A couple of weeks ago we had friends over for dinner, and the woman made an incredibly gorgeous baklava. She's Turkish, so she followed all the rules, made it with 40 layers and filled it with honey. Although I drooled over it, it was wheat city and was a no-go. Thankfully, my mother-in-law was kind enough to make something equally delicious.
|Macaroons, baklava and lemon cake|
She made a batch of surprisingly simple to make macaroons, or almond cookies. These didn't have coconut in them, which I was expecting. Instead, they had three basic ingredients - almond meal, sugar and egg whites. You can't get much easier than that, can you? Each one was topped with a single whole almond, and they were tasty enough that none lasted the night. Delicious. Here's a basic recipe for them HERE.
Random tangent here, but I feel like it is my duty to make sure that anyone reading this is well-versed on the distinction between macarons and macaroons. Both, in my opinion, are delicious. But they are very different confections. See below for clarification:
Phew. Now we've got that out of the way.
Another delicious dish my mother in law whipped up for us while she was here was profiteroles. I'll admit I came close to shedding a tear for having to miss this one, because they are incredible. She made the shells light and airy, we whipped heavy whipping cream for the center and each one was topped with melted chocolate.
|Hard at work. With chocolate.|
To make sure I wasn't a sad little bunny, I decided to dip some cherries in the same melted chocolate. Man, they may not be pretty (ok, fine - they look ugly) but they tasted incredible. Lesson = dip anything in chocolate, and it will taste good.
Do you have any dietary restrictions/food allergies?
I won't continue with my sob story, but YES! Gluten and soy. Thankfully chocolate is okay so I'll be fine.
Macaroon or macaron?
As delicious as the macaroons I had were - it's macarons all day long. Specifically because they come in such gorgeous colors. I don't even mind that they cost like $300 apiece because they're just so dainty and pretty and delicious.