Gluten-free, dairy-free choco macaroons to cheer up an afternoon

Gluten- and dairy-free macaroons

Gluten- and dairy-free macaroons (lovely flowers from my wonderful work friend Sarah who came to visit the invalid)

Sweet mother of pearl, I have had a few days from hell.  Just when I was recovering from my operation lovely lady period makes her appearance.  Utter. Agony.  Imagine the worst tooth ache, just in your stomach and you can’t get rid of it: mind-numbingly incessant; no painkiller can touch it; nothing can take your mind off it; shambles of a sleep.  For 3 straight days.  Grrrrr.

I gave in as the codeine was not having any effect and took the tramadol; it barely touched the pain, though it did add a surreal out-of-body floating feeling and extreme nausea.  What a bonus.

So to distract myself I baked a bit, if you can call ice-cream-making baking (pics to come).  With the leftover egg whites I made some mouthwatering macaroons, gluten- and dairy-free bien sur.

Recipe:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 75g dessicated/shredded coconut
  • 4 tsp raw honey
  • A few drops of vanilla extract
  • Good quality gluten- and dairy-free dark chocolate – just a few squares required
  1. Preheat the oven to approx. 180 degrees celsius/gas mark 4.  Whisk the egg whites, vanilla and honey together until it is frothy.  Add in the coconut and mix together with your hands (this can be very sticky – run your hands under cold water first to help this).  If the mixture is not sticking together effectively, add more honey until you are happy it will bind and not fall apart.
  2. Place small mounds of the mixture on baking parchment on a baking tray: I made about 10 macaroons from this recipe.  Bake for 10 – 15 minutes or until the tops/edges of the macaroons have turned golden brown.
  3. Beware, do not try to move the macaroons until they are cool!  They are more likely to fall apart, bless their delicate insides.  Melt some dark chocolate in a bowl sitting on top of a saucepan of boiling water until the choc has melted.  Use the back of a teaspoon to drizzle this dark delight over the wee macaroons.  You can also dunk their bottoms in the chocolate and leave to cool/pop in the fridge.  Naughty bottoms.
  4. Put your feet up, grab a cuppa and eat as many as you darn well feel like.  That’s an order, you deserve it.
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