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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Sunshine Macaroons

I still don't know how I feel about single-subject cookbooks, but I wanted to take a chance with The Macaroon Bible because my dad loves eating coconut flavoured treats. He claims that he never gets to eat any when I make macaroons - that I give them out too quickly - so this batch was made especially for him.

The Macaroon Bible
Written by Dan Cohen
Photographs by Alice Gao
Food styling by Vivian Lui
Prop styling by Kira Corbin
ISBN 13: 9781118472163
ISBN 10: 1118472160
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Hardcover: 152 Pages

Dan Cohen founded New York City's macaroon company, Danny Macaroons, in 2010. His macaroons have just launched in locations across Chicago as well. This book is the result of Dan's experiments, using the basis of a plain macaroon as a blank canvas. What I like about making macaroons is how little equipment you need! It's almost a one-bowl treat!

In the introduction, there's a few pages for the tools, techniques (with step-by-step photos), a history of the macaroon, and how Dan started up his company. Basically, once you know how to make the original vanilla macaroons, you can start playing with flavour variations. The ones I liked the most from the cookbook were the salted caramel macaroons, piƱa colada macaroons, tiramisu macaroons, stoopid macaroons (inspired by Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar, they contain pretzels, potato chips, and a Butterfinger bar), coconut s'mores macaroons, chocolate bombs macaroons, and guava macaroons.

I'd like to seriously applaud the photographer and stylists. It's not easy taking photos of cookies that have a similar exterior look because the difference in flavour isn't always visible. They made each plate, pan, jar, and bowl of macaroons look tasty and inviting.

Please note that I read through the uncorrected proof of the book, so check with the finished copy for final information and recipes. My little cousin and I teamed up to make some sunshine macaroons from the cookbook. Except, we swapped the orange zest for lime zest (whatever was available in our fridge).

Sunshine Macaroons
Recipe adapted from The Macaroon Bible
(Makes about 24 two-inch macaroons)

2 large egg whites
1/4 teaspoon of salt
10.5 ounces of sweetened condensed milk
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Grated zest of 1 lemon
Grated zest of 1 lime
14 ounces of sweetened shredded coconut
Preheat your oven to 175°C (350°F). Line a baking pan with parchment or a silicone mat. Using a stand mixer or a hand mixer, whisk the egg whites and salt on medium high until stiff peaks form.
While the mixer is running, zest the lemon.
And the lime. Easy enough that a 10-year-old can do it!
Add the vanilla extract to the condensed milk. Mix until all of the coconut shreds have been covered with the condensed milk mixture.
 Add both zests to the shredded coconut mixture. Gently fold the egg whites in.
Using a round cookie cutter, spoon the mixture in to form 1 centimetre thick.
Flatten it out with the spoon and gently lift the cookie cutter.
Or you can free form it by making round balls and flattening the cookies. Place the cookies about an inch apart (the macaroons will spread a little).
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Check for colouring, look for an even, light golden colour. Remove from the oven and let the macaroons rest and cool. The macaroons will keep at room temperature for 3 to 5 days, about 3 weeks in an airtight container in the fridge, or a few months in the freezer.
Take it to the next step by sandwiching ice cream or frozen yogurt in between two macaroons. Squeeze. Bite. Enjoy!
Disclaimer: A review copy of The Macaroon Bible was shared with us through NetGalley. There was no incentive or payment exchanged for a review or mention. All opinions are our own.