Friday, June 11, 2010
Mudarons - not quite mud puddles and not quite macarons
So I was sitting around having a chat with my friend jojobirdo when she mentioned a recipe she had just made for Chocolate Mud Puddle Biscuits which consisted of only 5 ingredients and turned out with a delicious brownie texture.
Of course I was instantly intrigued, easy, chocolatey and delicious who wouldn't be. So I copied the recipe into my ideas book with the thought I might try it one day.
But that very night after dinner the craving stuck me and luckily for me I had all the ingredients handy.....almost. Jojobirdo and I had mused how similar the ingredients were to a macaron, except the mud puddle recipe called for crushed nuts instead of ground almond.
So I made a little modification and came up with this cookie which as it turns out looks nothing like the Mud Puddle Cookies I googled, which should spread out while cooking into a flat shiny textured cookie with a crackly finish.
But I am happy with my not really Mud Puddles, they looked a bit like a messy macaron. They are actually really yummy and only took 20 minutes to mix, cook (and eat).
I think I might call them Mudarons.
I also made a variation with marshmallows, and it seems they were so good warm I didn't have any left the next morning for pictures.
Mudarons makes approx 30
(any US conversions in brackets)
2 cups icing (powdered) sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
2 egg whites
150g (5 1/4 oz) ground almond
Preheat oven to 180 C (350 F) and line baking trays with parchment paper.
Place all ingredients in bowl and mix with a hand held or stand mixer. Mixture will be very stiff and sticky.
Pop approx 2 tsp onto baking trays allowing a little room to spread.
Bake for 10 mins or until just cooked.
Remove from tray after 5 mins to wire rack.
Variation Hot Chocolate Mudarons - after 8 mins remove trays and place a marshmallow onto top of each cookie. Return to oven and bake further 2 mins.