Not to be confused with the highly popular macarons (although it can be quite confusing as macarons are also known as macaroons), I'm distinguishing them like this - French macarons for coloured meringue discs sandwiched with filling and macaroons for chewy coconut confections with a crispy outer.
I never took a liking to the plain coconut macaroons which were usually pyramid shaped morsels with toasted coconut on the outside but these ones are on chocolate overload and are really something. If you can imagine a meringue based brownie you'd be close to the taste and texture of these - fudgy, chewy chocolate and coconut covered with a crisp baked outer shell. Highly addictive.
Fudgy Chocolate Macaroons
Makes 16-18250g good quality dark chocolate (72% or more cocoa)
2 egg whites
a pinch of salt
3/4 cup caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 cups coconut (best with long thread coconut but you can substitute desiccated coconut)
Preheat oven to 150 degrees C. Line a large tray with baking paper.
Chop or break the chocolate into small chunks and place in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (don't let the water touch the base of the bowl or let it splash onto the chocolate). Stir frequently until the chocolate is melted. Put aside to cool.
Place the egg whites, salt and 1/2 cup of the caster sugar into the spotlessly clean (no grease!) mixing bowl of your cake mixer and, using the whisk attachment, whisk until stiff. Add the remainder of the sugar about a heaped tablespoonful at a time, whisking each addition for a few minutes.
Turn your cake mixer onto lowest setting and briefly mix in the vanilla and melted chocolate. Using a metal spoon, fold in the coconut carefully.
Place small scoops onto the baking tray. I used a mini ice cream scoop which holds just over a tablespoon of mix, depends on how big you want the macaroons. I think next time I'd go with just using a spoon to get a more rustic look at these were too rounded for my liking.
Bake for approximately 15-20 minutes until crisp on the outside but soft and chewy in the centre.
I'm sharing these with Sweet New Zealand hosted this month by Frances at Bake Club.
I'm also pleased to be participating in We Should Cocoa as this has been on my food blogging To Do list since, oh I don't know how long. We Should Cocoa is also a monthly food blogging event all about chocolate and whatever other ingredient the guest hosts come up with. This month's host I'd Much Rather Bake Than ... has chosen coconut so it seems I am lucky in that all my stars converged (drum roll, please) resulting in my first ever entry.
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