Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Macarons for the holidays
I almost forgot about my sweet macarons. Between the sports treats and halloween goodies, they slipped off of my radar.
These little cuties are chocolate peppermint macarons, featuring crushed peppermint candy on the top and chocolate buttercream in the center. If you are a mint/chocolate fan *Isabelle,cough*, you would find these to be delightful.
I have a new secret method to making my macarons - sifting the almond meal. Wow, what a difference that makes in terms of fewer bumps on the tops. Hmmmm, I wonder if I was the only one who didn't know the secret. Well, it's out of the bag now.
My second baking session is what I call the angel macaron.
This is a vanilla cookie with white food coloring added (to make it look more angelic) and vanilla buttercream tinted a gentle aqua blue.
I added matching blue pearl dragees to the tops. I really wasn't sure how the dragees would do in the cooking process on such a light and delicate batter, and some of them did in fact sink into the top crust. Overall, I was pleased with the look - very heavenly!
If you haven't given macarons a try, I would encourage you to give it a whirl (yes TRISH, I am speaking to you!). The worst thing that can happen is they crack a bit on the top or don't have their "feet", but they will still be delicious and special and just the thing for a holiday gathering or tea party.
I am glad they are back on my radar!
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