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 ...
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...
Lindt Orange Intense Dark Chocolate Ganachephew ... lucky it is not Strike 3!!! If it is ...then there will no macarons at all for the party ....hehehe... poor E...
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... not cool....
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 ~
- I am baking a gingerbread house to bring to a friend's Christmas Party (I'll upload the photo/s in my FB),
- D is coming home from his month long trip I can't wait to hug him...
- we will have no internet access by the end of year (perhaps 3 weeks or more)
- 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 ..) you can find me here (FaceBook) and here (Twitter)
With that... I end my 2011 post... with .
Happy New Year
|Lunar Eclipse ~ 10th December 2012|
Till we meet again... in 2012
80g egg white~room temperature65g castor sugar80g almond meal140g icing sugar1/2 teaspoon lemon juice1 teaspoon of mixed spice
250g Lindt Orange Intense Dark Chocolate180ml thick cream50g butter
Preparation ~ 3 days before making macarons ~ separate egg white from yolk. Refrigerate.
- Egg white at room temperature
- Pulse Almond meal with icicng sugar for 5 minutes. Sieve with mixed spice. Set aside.
- Mix the egg white and castor sugar in a heatproof bowl.
- Making sure that the bowl will snuggly fit the pot, bring the water to boil then lower the heat to a gentle simmer.
- 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.
- Whisk the egg white mixture until the sugar is dissolved and the temperature reads 50-55C on the sugar thermometer.
- Transfer the egg mixture into the mixing bowl with the balloon attachment.
- Add lemon juice.
- Whisk on medium speed until soft peak or 'shaving foam' consistency.
- Using a flexible silicon spatula, fold in sieved almond mix into the meringue one third at a time. And start counting the strokes.
- Continue to fold until all dry ingredients are fully incorporated and it forms a shiny batter with a thick, ribbon like consistency...
- Pour the mixture into a piping bag fitted with 10mm nozzle, and pipe onto prepared baking sheets.
- Leave the tray at room temperature for 30 minutes or more until the macarons surface are 'drier' to touch.
- Pre heat oven to 150C and bake each tray for 15-20 minutes depending on the oven.
- Cool for 10 minutes then carefully peel off the baking sheet.
- Leave to cool completely before piping in the filling
- Break the chocolate into small pieces and place them in a heatproof bowl.
- Bring the cream to boil and pour into the bowl.
- Let it stand for 2 minutes.
- Using the whisk ballon, whisk until the mixture is smooth.
- Add in butter, and keep stirring until its nice and glossy.
- Refrigerate for at least 1 hour (or overnight) then piped the filling onto the shells.
Macarons tasted better...after an overnight refrigeration