I have had this cookbook, Gale Gand’s Short and Sweet, for at least 4 years and have only made two things out of it, Cherry Clafouti and Fruit Potstickers, both delicious. Travis was working on fixing his Grandparent’s record player and I caught site of the book because you know, I store my cookbooks in the record player. I really super love cookbooks, of all kinds, but I usually just look at them and read them, I rarely cook from them.
I made mini macaroon pies with chocolate ganache.
They are sticky and chewy. I can’t eat very many of them, and of course, if you don’t like coconut you will hate these. It’s like a mini Almond Joy pie. I have toasted almonds to go on top of them as well but because this was just the test batch I didn’t use them.
This is time consuming I thought, but not terribly. I spent quite a bit of time molding the coconut cups because I wasn’t sure exactly how much to use for each one. It turns out I used too much, maybe. Combine 3/4 cup of white sugar, 3 large egg whites, and 2 1/2 cups of sweetened flaked coconut. Spoon it into mini muffin pan cups and create a bowl. Cook in a 350 degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes.
I am actually not sure I can get them much thinner, and the chocolate ganache is super duper rich and anymore of it than what is possible with the thicker cups might be too much. Chop 8 ounces of semisweet baking chocolate and bring 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream to just a boil. Pour the cream over the chopped chocolate and let it sit for a minute before whisking it to melt the chocolate. I had chunks of chocolate left over so I did a double boiler to melt it all the way. It got super shiny!
I had to chop the chocolate with a bread knife.
Did you know Baker’s chocolate jumps like jumping beans when you chop it up? I did not.
In the middle of all of this Soda decided to be cute.
I had to pry the cups out of the muffin tin with a plastic knife but they came out pretty easily after going around the edges. I poured in the ganache and let it sit for an hour before I tried one. Yum!
Happy Thanksgiving friends!