Chocolate Coconut Macaroons made by Abe!
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday, wherever you may be. I am still sick, which made for a less-than-ideal birthday on December 24th. But I’ll be honest – it wasn’t too horrible, since I already celebrated with a Pie Potluck Party. Plus, Abe played nurse, bought me the best video game to distract me (Uncharted 4) and made all these Chocolate Coconut Macaroons to eat!
I am really impressed with how he does on his first baking-from-scratch attempt ever. And this isn’t just a dump-and-stir recipe – it involves making caramel, and melting chocolate. Things I am normally too lazy to do myself. You know how Blue Apron and Munchery Plaid Box do those pre-measured, meal-delivery kits? Cake in a Crate (my holiday gift from Bob’s Red Mill) is the same thing, but with baking. Its plant-based recipes are by bloggers: this one is from Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest. They have one by my buddy Molly Yeh, too!
The ingredients come in a box with instructions. We do not have a food processor, so Abe uses a blender. For a while, the coconut doesn’t stick together and he has a minor breakdown. Finally, he winds up using the caramel for drizzling at the end (plus a little maple syrup) as glue, and the whole thing comes together.
I love them – and so does the rest of Abe’s family who is in town. I think our extra glue made them a little too sweet, though. But there is no refined sugar in them (and they are vegan/gluten-free, too).
You can get the recipe on Teighan’s site or order the Cake in a Crate online. I think it’s a great gift, but I hope in the future they’ll consider using recipes for non-bakers who don’t have expensive kitchen equipment like stand-mixers and food processors.
In other holiday news – I have to share some things I received that I absolutely adore. The first is my iPhone7 Plus from Abe, which is not a surprise that it is amazing. It’s hard to part with the Marc Jacobs phone case I have been using in virtually every food video I’ve ever recorded (above). But the brand new case I got for it is my everything. Also the Unique Sweets production team sent some Chocolate Panettone from Roy, and we cut into it yesterday. Everyone was freaking out – even people who don’t like panettone – so mental note to buy this for next Christmas!
Full disclosure: The Cake in a Crate is complimentary from Bob’s Red Mill, but this is not a sponsored post.