Cakes & Bakes: Coconut macaroon hearts

Home-made coconut macaroon hearts | H is for Home

You may remember that we had a glut of eggs when we looked after our neighbours chickens whilst they went on holiday. Well, we had a freezer rearrange last week and realised that we had some egg whites that needed using. We also have a huge 1 kilo bag of dessicated coconut (not in the freezer!), two of the main ingredients needed for macaroons.

Coconut macaroons mixture | H is for Home

Seeing as it’s also Valentine’s Day we thought we’d make them a little extra special and made some coconut macaroon hearts drizzled in dark chocolate.

Coconut macaroons mixture formed into hearts | H is for Home

They probably take 10 seconds or so longer to make into hearts than the traditional dome shapes but don’t they look pretty?

Cooked coconut macaroons hearts | H is for Home

If you prefer, you could also dip each heart into the melted chocolate instead of drizzling it… or omit the chocolate altogether, if you prefer.

Cooked coconut macaroons hearts drizzled with dark chocolate | H is for Home

I never realised that they were so quick and easy to make – just throw all the ingredients into a bowl, stir then spoon them on to a well greased or tray or parchment paper. A quarter of an hour in the oven, and they’re done!

Cooked coconut macaroons hearts drizzled with dark chocolate | H is for Home

Click here or on the image below to pin the recipe for later!

Pin this coconut macaroon hearts recipe for later! | H is for Home

Coconut macaroon hearts
Yields 32
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Cook Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 200g/7oz dessicated coconut
  2. 200g/7oz caster sugar
  3. 4 medium-sized egg whites
  4. 1tbsp cornflour
  5. pinch of salt
  6. 2tsp vanilla extract
  7. 75g/2⅔oz dark chocolate
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 150ºC/300ºF/Gas mark 2
  2. Line a large baking tray with greaseproof paper
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the coconut, sugar, cornflour, salt, vanilla extract and egg whites
  4. Form the mixture into little heart shapes using a small cookie cutter placed on the baking tray
  5. Bake in the centre of the oven for 15 minutes until the macaroons begin to turn golden brown Allow to cool for 5 minutes before lifting the hearts off the greaseproof on to a wire rack
  6. Break the chocolate up into chunks and melt by putting it into a heat-proof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water
  7. Lightly drizzle over the macaroons
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Cakes & Bakes: Chocolate mousse

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Chocolate mousse in heart-shaped ramekins | H is for Home

We don’t do the Valentine’s night restaurant ‘thing’ – long rows of tables for two, knocking elbows with the couples either side. So we usually stay in with something good to eat and a bottle of red.

This Valentine’s, Justin made gnocchi Gorgonzola and I made chocolate mousse for dessert (I even served them in heart-shaped ramekins). We rented a film, bought a bottle of nice Shiraz and settled in for the night… perfect!

Chocolate mousse isn’t quite a cake or a bake but I thought I’d share the recipe anyway! I tweaked a recipe from Gordon Ramsay’s Sunday Lunch: And Other Recipes from the F Word

Cakes & Bakes: Chocolate mousse

Yield: makes 4

Cakes & Bakes: Chocolate mousse

Ingredients

  • 100g dark chocolate
  • 300ml double cream
  • 2 tbsp brandy
  • 1 egg white
  • 50g caster sugar
  • White chocolate shavings, to garnish
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Instructions

  1. Break the chocolate into small pieces and set aside. In a small saucepan, heat half of the cream until boiling
  2. Turn off the heat, add the chocolate pieces and stir until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth
  3. Pour the mixture into a bowl set over a large bowl of iced water and add the rest of the cream and brandy
  4. Using a hand-held electric whisk, beat the mixture to soft peaks
  5. Remove the bowl from the iced water
  6. Whisk the egg white with a hand-held electric beater until it forms stiff peaks
  7. Add the sugar to the egg white, one tablespoon at a time, whisking continuously
  8. Using a large metal spoon, carefully fold the meringue through the chocolate mixture
  9. Spoon or pipe into chilled ramekins or serving glasses/pots
  10. Garnish with the white chocolate shavings
  11. Serve immediately or chill for up to 2 days
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You’re All Heart!

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selection of alternative Valentine's Day gifts | H is for Home

I’ve never really been into Valentine’s Day – unimaginative boxes of chocolates, flowers and lacy undies… and all those tables of two, elbow-to-elbow, in jam packed restaurants.

Here’s my top ten selection of things that could get me into the Valentine’s swing of things!

  1. Sweetheart Shape Sugar – £6.95, Fortnum & Mason
  2. Personalised Carved Heart Engraved Wood Cutting Board – $45 USD, Etsy
  3. Heart Mirror – £12, Urban Outfitters
  4. Mulberry Valentines heart key ring £70, Selfridge’s
  5. “home is where the heart is” Mug – £9.50, Oliver Bonas
  6. Double Heart Silicone Mould – £3.99, Lakeland
  7. Diana F+ Love Letters with Flash – €99, Lomography
  8. Heart Snow Globe – £10, Paperchase
  9. Vitra Heart Cone Chair by Verner Panton – £1900.60, Heal’s
  10. 12 Mini Heart Silicone Cases – £5, Marks & Spencer