When I think of Paris there are several iconic things that come to mind: the Eiffel tower, the Moulin Rouge, the Seine, outdoor cafes, 2-hour lunches, and the macaroon. The Eiffel tower and the Moulin Rouge are a half a world away, too far for me when I need a Paris fix. The outdoor cafes and the 2-hour lunches aren’t a serious part of our culture so that leaves the macaroon.
The best tasting macaroons this side of the Atlantic are homemade, and they are so easy to make. As I am sitting here I know I could prepare and bake a coconut macaroon in about 45 minutes. A bite into that chewy goodness, and if I close my eyes as I’m chewing, the memories of our trip to France came flooding back.
Now I admit my macaroons look very plain compared to the little multicolored sandwiches I saw in the windows of the pâtisseries in Paris. I did a search on You Tube to see how hard it would be to make those colorful little sandwiches. The best site I could find was A French Macaroon Recipe and Video from the Joy Of Baking.com. It looked time consuming and they even said it takes practice to get it right, so I think I will just continue to dream of those colorful and delectable treats and perhaps plan a return trip to that marvelous city.
1/2 cupEgg whites about 4 medium
1 tspVanilla extract
1/2 cupFlour all-purpose
2 1/2 cupsCoconut flakes
Have egg whites at room temperature.
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Time: __________ (45 minutes prior to target time)
Heat oven to 325 degrees.
Beat egg whites in a large mixing bowl until stiff but not dry, gradually adding the sugar and vanilla.
In a separate medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and 1 cup sugar. Add coconut and mix until well combined.
Fold gently into the beaten egg whites a little at a time until all of the flour/sugar mixture is incorporated.
Drop by rounded teaspoonful onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes, or until tops are golden.
Remove from oven and cool for 2 minutes, then carefully remove macaroons using a thin spatula.
Macaroons go extremely well with the homemade ice cream recipes found in this blog.