Ferran Adria is certainly at the tippy top of the best chef lineup. However, his family cookbook, The Family Meal, Home Cooking with Ferran Adria, is anything but complicated. It came out several years ago, and it’s the collection of recipes for the staff meal that they made every day at El Bulli–but beyond recipes, they are organized by meals–so you get a starter, main, and dessert. We aren’t talking complicated–one menu is a potato chip omelet, pork loin with peppers, and followed by coconut macaroons. It has great step-by-step pictures telling you how to do every little thing (in the ossobuco recipe there are pictures that show you how dusted the meat should be with flour, to how much salt is in the hand when seasoning). The macaroons get the same treatment, and they are delicious–and a dessert to think about when you really have no ingredients in the house except unsweetened coconut, sugar, and eggs.
We dipped ours in melted dark chocolate at the end, but they are also just perfect without.
Here’s the recipe–makes 15 macaroons
1 cup unsweetened dried coconut
1/2 cup sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix the coconut and sugar in a large bowl.
Beat the egg with a balloon whisk and stir the eggs into the coconut and sugar. Mix with your hands until even.
Using your hands or two teaspoons, shape the mixture into walnut-size balls. Place on the cookie sheet.
Bake for 13 minutes, or until slightly golden. Let cool before serving.
(If you buy the book–the instructions are on the step-by-step pictures…super easy and helpful!)