Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Gingerbread Macarons

 

E came home one day... announced that she and her friends were trying to persuade their Math teacher to organise a class party during the last week of term. After much wingeing and whining... I am sure... Mr Math Teacher caved in to their request. 
She voluntered to bring macarons ...party

Initially I wanted to bake mango macarons... my little mistress said 'Mom, what if someone does not like mango?' ... Strike 1!!!
She suggested ~ why not bake chocolate macarons?... 'But you had that for your Birthday...' was my reply...Strike 2!!!
Then I told her ..'Let me think ....perhaps something Christmas-sy...' and here it is...

Gingerbread Macarons
with
Lindt Orange Intense Dark Chocolate Ganache
phew ... lucky it is not Strike 3!!! If it is ...then there will no macarons at all for the party ....hehehe... poor E...broken heart
Baked 5 batches of mini macs for the class party...


E had fun at the party... and so did Mom... stick on little RED Smarties and Pretzels... they became my little Rudolf(s)...I tried giving them eyes after this photoshoot... my reindeers morphed into litte piggy with antlers instead...I don't want to see not cool....

macarons

on a more serious note...
Soon we will be singing Auld Lang Syne as 2011 is coming to an end... and so is my post... for the year...  will be back in January 2012. 
I will not be able to blog or blog-hop as often as I would love to.... from next week onwards till early January... coz ~ 
  1. I am baking a gingerbread house to bring to a friend's Christmas Party (I'll upload the photo/s in my FB),
  2. D is coming home from his month long trip I can't wait to hug him...
  3. we will have no internet access by the end of year (perhaps 3 weeks or more) 
  4. and last but not least... we are looking forward to our exciting BIG move... not far ... less than 2 km away.
If you miss me... and wanted to find out what I am up to (nothing naughty of course... Santa is watching ..tongue) you can find me here (FaceBook) and here (Twitter

With that... I end my 2011 post... with .

Wishing everyone wave

A
Merry Christmas
and
Happy New Year

GOD Bless....praying


Lunar Eclipse ~ 10th December 2012

Till we meet again... in 2012

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Recipe
80g egg white~room temperature
65g castor sugar
80g almond meal
140g icing sugar
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon of mixed spice
Filling
250g Lindt Orange Intense Dark Chocolate
180ml thick cream
50g butter
Preparation ~ 3 days before making macarons ~ separate egg white from yolk. Refrigerate.

Macronage
  1. Egg white at room temperature
  2. Pulse Almond meal with icicng sugar for 5 minutes. Sieve with mixed spice. Set aside.
  3. Mix the egg white and castor sugar in a heatproof bowl.
  4. Making sure that the bowl will snuggly fit the pot, bring the water to boil then lower the heat to a gentle simmer.
  5. Place the bowl on top of the pot, making sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the simmering water... aka double boil method.
  6. Whisk the egg white mixture until the sugar is dissolved and the temperature reads 50-55C on the sugar thermometer.
  7. Transfer the egg mixture into the mixing bowl with the balloon attachment.
  8. Add lemon juice.
  9. Whisk on medium speed until soft peak or 'shaving foam' consistency.
  10. Using a flexible silicon spatula, fold in sieved almond mix into the meringue one third at a time. And start counting the strokes.
  11. Continue to fold until all dry ingredients are fully incorporated and it forms a shiny batter with a thick, ribbon like consistency...
  12. Pour the mixture into a piping bag fitted with 10mm nozzle, and pipe onto prepared baking sheets.
  13. Leave the tray at room temperature for 30 minutes or more until the macarons surface are 'drier' to touch.
  14. Pre heat oven to 150C and bake each tray for 15-20 minutes depending on the oven.
  15. Cool for 10 minutes then carefully peel off the baking sheet.
  16. Leave to cool completely before piping in the filling
Filling
  1. Break the chocolate into small pieces and place them in a heatproof bowl.
  2. Bring the cream to boil and pour into the bowl.
  3. Let it stand for 2 minutes.
  4. Using the whisk ballon, whisk until the mixture is smooth.
  5. Add in butter, and keep stirring until its nice and glossy.
  6. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour (or overnight) then piped the filling onto the shells.
Macarons tasted better...after an overnight refrigeration

Macarons

30 comments:

  1. I am so happy you are feeling better and baking macarons! I'm the one under the weather now...

    These are delightful! Those who get to try homemade macarons are the luckiest ;-).

