Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Macarons with Earl Grey Chocolate Ganache

I was in the mood of making some macarons as I had some stale egg whites in the fridge. It's been a while since I made these little treats. Although they are really sweet, it's nice to have a few with a cup of hot tea. I decided this time round to add a variety of colours for a change and sandwich them with a chocolate ganache that is infused with earl grey tea leaves. In fact you can use other types of tea leaves such as lavendar, chai or mint if you don't fancy earl grey.



Macaroons with Earl Grey Chocolate Ganache
(makes about 60 shells)

Ingredients:

90g egg whites, about 3 eggs
70g fine castor sugar
120g icing sugar
90g finely ground almonds

Method:

1) For the whites: the day before (24hrs), separate your eggs and store the whites at room temperature in a covered container. If you want to use 48hrs (or more) egg whites, you can store them in the fridge. Bring egg whites to room temperature before using.

2) Sift icing sugar and ground almonds into a bowl.

3) In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, place egg whites into the bowl and whisk until frothy (about 1 minute).

4) Add half the sugar and continue to whisk on medium speed for another minute.

5) Add the remaining sugar and whisk on medium speed until it resembles soft peak meringue peaks. The meringue should have a glossy look to it. Add in the food colouring of your choice and whisk briefly to blend in the colours. Detach mixing bowl from machine.

6) Fold in half the dry ingredients using a spatula. Fold from below of the bowl to upwards in an 8 shape formation.

7) Add in the remaining dry ingredients and fold until mixed. Do not over-mix your batter.

8) Put mixture into a piping bag and pipe big rounds of about 1 1/2" circles onto parchment lined baking trays. Make sure that you leave sufficient space in-between each.

9) Bake for about 10 mins in a pre-heated oven of 160C.

10) Once baked and if you are not using them right away, store them in an airtight container out of the fridge for a couple of days or in the freezer. To fill: pipe or spoon about 1 tablespoon of ganache in the center of one shell and top with another one.

Earl Grey Chocolate Ganache

275g thickened cream
45g glucose (can be omitted)
250g Pur Caribe chocolate 66%
12g earl grey tea leaves
50g unsalted cold butter

Method:

1) Place chocolate in a metal bowl and place it over a saucepan of simmering water. Ensure that the base of the bowl does not touch the water. Stir the chocolate until it has melted.

2) In the meantime place thickened cream in a saucepan and place over a medium heat. Once it starts to simmer remove from fire. Pour cream over the tea leaves and glucose. Cover the bowl with a plate to insure the mixture for about a minute.

3) Strain the thickened cream and pour a bit over the chocolate. Stir the chocolate mixture and then slowly pour in the remaining cream.

4) Add in the butter and using a hand-held blender, blend the chocolate mixture until it becomes a smooth and glossy ganache.

5) Place mixture in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes until it is easy to pipe.



11 comments:

The Duo Dishes said...

We should try to make a macaron, although they seem tricky. Great photos, as usual.

Karine said...

They look so cute!

Ellie said...

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edith said...

These looks to good to miss. How I wish I can bake some like yours. Yum yum.

edith said...

These looks to good to miss. How I wish I can bake some like yours. Yum yum.

Sophie said...

Your macaroons with the Earl Grey Chocolate filling look so fabulous!!

I bet they tasted fab!

pigpigscorner said...

They look perfect! Can't wait to mkae macarons again. The earl grey choc ganache sounds interesting.

Justin said...

earl gray chocolate ganache sounds like heaven

Karen said...

Wow your macarons look great! I, myself have yet to overcome the fear and tackle them lol

Deborah said...

I really want to try making these one day. I love all of the colors!

The Little Teochew said...

Oh my, I would BUY your macarons! In my favourite Earl Grey flavour too! Absolutely stunning.

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