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Four Ingredient Coconut Macaroons

coconut macaroons

… freshly baked …

It felt like a baking kind of a day yesterday and it didn’t take long for the cry of ‘ooh macaroons’ to confirm what I was to make.

I had planned to spend a morning, perusing my beautiful new recipe book The Hummingbird Bakery Home Sweet Home, over a cup of tea. I thought that it might take me a good, restful half hour to decide upon which of the delicious treats to make. However, this was not to be the case. As soon as the page turned to macaroons, all other cakes, biscuits and puddings were forgotten and mutterings of ‘I might hold my breath until you say you’ll make macaroons for me’ were heard. From my husband.

coconut macaroon recipe

… lining up the eggs …

This recipe only consisted of four ingredients: eggs, sweetened condensed milk, desiccated coconut and vanilla essence. It was quick and easy to make, but I was a little dubious about the lack of sugar and chocolate. I’m not a massive sugar fan, but I wasn’t sure where the sweetness of the macaroons was going to come from.

eggwhites

… whipping up some stiff peaks …

Despite my reservations, I didn’t deviate from the recipe. The condensed milk, coconut and vanilla were mixed up before I whipped up my egg whites and folded them in. The mixture definitely looked as I imagined it would and I spooned it out onto three baking trays. There wasn’t an indication in the book as to how many macaroons would be made from this mix but I managed to spoon out at least 20 coconut blobs.

unbaked macaroons

… pre-baked macaroons …

I was pretty impressed that after only 15-20 minutes, the macaroons came out with the perfect consistency and were crunchy with soft centres. Mr D-H obviously took it upon himself to conduct the taste test and the macaroons were given a thumbs up of approval. My thoughts were that they had a good flavour, but I would still stand by my earlier musings that they needed a little something extra, perhaps a drizzle of melted chocolate would add a bitterness to them, which I think they would benefit from.

If you fancy giving macaroons a try, you can buy the book here (affiliate link), or try these links to free recipes on the internet:

Enjoy! x

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