8/20/2010

Guava Filled Coconut Macaroon Topped With White Chocolate






I always thought the look of coconut macaroons was more appealing than the actual taste. Whenever I would see those plump golden nuggets covered with chocolate, my mouth would water. It seemed like it had the recipe for success, but never did succeed - at least not for me. And then, I realized exactly what was coming in between me and a pleasant macaroon-eating experience: the coconut. I absolutely hate the taste of sweetened shredded coconut.







I guess you can blame this passionate hate on me being a true "Baiana". Being from Bahia, I know what real coconut taste like; most of our traditional dishes call for some type of coconut - coconut milk, shredded coconut, fresh coconut meat and coconut water. As a matter of fact, there is a Brazilian dessert that reminds me of macaroons called, cocada. So, I thought I would try making coconut macaroons with a different type of coconut (something less fake) and boy did the results really paid off!




Coconut macaroons are super simple to make and only consists of a few ingredients. Instead of the sweetened shredded coconut, I used unsweetened coconut flakes. Not only do the flakes taste more like real coconut, but it gives you control of how sweet you want your macaroons. I chose to sweeten my macaroons with condensed milk, another ingredient we frequently use in Brazilian cuisine (particularly desserts). Although I do have a huge sweet tooth, I didn't want my macaroons to be too sweet, because I wanted to fill them with a homemade guava jelly.




After beating my egg whites and folding it into my coconut mixture, I let my macaroons bake for about 25 minutes, until they turned into golden puffs. I sandwiched the guava jelly in between two macaroons, and finished them off with some melted white chocolate! Heaven!!!




Now, I am itching to make these with freshly grated coconut...stay tuned!



Coconut Macaroons


2 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
14 oz sweetened condensed milk
Pinch of salt
3 extra large egg whites

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, combine coconut flakes, condensed milk and salt until everything is well incorporated. In another bowl, beat egg whites until it stiffens. Fold egg whites into coconut mixture. In a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, drop about 2 tablespoon of the batter for each macaroon. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes or until golden.

5 comments:

Damaris said...

This looks delish. I want to make some right now.

Brooklyn said...

amazing emme, congrats

Magic of Spice said...

Brilliant! These are very impressive :)

Cookin' Canuck said...

Great idea to use unsweetened coconut flakes & sweeten the macaroons with other ingredients.

Baking Barrister said...

Using more real coconut is a brilliant idea--I love macaroons but they can be too sweet sometimes. I absolutely love how to filled them with guava as well--it makes them sort of tropical and unique.

BTW, I wanna go to Brazil so badly :(