Coconut macaroon nests

Coconut macaroon nests
  • Serves icon Makes 12
  • Time icon Hands-on time 15 min, oven time 10-12 min

Martha Collison’s brand new idea for Easter nests, using a coconut macaroon, are moreish so you’ll be forgiven for eating more than one.

She’s got some more great Easter recipes too; try her almond and cherry simnel cakes or chocolate nest cake showstopper.

Nutrition: PER MACAROON NEST

Calories
217kcals
Fat
14.5g (11.4g saturated)
Protein
3.1g
Carbohydrates
17g (16.8g sugars)
Fibre
3.1g
Salt
0.1g
Calories
217kcals
Fat
14.5g (11.4g saturated)
Protein
3.1g
Carbohydrates
17g (16.8g sugars)
Fibre
3.1g
Salt
0.1g

Ingredients

  • 200g desiccated coconut (see tips)
  • 150g condensed milk
  • Finely grated zest and juice ½ lemon
  • 1 large free-range egg white
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 100g white chocolate, melted
  • Chocolate mini eggs to decorate

You’ll also need…

  • Large baking sheet lined with non-stick baking paper

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4. Combine the desiccated coconut, condensed milk, lemon zest and juice in a bowl to form a thick paste (see tips). Set aside.
  2. Put the egg white and a pinch of salt into a small mixing bowl and whisk to stiff peaks. Add the caster sugar, 1 tbsp at a time, whisking to form a glossy meringue.
  3. Using a spatula in a figure of eight motion, fold the meringue into the coconut mixture until evenly mixed.
  4. Divide the mixture into 12 even-size mounds on the prepared baking sheet, spaced a few centimetres apart. Use a teaspoon to indent
    the centre of each mound, then use your fingers to form a nest shape. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges are just starting to brown.
  5. Leave to cool briefly on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Drizzle a little melted white chocolate into and over each nest, then add a few chocolate mini eggs.

delicious. tips

  1. Use the best desiccated coconut you can afford for this recipe – we used Daylesford Organic (available from ocado.com).

    If the coconut mixture feels a little dry (step 1), stir in another spoonful of condensed milk.

  2. The nests will keep for up to 3 days in an airtight container.

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