog...funnily enough it was the first one I stumbled upon a couple of years ago when searching for a quince tree to buy! Then when I actually started following blogs, earlier this year I found you again and the penny dropped. I've only ever had almond macaroo(ooo)ns but not for ages - must experiment. Thank you! Jen

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  22. Sue, thank you for yet another delicious recipe possibility! I haven't done any baking in months (!) and it will soon be too hot here to contemplate preheating the over. And so, your timing is excellent. Now I must find some egg whites....

    I also very much liked reading about the magpie and seeing your very fine photographs.

    xo

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  23. Your quince tree brought me here too - I planted one last year and I'm waiting to see if it will bear any fruit this year.

    Your blog is very enjoyable - thank you!

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  24. Anonymous6:45 pm BST

    So glad to be able to comment. There is always someone ready to throw a monkey wrench in and mess things up. I have enjoyed your blog for some time and refuse to try to unravel all the ways to comment. Just know if this doesn't work out with the word verification that I am still here, enjoying to the fullest. My grands were over when your magpie post was up and they were charmed by the little guy. Will be making trying my hand at some lovely macaroons (with a Scottish burr, of course). Regena in TN.

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  25. they look yummy to me too

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  26. I love your macaroons! I find they are erratic to make - sometimes they turn out beautifully - crisp on the outside, melting on the inside and sometimes they don't - hard as nails all the way through. Bad! My brother-in-law gave me his "unbeatable macaroon recipe" but it's subject to the same vagaries so I am not sure what the answer is other than luck! When they're good though, they're very, very good but when they're bad, well, they're horrid like the little girl with the curl in the nursery rhyme!! Yours look wonderful and I bet they taste consistently wonderful too! E x

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  27. These do scream, "Eat Me". I like macarons, but I always find the colors garish, and thus off putting. Kind of like a fashionably dressed young woman who is trying too hard. One can acknowledge her effort, but have no desire to talk to her. On the other hand, I'd like to sit down in your kitchen, have a nice chat, a cup of tea, and nibble on your cookies. Thanks for inviting me in.

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  28. deedownunder5:47 am BST

    Yay, I can post here again ...I felt 'locked out'. I didn't have any of those required accounts, and it would have taken me forever to figure out how to get one. So, while I have been peeping through the window, now I can come through the door! The macaroons look yummy ...I always seem to have too many egg yolks that I dont know what to do with ....what did you do with yours Sue, that left with so many whites?
    Deedownunder

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    1. Custard for ice cream Dee. I have since found an ice cream recipe which uses whole eggs.

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  29. The macaroons look seriously good :-) DD1 brought me some La Duree ones back from Paris at Christmas and they cost her an arm and deux jambes, so it would be good to make our own!

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  30. These look lovely - good for gluten-free diets, too...

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  31. yummy and gluten free. x

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    1. I'm afraid there is a little flour in this particular recipe but I think it could be replaced with ground almonds or rice flour.

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  32. I just found a recipe in a book from the library yesterday for some rather yummy buns which make use of egg whites. I suppose some of the ingredients are similar - lots of dessicated coconut, meaning that Mr Coffee leaves them all for us...

    and almonds and blueberries. Oh dear. They are all eaten.

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