Thursday, January 27, 2011

Of Macarons & Meringues



macaron (/mɑːˈkæ rɵŋ/ mah--rhon) : French


The first time I ate macarons was years and years ago.
I was young.
But I can still remember how facinated I was with the colour!

Than during my college days, I read A Doll's House macaroons was mentioned .



Then I tasted Meringue in London.

Well, my sister bought it in Paris and brought it to London for me.

It was plain white/off white.

Not interesting.

Hihihihihihi.

Yesterday, I read this article in Mingguan Wanita.

It is about Datin Nina, the owner of WHISK - Empire Mall.



Then I googled for Macaron recipes.
Just to know how it is made.


Ingredients



175g icing sugar


125g ground almonds


3 large free-range egg whites


75g caster sugar


For the filling


150g butter, softened


75g icing sugar


Method


1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/fan140°C/gas 3.
Whizz the icing sugar and ground almonds in a food processor to a very fine mixture, then sift into a bowl.


2. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites with a pinch of salt to soft peaks, then gradually whisk in the caster sugar until thick and glossy.
(At this point you can stir in flavour extract, such as peppermint or lemon, and corresponding colouring such as blue or yellow, to your meringue mixture, depending on what kind of macaroons you want – see chef's tip. Or divide the meringue among different bowls if you want to make more than one colour.)


3. Fold half the almond and icing sugar mixture into the meringue and mix well.
 Add the remaining half, making sure you use a spatula to cut and fold the mixture until it is shiny and has a thick, ribbon-like consistency as it falls from the spatula.
Spoon into a piping bag fitted with a 1cm plain nozzle.


4. Line 2 baking sheets with baking paper.
Pipe small rounds of the macaroon mixture, about 3cm across, onto the baking sheets.
Give the baking sheets a sharp tap on the work surface to ensure a good ‘foot’.
Leave to stand at room temperature for 10-15 minutes to form a slight skin.
This is important – you should be able to touch them lightly without any mixture sticking to your finger. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool.


5. Meanwhile, make the filling/s (unless making chocolate macaroons – see chef's tip).
 In a bowl, beat the butter until light and fluffy, then beat in the icing sugar.
(You can now add flavouring or nuts, and colour – see chef's tip.)
Use to sandwich pairs of macaroons together.


Nutritional info


Per macaron:
160kcals,
9.7g fat (4.2g saturated),
1.8g protein,
17.5g carbs,
16.4g sugar,
0.2g salt






Chef's tip


Macarons taste wonderful plain, but why not add flavouring and colouring?
Flavour extracts – such as raspberry, lemon and peppermint – and colourings are available in supermarkets and cake shops.
Try squires-shop.com to buy online.
To flavour and colour your macaroons, in step 2, add around ½ tsp flavour extract, then add the appropriate colouring, a drop at a time, until you reach the desired intensity. Flavour and colour the buttercream in the same way.
For chocolate macarons, replace a quarter of the icing sugar with cocoa powder and use Nutella as the filling.
For pistachio macarons, replace half the ground almonds with ground pistachios (whizz in a blender or finely chop by hand), and use green food colouring to achieve a pastel green. Fold chopped pistachios through the filling, if you like.

[taken from http://www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk]


Errr...I think I  will stick to Truffles and Pralines for this month and next.


2 comments:

Emon. said...

how actually macaroons taste like? I am very2 tempted to try them :)

SiZ said...

Hola Emon.

macaroons are very sweet. hence , i can't really eat more than err...4 at one go.

it is like cotton candy sweet , but firmer and has flavours like peanut butter, rasberry pistachio and more! do try . you will love it!

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