12/13/2015

Recipe: Vegan Dark Chocolate Macaroons. #BAKEMASday3


 Hi!

First week of #BAKEMAS is going to end with recipe for these delicious macaroons. I got it from Minimalist Baker, probably my favourite vegan cooking blog. But I gotta say they were pretty difficult to make as the mixture is dry and hard to shape. Fortunately I managed to make them. 



The macaroons are very rich in flavour. They can be eaten without the chocolate, although in my opinion they taste much better with it as it gives some bitterness and balances the sweetness- they are sweet though. Even my Dad, who hates vegan food (that's how his mind works apparently) said they are absolutely genius. I dare you to try them :).



Ingredients:
  • 265g shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp maple syrop (as always I used honey)
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease a baking sheet.
  2. Add coconut to a food processor or high speed blender and blend, scraping down sides as needed, until not quite coconut butter. If you went too far, add more coconut and it should firm back up.
  3. Add maple syrup and vanilla and mix again until just incorporated.
  4. Scoop out enough coconut to fit inside the scoop and pack firmly with your hands to get an even shape, then use your finger or the loosening device to slide it out into the shape of a half circle. Gently lay on baking sheet and continue until all coconut is used.
  5. Brush the tops lightly with melted coconut oil. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges/bottoms are golden brown. Set aside.
  6. While macaroons are cooling, melt chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave in 30 second increments.
  7. Once cooled, pick up macaroons and dip in the chocolate, allowing it to come up over the edges slightly. Be gentle as the macarons can be fragile. Wipe away excess with a spoon.
  8. Place macaroons on a parchment-lined plate and repeat until all bites are coated. Let set before eating.
  9. Once set, peel away from parchment and transfer to a serving platter. 

Bye,




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