    Doesn't that make you happier when they have macaron requests?

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  2. Nice recipe!! But I must say, Mango Macarons did make my eyes pop out @_@! I hope you share them some day. Love the photos for these macs, so cute with the pretzels and red nose, with the hse at the back and icing sugar as snow... Picture perfect. Have a great time away with your family and loved ones this holiday... Merry Christmas to you and your family!! =)

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  3. Pretty and festive macarons! What a lovely flavor.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too, dear! Have a great time.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  4. Hi Lisa, wow.... your mac looks so good. Your Rudolf looks so cute and pretty. 2 thumbs up for you..
    Have a nice day

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  5. delicious looking macaroons lovely picture

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  6. Wow ... how adorable are these Rudolf macarons looking a bit shy : )!
    Enjoy your break and have fun!

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  7. Annapet
    awww... get better soon Annapet, dont want to be sick next Sunday.

    Winston
    LOL... I am dreaming of white Chistmas :P

    Rosa
    Merry Xmas Rosa and have a splendid 2012

    Angie
    :D

    Amelia
    Have a nice week :D

    Torviewtoronto
    Thank you :D

    TasteHongKong
    LOL... hence no eyes :P

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  8. Can't wait to try them some weekend!

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  9. Gingerbread sounds like a fabulous flavor for macarons and paired with chocolate and orange...well those were some very lucky classmates!

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  10. These macarons are really perfect for Christmas and I love your cutie Rudolf ones! haha

    Happy moving and Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!! :)

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  11. Very Christmasy! The Rudolfs are so cute!

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  12. I want those reindeer rounds on my tree. Good job girl, your kids are so blessed!

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  13. Looks delicious. Would love for you to share your pictures with us over at foodepix.com.

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  14. Love for food
    :D

    Sylvie
    Thank you :D

    Sylvia
    Merry Christmas to you too :)

    Ann
    Thank you :)

    Pickyin
    :D... Rudolf might be gone, before Santa could even say HoHoHo ;)

    FoodEpix
    Thank you :)

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  15. Pretty macarons! Have a wonderful xmas and new year! See you back in blogging scene soon!

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  16. So beautifull! I havent be able to make macarons yet, but I love looking at yours!
    NIce finding you!
    my-greek-cooking.blogspot.com

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  17. Merry Christmas to you and your family Lisa! Beautiful macarons to celebrate this holiday season. You have a lot going on and I hope you enjoy family time. :-) I'll see you next year!

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  18. such cute macs! Love the ideas :)

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  19. Leemei
    See you soon... Hv a good Xmas n 2012

    Elpiniki
    awww thank you ...:)

    Nami
    Merry Christmas :) and Happy New Year

    Anh
    :D

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  20. Such gorgeous macarons Lisa!!!! I love the sound of the chocolate orange filling!!! My favourite flavour combination.

    Happy holidays to you and your family. :D

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  21. Cute and perfect looking macarons! Beautiful photos as always....Have a Merry Christmas!

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  22. I never knew another Rudolf as cute as these :)

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.

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  23. Jennifer
    Merry Christmas Jennifer and have a wonderful 2012 :D

    To Food with Love
    Merry Christmas to you too :D

    tigerfish
    Have a wonderful Christmas and 2012 :D

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  24. This is just brilliant, Lisa! And those macarons are just perfect!

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  25. These are some of the most gorgeous macarons! So happy to have found your blog through tastespotting. Such a lovely spot this is!

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  26. Lisa this is as stunning as your usual work. I am sharing it on twitter. I don;t have to celebrate Christmas to appreciate your wonderful talent!! :)

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  27. Lisa
    Pwetty macs and oh its been awhile since i use swiss method to bake macs :o(

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  28. Shirley
    Thank you :D

    Freeeatsfood
    :)

    Shulie
    Thanks Shulie

    Rima
    Thank you Rima sifu :)... You are using French or Italian?
    I am giving another go with Italian next...

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  29. Oh Lisa! These are stunning! I love the idea of gingerbread macrons! Yours look just so perfect!

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