It’s already December and with Christmas on its way soon, I’m gonna share some wonderful recipes from our Kuswar. Kuswar is a set of traditional sweets prepared just before Christmas. Christians all over the world go to churches and attend mass on 24th and welcome the birth of Jesus at the strike of midnight!
Macaroons an absolute treat which is liked by grownups and kids alike. With the deep coconutty flavor and crisp on the outside while a bit chewy on the inside. These are light and great for people who want a treat once in a while as I do not use condensed milk at all.
So let’s get the Christmas cheer going…
3 cups of unsweetened shredded coconut
4 egg whites
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 cup granulated white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Make sure you use store bought unsweetened shredded coconut and not the dried one at home. Grind the granulated sugar and keep aside.
Whisk the egg whites in a large steel bowl preferably with a beater until it becomes light. Add powdered sugar, salt and vanilla extract and beat a little more. Now add the shredded coconut and flour and fold it all in properly using the spatula in only one direction. Now refrigerate this mixture for atleast two hours. You can also prep it at night and bake them the next day.
Preheat the oven at 180 degrees Celcius. Now line the baking tray with parchment paper (also known as butter paper). Scoop the mixture with a tablespoon and place it on the baking tray keeping them an inch apart as they will fluff up during baking and will need space. Bake them for around 15 minutes or until done. Remove the tray from the ovenr and cool.
The baking time also depends if one likes their macaroons to be chewy or crisp. You can have them warm or after cooling them with a side of English tea as well.
If you use sweetened shredded coconut, your macaroons will turn soft. So use them of you like chewy macaroons.
You can make them filled with nuts or chocolate dipped or even bake them with a piece of chocolate inside.