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Friday, May 25, 2012

Almond Macaroons


Almond macaroons - I have so many good things to say about these!

If you happen to live where you can purchase bags of lovely ground almonds, this recipe is super fast and a great way to use up egg whites.  Almond macaroons also have that lovely slightly crunchy-on-the-outside feel with a sink-your-teeth-into-chewiness inside and all with that delicious subtly sweet almond flavor.  Yum.  

Here's how to make your own:
- preheat your oven toe 325°F/170°C.
- mix together 3 cups ground almonds with 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
- stir in 3 egg whites, 1/2 tsp. almond extract and 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract and mix well
- form teaspoon-sized cookies on a lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes - they should be golden on the edges
- let cool on the baking pan for 2 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely

Now you can enjoy them with some tea.   

Here I'm enjoying my favorite, a South African tea called Red Bush Kalahari which has a slight lemony flavor.  This comes from Mokka, one of two local tea shops, that also sells coffee beans and delicious pralines.  (Dangerously delicious pralines - rich chocolates, ultra creamy fillings,...  the kind you can easily hoard and eat vicariously all by yourself... *happy sigh*  But that's another topic!)
Guten Appetit!
Janice