Coconut macaroon is one of those cookie that I rarely make at home, and I never bought it either because most of them don't really look and sound appetizing. As far as I remember I only made it twice in my life time.
Recently, I have guest from Basque-Spain stayed with us, he apparently, loves coconut. He told me that he would eat everything that has coconut in it. But one of his favorite is, coconut macaroon. One afternoon, we both tried to make this cookie that he likes so much. The result was okay, in fact, I didn't terribly like it, though he said it wasn't bad at all. I thought I would try to find another recipe that would taste better next time. So, one weekend when he and my sister went out of town, I started to search through all of my cookbooks. There was one title from one of my book that sounded pretty promising, plus the recipe seemed very simple, and was not too many steps to follow. I just had to try the recipe immediately. I was so glad I did! I think I just found the perfect coconut macaroon that I like. The best part was, after he and my sister had a bite of this macaroon, they both really liked it too!
* The original recipe does not contain orange flower water
Chewy Coconut Macaroon Scented With Orange Flower Water
Recipe adapted from Michel Suas's Advance Bread and Pastry
11⅞ oz shredded coconut
7¼ oz egg whites
12⅞ oz sugar
1 tsp orange flower water*
Preheat oven to 325℉.
Place all ingredients in a medium size sauce pan. Set the pan over medium heat stove, cook, stirring continuously until thermometer read 130℉. Remove from the heat.
Scoop macaroon into parchment lined baking sheet, about 2 inches in diameter and 1¾ inches high. Bake in the middle rack for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown (mine took longer then 20 minutes). Remove onto cooling rack to cool completely.
This macaroons taste incredibly delicious, crunchy at first bite, follow by the chewy, gooey, slightly sticky, and sweet of course. The aroma of orange flower water is not too fragrant, just a note that it is present, and I like that.
This macaroons taste incredibly delicious!
Crunchy at first bite, follow by the chewy, gooey, slightly sticky,
and sweet, of course. The aroma of orange flower water is not too fragrant, just a note that it is present, and I like that!