OK folks, as many of you know I am several weeks away from hosting 48 different cooking shows at the Minnesota State Fair. This is arguably the largest State Fair in the United States.
Submitted for your amusement is the first of a series of handouts.
Finley, Hertzel & Ode......yes, I'm sure there may be some mispellings, but I tried my hardest.
KLECKO’S VATICAN CITY / COCONUT-MANGO MACAROONS
Part #1 - ROASTING THE MANGO’S
3 ripe mangos
6 tablespoons brown sugar
2/3 cup Drambuie
Juice of 3 oranges
2 tablespoon of grated ginger
Slice your mango lengthwise into strips. Place the mango into a baking dish, sprinkle with brown sugar and Drambuie. Add the ginger, orange juice & peppercorns and bake at 350 degrees until the mango softens and the compote thickens. In a preheated oven it usually takes me 15-20 minutes. When done, place on top of the oven, let cool, and start on your coconut macaroons.
Part #2 - MAKING MACAROONS
2 large egg whites
1 can of sweetened condensed milk (14 ounces)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
28 ounces shredded / sweetened coconut
1 pinch salt
Preheat oven to 350. In a bowl whisk egg whites and salt until frothy (about 2 minutes). Stir in condensed milk and vanilla. Fold in coconut until ingredients are combined.
Line 2 sheet pans with parchment paper. Scoop the Macaroons with a spoon, ice cream scoop or by hand. Make them golf ball size or a little bigger. Place them 1 ½ - 2 inches apart on the pan. Use your fingers to press an indentation into the top of the Macaroons, and then spoon in a generous dollop of the mango compote.
Bake until the macaroons are golden brown. This will take somewhere around 20 minutes. When they are done, transfer them to a cooling rack and serve warm or at room temperature.
*Don’t forget to visit Klecko each month at the Saint Agnes Retail. It is always the first Saturday of the month between 10 a.m. and noon
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