Coconut macaroon squares
Any coconut fan will love these and I think they have a real retro feel about them. With Comic relief coming soon on March 15th, I thought this recipe would be perfect for you to make to sell. Cherries and Comic relief go hand in hand when it comes to cake raising funds and I think the squares look so temping that asking for a £1 donation would be a bargain don’t you?
To make these I used the lovely ‘Rectangle baking pan’ that I have been sent from Pampered Chef. I am sure many of the Pampered Chef ladies will be baking for Comic relief and doing charity hostings as well. I know that having some yummy cakes to sell can raise lots of money. My Macmillian coffee evening proved that
Lots of people will be doing cake sales but it also a great excuse to get people together so having a morning, afternoon or evening like I did for Macmillian is also a great way to raise money and have fun.
When Comic relief is over though this is a great recipe to have when your in a coconut mood though have to say even the look of these squares puts a smile on my face. I think it a blast from the past from coconut pyramids!!!
So to make these yummy coconut macaroon squares that makes 15 squares you will need:
200g castor sugar
6 eggs separated
300g desiccated coconut
50g ground rice (or you could use ground almonds for a nuttier taste)
pinch of salt
Glace cherries *washed at least 15 but have a few **spares.
A little extra castor sugar
To make the coconut squares you need to:
- Preheat oven to 180ºC
- Grease and line your pan (size I used was the 33 x 23 x 5cm pan)
- In a large bowl whisk the egg yolks and castor sugar.
- Stir in the coconut and ground rice (or almonds if using) until completely mixed.
- Whisk the egg whites and salt until stiff.
- Add half the egg whites to the coconut mix and fold in carefully, then add the other half.
- Spread the mixture into the prepared pan.
- Put the whole cherries evenly across the mix. Imagining squares and a cherry in the middle.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until golden.
- Leave to cool completely, sprinkle with castor sugar for that finishing touch, then cut into your 15 squares.
*Rinse your cherries to get rid of the sticky coating as this helps to stop them from sinking.
**Have a few extra’s just in case any sink so only a little bit of the cherry is showing. If baking for yourself this doesn’t matter but if we are Comic relief baking the all important cherry is a must. Just top with a half of a cherry and pop back in the oven for 1-2 minutes.
Once they have cooled these cut really easily and I think look lovely. To sell cut squares of baking paper larger than the coconut squares and place the square on them. You can use decorative edge scissors to make the baking paper look a bit special.
The rectangle pan which is proving to be such a great piece of baking equipement to use is available from Pampered Chef or if you are looking for a Pampered Chef consultant near you pop here to see who they are.
For another dotty Comic Relief recipe you may also like my cookies
I am trying out some goodies sent to me from Pampered Chef and this is one of a collection of recipes I am doing whilst using their lovely products. Thank you again Carla for sending them.