Beary Chocolate Macarons

Beary Chocolate Macarons

Hiya!

I love a good challenge, not from someone else but I like to challenge myself! I also love kawaii things. I’ve seen many teddy bear head macarons but I really wanted to make a whole teddy. So I played around and tried a couple chocolate macaron recipes and drew my own teddy macaron template and you know what, I’m really pleased with how they turned out!

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I couldn’t decide between arms on the side or arms on top so I ended up doing a few of each. I piped two batches of macarons and strangely the first batch came out best. It is essential that the base shape has formed a skin, ready to go into the oven, before you add the tails to the backs and the arms to the front, otherwise it does not keep its shape & will just be absorbed by the base shape.

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Chocolate Macaron Recipe

50g egg whites (aged 24 hours)

pinch of salt

45g caster sugar

65g ground almonds

60g icing sugar

5g cocoa powder

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Remove the ages egg whites from the fridge.

Sieve the ground almonds ensuring you get 65g of almonds through the sieve. Keep the larger bits for another project. Next sieve the icing sugar & cocoa. Mix it together until evenly distributed.

Ensure the bowl you are going to whip your eggs in is very clean. Wipe it out with lemon juice & some paper towel.

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Usuing a handheld beater whip the eggs. When they start getting foamy add a pinch of salt. Continue to whip until you can see trails in the bowl, gradually add the caster sugar. Continue to whip until stiff peaks form. No colours are required for chocolate macarons as the cocoa powder will colour it brown.

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Fold in 1/3 of the almond/icing sugar/cocoa mixture at a time. Fold gently to avoid flattening the mixture too much.

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Once your mixture has combined and flows off the spatula in a ribbon like way & honey like consistency, it is ready to pipe. It should not drop off the spatula.

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Place your template under the parchment paper or silpat mat and pipe your macarons. I found that turning my silpat mat upside down made it easier to see my template below.

Rap the tray on the table 3 or 4 times before allowing your macarons to rest for 30 mins & form a skin.

Place the oven shelf on the lowest rung and remove any other shelves. Preheat the oven to 160°C.

Bake the macarons for 12-14 mins depending on their size. Test if they are done by touching the side of one, it should not wobble.

Allow to cool on the tray.

This is the link to my Buttercream recipe. The quantities I used are:

50g butter

100g icing sugar

1TBS Nutella

1TBS caramel

I made American buttercream and divided it in half before flavouring half with Nutella and the other half with caramel.

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Pipe the buttercream onto the backs of the teddies and match up with a front. I used pink and black edible markers to draw the faces.

I hope you think they’re as cute as I do. I packaged them up nicely & gave them as gifts to my kids teachers.

Cxx

Easter Bunny & Carrot Macarons

Easter Bunny & Carrot Macarons

Hiya!

I am so excited about this post as I have been obsessed with/ practicing macarons for about the last year. I’ve tried Italian and French methods and many different recipes and I’ve finally found what works for me and I thought I’d share it with you.

I came across an amazing macaron blog, with full written tutorials and videos and I have to say that if you follow the recipe to a T, you will be able to make macarons! It’s called Indulge with Mimi and you have to check her out!

While all the details Mimi gives are very important to making beautiful macarons, the top tips I’ve taken away are:

1) Use a handheld beater. I really battled to get the meringue stiff enough in my big Kenwood mixer and my guess is that the bowl is too big and the egg whites were too shallow to beat up stiff enough for what you need. My little, very old handheld beater did it in about 6 mins.

2) Beat the meringue until very stiff, so that when you stop beating it clumps inside the whisk.

3) Practice and test your oven. Every oven is different. I’ve discovered I get the best results if I remove all trays & racks except the one I’m using and it needs to be on the lowest rung.

I hope you will be inspired to take a look at Mimi’s blog, she is an encyclopedia of invaluable knowledge about macron making and I was definitely successful in following it all. Below I’ve rewritten the recipe but there are too many important tips on her blog to fit onto 1 of my posts so check her out.

French Macaron Recipe (makes 12 macarons)

50g aged egg whites

45g caster sugar

65g icing sugar

65g ground almonds

a pinch of salt

Gel food colouring

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Ensure your bowl is oil free as egg whites will not whip up if there is any oil or water in the bowl. Age egg whites for at least 24 hours.

Download or draw templates to place under parchment paper to pipe your macarons all the same size.

Sieve ground almonds into a medium sized bowl, discarding any that do not go through the sieve. Sieve icing sugar, ensuring no hard lumps. Mix together well.

Start to whisk room temperature aged egg whites until foamy. Add pinch of salt.

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Continue whisking until trails form. Add caster sugar 1/3 at a time.

Once all incorporated add food colouring. A little goes a long way but keep in mind that it will get paler when combined with the ground almonds & icing sugar.

 

Whisk until stiff peaks and when meringue clumps in the whisk when you stop. About 6 mins by my handheld beater.

Gently fold in 1/3 almond mixture and then fold in the rest. Be gentle folding but going through the middle every few folds. You need some air in the meringue to create the feet while baking.

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Once you reach a lava/honey/ribbon state stop mixing. The mixture should flow off the spatula not drop but should not be runny or when you pipe the macarons you’ll end up with one giant macaron tray! (I have done this, still edible but NOT pretty!)

 

Gently pour the batter into a piping bag and pipe to the size of your template. Remove the template from under the parchment paper and rap the tray on the table a few times to remove any large air bubbles that will cause your macarons to crack when they bake.

Leave to sit for about 30mins until a skin has formed, they should look matte and you can touch one & nothing sticks to your finger.

Preheat your oven to 160°C and bake for 12-14 mins. While you are new to this watch them carefully and keep an eye on your ovens temperature. Using an oven thermometer inside the oven can help you check that your oven doesn’t increase or decrease temp without you knowing.

Remove from the oven and tap a macaron shell, it should be firm and not wobble. If you can peel it off the parchment paper in one piece, they’re done. If not put them back for another minute.

Allow to cool on the tray before filling with buttercream or whatever filling you prefer. I decorated my macarons with edible food markers and a few sprinkles. My bunnies and carrots were filled with caramel buttercream and they went down a treat. Videos of this are on my Instagram & Facebook.

Store filled macarons in the fridge but return to room temperature before eating.

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I hope you give these a try and enjoy the process. Have a super Easter!

Cxx