Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Coconut Chocolate Chunk Macaroons

For this edition of the cookbook project, it was my choice of recipe. Now, I know that the whole point of a cookbook project is to cook out of different cookbooks until you have used every book that you have. Well, I have a little problem with that, when Megan sent me this book I read it from cover to cover and there are so many that I want to make now. And since we have no rules on this cookbook escapade, two recipes, from the same book, in 2 weeks in a row, was completely fine.

You see, I don't really care for coconut. I think that the older I get, the more it grows on me and flipping through this book these macaroons just stuck in my head. They were easy enough to mix together and a little bake in the oven for 15 minutes, and they were ready to be sampled. My first thought was, well, I really don't know what I thought. They were ok, but not great. Probably won't make them again. They are a little crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside. But, when I came home and sampled them again, they changed my mind. I think that they are better the next day. Still crisp on the outside and chewy in the middle. So, with that said, I may make them again. I haven't written them off completely, yet.

Coconut Chocolate Chunk Macaroon
By: Marcel Desaulniers

2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup tightly packed light brown sugar
4 large egg whites
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
6 oz. semi sweet baking chocolate, chopped into 1/4 inch pieces
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat 2 baking sheets with some of the melted butter. Line the sheets with parchment or wax paper, then lightly coat the paper with more melted butter.

In a sifter, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Sift onto a large piece of parchment or wax paper.

Place the almonds and the sugars in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Pulse for 10 to 12 seconds until combined and the almonds are coarsely chopped.

Place the egg whites and the cream of tartar int eh bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a balloon whip (the bowl and the whip need to be meticulously clean and dry, otherwise the egg whites will not whisk properly). Whisk on high until stiff peaks form, about 2 1/2 minutes. Remove the bowl from the mixer and use a rubber spatula to fold in half the almond mixture. When combined, fold int eh remaining almond mixture. Fold in half of the sifted dry ingredients, when combined, fold in the rest. Now fold in half the chocolate and coconut, and when incorporated, fold in the rest until thoroughly combined.

Using 2 slightly heaping tablespoon or 1 heaping #50 ice cream scoop of the dough to portion 9 macaroons, about 2 inches apart width wise and 3 inches apart lengthwise, on each of the baking sheets. Place the baking sheets on the top and center racks of the oven and bake for 15-16 minutes, until light golden brown, switching the setts between top and center and rotating each sheet 180 degrees halfway through the baking time. Remove from the oven, and immediately transfer from the paper to a cooling rack to cool to room temperature (if the macaroons are not removed from the baking sheets within moments, they will stick to the paper). Store the cooled macaroons in a tightly sealed plastic container.

4 comments:

Dani said...

they look great! :)

Megan said...

My cookies didn't make it to "the next day" :) It was a fun recipe and a great pick! My turn next!!!

The Blonde Duck said...

That's really funny. When I was younger I didn't like coconut and now that I'm older I do. We switched!

Deborah said...

I'm a coconut lover, so I don't know if these would last till the second day with me!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Coconut Chocolate Chunk Macaroons

For this edition of the cookbook project, it was my choice of recipe. Now, I know that the whole point of a cookbook project is to cook out of different cookbooks until you have used every book that you have. Well, I have a little problem with that, when Megan sent me this book I read it from cover to cover and there are so many that I want to make now. And since we have no rules on this cookbook escapade, two recipes, from the same book, in 2 weeks in a row, was completely fine.

You see, I don't really care for coconut. I think that the older I get, the more it grows on me and flipping through this book these macaroons just stuck in my head. They were easy enough to mix together and a little bake in the oven for 15 minutes, and they were ready to be sampled. My first thought was, well, I really don't know what I thought. They were ok, but not great. Probably won't make them again. They are a little crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside. But, when I came home and sampled them again, they changed my mind. I think that they are better the next day. Still crisp on the outside and chewy in the middle. So, with that said, I may make them again. I haven't written them off completely, yet.

Coconut Chocolate Chunk Macaroon
By: Marcel Desaulniers

2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup tightly packed light brown sugar
4 large egg whites
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
6 oz. semi sweet baking chocolate, chopped into 1/4 inch pieces
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat 2 baking sheets with some of the melted butter. Line the sheets with parchment or wax paper, then lightly coat the paper with more melted butter.

In a sifter, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Sift onto a large piece of parchment or wax paper.

Place the almonds and the sugars in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Pulse for 10 to 12 seconds until combined and the almonds are coarsely chopped.

Place the egg whites and the cream of tartar int eh bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a balloon whip (the bowl and the whip need to be meticulously clean and dry, otherwise the egg whites will not whisk properly). Whisk on high until stiff peaks form, about 2 1/2 minutes. Remove the bowl from the mixer and use a rubber spatula to fold in half the almond mixture. When combined, fold int eh remaining almond mixture. Fold in half of the sifted dry ingredients, when combined, fold in the rest. Now fold in half the chocolate and coconut, and when incorporated, fold in the rest until thoroughly combined.

Using 2 slightly heaping tablespoon or 1 heaping #50 ice cream scoop of the dough to portion 9 macaroons, about 2 inches apart width wise and 3 inches apart lengthwise, on each of the baking sheets. Place the baking sheets on the top and center racks of the oven and bake for 15-16 minutes, until light golden brown, switching the setts between top and center and rotating each sheet 180 degrees halfway through the baking time. Remove from the oven, and immediately transfer from the paper to a cooling rack to cool to room temperature (if the macaroons are not removed from the baking sheets within moments, they will stick to the paper). Store the cooled macaroons in a tightly sealed plastic container.

4 comments:

Dani said...

they look great! :)

Megan said...

My cookies didn't make it to "the next day" :) It was a fun recipe and a great pick! My turn next!!!

The Blonde Duck said...

That's really funny. When I was younger I didn't like coconut and now that I'm older I do. We switched!

Deborah said...

I'm a coconut lover, so I don't know if these would last till the second day with me!