Jack: I’m sure your macaroons are scrumptious, Marge, but I’ve seen this warden turn down brownies – honest-to-goodness brownies.
– Pokey Mom (The Simpsons Season 12 – Episode 10)
Like eggs, macaroons have gotten a bad rap lately you know. They have been overtaken in popularity by their French cousin the macaron (as you read this, please imagine that “macaron” is being pronounced in a snooty French accent, something like “mac-a-RONN”). In researching these two cookies things got super complicated and confusing, but here are some of the major takeaways:
- A macaroon is a type of small circular cake, typically made from ground almonds (the original main ingredient), coconut…and sometimes other ingredients
- Macaroons made from desiccated coconut instead of almond are most commonly found in [various countries] and the United States
- The macaroon is often mistaken as the macaron…In reality, the word macaroon is simply the English translation of the French word macaron, so both pronunciations are technically correct depending on personal preference and context
So based on this and the screenshot above, I think Marge made macaroons for the Parole Board.
- 1 bag (400 grams / 14 oz.) Shredded Coconut
- 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 egg whites
- Dash of salt
Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix together shredded coconut, condensed milk and vanilla extract.
Using an electric mixer or egg beaters, whisk egg whites and salt until stiff peaks form. Fold the egg whites into the coconut. Spoon onto the baking sheet and bake for approximately 20-25 minutes until they turn brown.
Now, normally I don’t really care much for coconut. I’m not even going to comment on the recent coconut water fad. Actually I am: just drink regular water! Coconut water is not some magical elixir that makes up for you eating terrible foods and never exercising.
Anyway, despite the fact that the main ingredient in this cookie is coconut I was surprised by how much I liked the Macaroons. They were both crunchy, chewy and fluffy all at once. I can see why the Parole Board decided to release a dangerous criminal into the custody of Marge.
Cromulence: 8 Puma Prides out of 10
Parole Board Macaroons Recipe From: Pokey Mom (The Simpsons Season 12 – Episode 10)