My last post was for the rich and creamy ice-cream slice that, some of the more observant of you may have noticed, called for six egg yolks. I have been known on occasion to let one stray egg white go down the sink uncooked. Very occasionally I may have let two go. But six egg whites… I could not in all conscience see them wasted. What did you do with the egg whites then, Amee? I hear you all cry in unison. Well, let me tell you what…
Two egg whites were whisked up with sugar into a roulade, baked in a swissroll tin and rolled with toffee cream and slices of caramel apple. Ta-daaah...Toffee Apple Roulade -quick, simple and dee-licious!
The other four were used in my own favorite sweet treat, Coconut Macaroons. This is more or less the home-made version of a 'Bounty Bar', (called 'Mounds' in America, as I am reliably informed by my friend Mona - my go-to-gal for all Americana wisdom).
With a crispy exterior and a soft, chewy interior, these can be eaten warm from the oven, or dipped in milk or dark chocolate at room temperature. You will need to chill the mixture before putting it in the oven, but you can leave them overnight in the fridge before cooking and they will not suffer in the slightest.
The Coconut Macaroons store very well. They will stay wonderfully moist and chewy even after a few days in the cookie jar.
4 large egg whites, at room temperature
200 g granulated white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
50g plain flour, sifted
10g corn flour
250g desiccated coconut
100g chocolate of choice, melted.
Place a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, whisk together the egg whites, sugar, and salt. When this mixture is warm to the touch and nice and creamy, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract, flours and coconut. Cover and refrigerate for about two hours until firm, or overnight.
Preheat oven to 165 degrees C and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Place small mounds (very heaped teaspoons) of the batter on the parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing them several inches apart. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool on the baking sheet for about 10 minutes and then place on a wire rack to cool. When cold, dip the flat bottoms in the melted chocolate - replace on the parchment-lined baking sheets until set then drizzle the tops of the macaroons with the remaining chocolate.
Makes about 2 dozen macaroons