Hay Hay! It’s Donna Day #2 – Macaroons January 22, 2006

  Donnaday_030_2                                                                                                                                            When it comes to macaroons, I’m a purist. It’s one of those things that I don’t make very often…but when I do, I want it to be the essence of macaroon. Don’t fuss around with it – just give me light, chewy, delicate coconut taste.

In the past, when I’ve made them (the last batch being around the holidays), I’ve used the Barefoot Contessa’s recipe. It calls for sweetened condensed milk, which really amps up the indulgence factor. I was excited to try Donna Hay‘s macaroon recipe for Donna Hay #2, graciously hosted by Pearl of the Orient.

The recipe couldn’t be simpler, which I loved. The egg whites hold the mixture together and give the cookies a much lighter texture than the macaroons I’ve been making. I added a touch of vanilla extract to the main batter recipe because, well, everything I bake gets an extra "oomph" of vanilla extract.

Donnaday_043_1While I really thought the plain ol’ macaroons were great, I decided to dress them up with some toppings. Mounds were always one of my favorite candy bars when I was a kid…and macaroons obviously loan themselves to being mound-a-fied. Some melted Lindt bittersweet chocolate and toasted almonds made some killer "Moundaroons".

Lime Macaroons (obviously in this case NOT lime macaroons)

2 cups desiccated coconut

1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs whites

1 1/2 tablespoon lime zest*** (alter to suit your own recipe – i added a splash of vanilla to mine instead)

Preheat oven to 180C (that’s 350F for some of you). Place the coconut, sugar, lime zest and egg whites in a bowl and mix to combine. Roll the mixture into balls. Place on a lined baking tray, flatten slightly and bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly golden. Serve with coffee. Makes 15.

Comments

Anne Jan 22, 2006 07:01 pm

This recipe looks amazing! I will have to try it. Thank you.

Alicat Jan 23, 2006 08:01 am

I have a feeling moundaroons are going to become a hit! :o) Those look very delicious. I tried making Nigella’s macaroons once but they were ginormous and not cute and dainty like yours. ah well. still tastes good. ;)

tami Jan 23, 2006 05:01 pm

anne- let me know how they turn out for you :)
ali – i hope so. they were pretty darned yummy. i’m not sure they’re the prettiest but maybe they tasted better than they looked.

Glutton Rabbit Jan 25, 2006 04:01 am

Hi Tami,
The moundaroons looks extremely gorgeous! Great stuff! Stay tuned for the Donna Day round up next week ; )

BNA Jan 25, 2006 12:01 pm

Scrumptious…and would be perfect with tea.

barbara Jan 31, 2006 02:01 pm

Thanks for particiapting Tami. Your macaroons look so light and delicious.

Easily Pleased Feb 2, 2006 08:02 am

i LOVE macaroons and i must say, your photo of the plain “purist” ones that you made is absolutely delightful. I want one now!! i have never tried making them but you have inspired me. keep up the awesome blog – this is my first visit ;)

tami hardeman Feb 2, 2006 09:02 am

Barbara-
Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog :))

tami hardeman Feb 2, 2006 09:02 am

EP-
Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the nice comments on the photos. I, too, prefer the “purist” version…but the “moundaroons” certainly take care of the chocolate lovers out there.