Wednesday, 21 December 2016

On the Ninth day of Christmas, I made Coconut and Cranberry Christmas Trees

Hello Dear Reader,

Do you remember when there were only Macaroons, not Macarons? Those lovely crunchy, chewy coconut-ty biscuits, made with sugar, coconut and egg white. My Mum would make these whenever she had a spare egg white from cooking something else, nothing was wasted, ever. I have carried on that way of cooking and love to make these Macaroons into little Christmas trees, with the addition of dried Cranberries. As with most of my baking, these are easy-peasy, look super cute and are just delicious. Perfect.

Ingredients for Coconut and Cranberry Christmas Trees, clockwise from top right-
2 eggs whites, 60 grams of dried cranberries, finely chopped, 1 teaspoon vanilla paste,
150 gram caster sugar, 190 grams shredded coconut. Preheat oven to 160 C and line a tray with silicon baking paper
In a bowl, add the egg whites, sugar and vanilla
Whisk until combined
Add coconut and dried cranberries and mix well
Make small conical shaped "Christmas Trees" using about 2 tablespoons of mixture each time, flattening out the bottom and lightly squeezing the top (where a star would sit)
As you make them sit them on the lined oven tray
Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Each oven is different though, so keep an eye on them. 
To serve, lightly dust with icing sugar

Do you remember, good, old fashioned Macaroons? 

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