Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Gourmet Christmas Macaroons

Just Chocolate

Christmas would be incomplete in our household without macaroons, so decided to make chocolate ones this Christmas. According to Ranita they are very addictive and I agree. She spent the afternoon eating all the dark, gooey, nutty chocolate macaroons and before she realised it finished one whole container. Try them and see for yourself. Become a gourmet!

The Recipe

500 gms sugar, 150 gms cashew kernels or bits, 18 cardamoms (seeds only), two large egg whites; a pinch of salt; 3 tbsp cocoa powder.
Blend sugar, salt, cocoa and cardamom in blender. Place in mixing bowl. Add cashew kernels and mix with spatula. Add egg white a little at the time until the mixture becomes a dough like consistency. Discard unused egg white. If too sticky add more sugar. Break off pieces and place on baking tray 2 inches apart(see photo) Preheat oven to 350 F or 200 C. Bake 15 to 20 minutes until done. Remove and cool. Serve as a dessert after dinner or transfer to airtight container. Subsequent batches take less time, so watch macaroons carefully. Guaranteed favourite for any special occasion.

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