Creating a blog was out of the question for a long time for me, as measuring everything in the kitchen was like biting into an eggshell. I enjoy cooking and don’t want to waste even a slightest bit of enjoyment in that small world of mine. But little did I know that everything will change, when my husband came home with the Oscar nominated film ‘Julie and Julia’( a real life story) where Julie Powell (part played by Amy Adams) challenged herself to make all the 524 recipes from Julia Child's cook book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ and blogging all her experiences (The Julie/Julia Project). It was an inspiring movie. A few days later when we were discussing this casually with a friend of ours over tea…everything changed dramatically…..” How about you making at least half of it in one year? Not French but your own. 262 recipes that will inspire others and present it as a blog?” For a minute my mind traveled faster than light… With an experience as a helper in my mother in laws kitchen for 6 years followed by a three year everyday struggle to satisfy the palate of my foodie husband, if I cannot do it then why should I cook? But on the other side with an experience in English literature extending no more than expanding outline stories in English grammar class when I was 18 and two small kids that come in handy at times, will a commitment for the next one year work? Anyway my ‘cook's ego’ didn’t allow me to say no...

So my friends …here I am opening my recipe book, trying to perfect and present 262 recipes in the coming 365 days….A Challenge that will of course tastes good. Come.. Have a walk with me along my journey.. Cheering and inspiring….Forgiving and tolerating…Testing and tasting….for ‘A Tasty Challenge’

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Coconut Macaroons with Chocolate drizzle

Recipe No: 285
Ingredients                                              Makes 12
  • Sweetened Coconut….............6 oz/ 155 grams/ 2 ¼ Cups
  • All Purpose Flour………...........1/3 Cup (Maida)
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk…7 oz/ ½ Cup and 2 Tablespoons/ ½ of a 396 Gram tin
  • Vanilla Essence…………………..1/4 Teaspoon
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Semisweet Chocolate Chips….1/2 Cup
Method of Preparation
  1. Preheat the oven to 325˚F/160˚C.
  2. Mix together Coconut, Flour, Condensed Milk, Salt and Vanilla Essence well.
  3. Using an ice-cream scoop, scoop the mixture onto a greased, parchment paper lined baking tray. (I used a medium sized Ice cream scoop to make 12 scoops.)
  4. Place it in the middle of a preheated oven and bake for 15 – 20 minutes or till the top of the Macaroons become light brown here and there. (The time to bake depends on the size of the scoops; so adjust it accordingly.)
  5. Let it cool completely on the baking tray itself.
  6. In a double boiler on low flame, (A dish with the Chocolate placed on top of a deep pot of simmering Water, taking care to avoid Water from coming in contact with the dish with the Chocolate.) melt Chocolate until smooth.
  7. Dip the bottom of the Macaroons in the melted Chocolate and place them on a parchment paper and press slightly so that the Chocolate spreads evenly. Repeat this with all the macaroons.
  8. Scrape all the remaining Chocolate into a small zip lock bag and make a hole on one end.
  9. Squeeze the Chocolate and drizzle it onto the Macaroons to make pretty patterns.
  10. Let it cool completely (so that the Chocolate hardens) and serve at room temperature. Store the left over in air tight containers. 
    • Almond extract can be used instead of Vanilla Essence.
    • The dish to melt the Chocolate should be absolutely dry or the Chocolate will separate. (It becomes a thick mass that won’t melt; if it happens, do start with a fresh batch of Chocolate.)

    Make it, enjoy the deliciousness and 
    serve it to your family with love…


    Julie said...

    wow..looks delicious with the chocolate topping,I too have this in my draft but slightly different version..will post soon !!
    Happy Valentines Day!!

    Erivum Puliyum

    Vimitha Durai said...

    Looks so very yummy n crunchy Asha. Do link this to my ongoing event
    My culinary Trial room
    Ongoing event - Love n Chocolate Fest

    Reshmi Mahesh said...

    Looks so delicious...yumm..

    Faseela said...

    lovely macaroons.....

    Anzz said...

    I love those chocolate kissed macaroons. Look so delicious.

    My event- Valentines Day Special

    Teena said...

    wow..they looks so tempting & pretty! Thanks for sharing :)

    Lavanya said...

    This looks yummy.

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