March 30, 2010

Passover started last night. In addition to bringing a salad for our community Seder, I also offered to bring a dessert. Being a procrastinator, I waited until the very last minute to figure out what to make. Desserts during Passover are tricky...they must be flour-free or made with matzah meal (and when baking, matzah meal just isn't the same as flour). I meant to ask my mother-in-law for ideas, but I got distracted during our recent phone conversation about gardening, traveling, and reading. Have I ever mentioned before how lucky I am in the mother-in-law department? Well, I am. In addition to sharing similar interests she is also a great source for recipes, but once I realized I had forgotten to ask her for Passover dessert recipes, it was too late (one of those frustrating aspects of living on the other side of the world). So I turned to the Barefoot Contessa. She, like my mother-in-law, is always reliable. Seriously, I have always had success with Ina's recipes. And her macaroon recipe will now have a permanent spot in my recipe box. Five simple ingredients, easy to make, pretty on a plate, and very tasty....that's a winning combination. And the true test: I don't even like coconut, but I loved these. Happy Passover! Happy Easter! Happy Spring! Happy Sweet Eating!

Coconut Macaroons (from Barefoot Contessa Family Style)

14 ounces sweetened shredded coconut
14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 extra-large egg whites, at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Combine the coconut, condensed milk, and vanilla in a large bowl. Whip the egg whites and salt on high speed in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment until they make medium-firm peaks. Carefully fold the egg whites into the coconut mixture.

Drop the batter onto sheet pans lined with parchment paper using either a 1 3/4-inch diameter ice cream scoop, or two teaspoons. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown. Cool and serve.
anglouise said...

Yum! Those sound delicious. I'll have to give them a try!

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Jessica said...

I LOVE macaroons, I can't wait to give this recipe a try! Thanks for sharing. :)

Anonymous said...

WOW. They look yummy and easy too. My favorite combination.


boatbaby said...

We have nobody to celebrate passover with this year, so I sort of let it slip. Bad mommy. Thank you for the recipe... I think I would add "dip in dark chocolate" to the end of that myself :)

Manny said...

Lucia: thanks for sharing. I meant the pictures, of course! Hope you're well.

Dana said...

Looks yummy!
Hope your mother is enjoying every minute of her visit.


House Mother said...

I love Ina too for being reliable, not too difficult, and always yummy.

Enjoy the time with your Mom -- loved the photos of your day-tripping so far.

craftymama said...

those look good! we're not doing a Seder this year (sadly, in my opinion). the kids had a child-only one with their grandparents. they made their own matzo!

likeschocolate said...

We will be making these cookies tomorrow. Interesting that your recipe calls for condensed milk. I bet they are super soft. Yummy!

Tara Holmes said...

These look delish! I would def dip in dark chocolate :)
Wishing you a joyous festival :)

Francesca said...

How interesting, this is like a little lesson for me on passover and different traditions. Happy sweet eating:)

Cami said...

Pretty sure I'm having some of these tomorrow with little pretend eggs in them.

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