I know it’s been a while since I last posted and I am very sorry. I’m not a lazy blogger or anything, it just gets a little difficult sometimes with school (especially in grade 11!), assessment and sport. I can’t say that it was the most enjoyable first term because, quite truthfully, it was one of the hardest. But you can only go up from here, right? Right (hopefully).Macarons have never been easy for me. If you read my previous post on the Mocha Chocolate Cake + Mocha Macarons, I explain the common misconceptions vs. truths and some tips to achieve the perfect macarons. Please keep in mind that mine are not at ‘French patisserie’ level yet, and I’m still working on consistency and perfecting the feet so I am no expert!If you’ve been following me closely, you may know that it was Beyond Our Sky’s first anniversary on March 24th, but I did not have time to make a cake and complete a celebration post in time for that specific day! I made an oreo/cookies and cream cake last week, but I was not confident with the pictures and thought it was best not to post it. I do have another cake planned however, which should come out by the end of next week (if it turns out, that is). And on a another note, I turned 16 a few weeks ago!!! I’m not a “15 year old blogger” anymore but a “16 year old blogger”. Wow, shocking I know. I don’t feel any older or more mature, I still feel like a “kid” I was 5 years ago to be honest. It’s not really a new age (or year), new me situation.
But each day as get older, grade 12 becomes closer and I will actually have to decide what career I want to pursue. Of course, I have thought about it; everyday in fact. And it scares me to be honest, the idea of doing the same thing for the rest of your life. I can’t keep avoiding though it because it naturally comes, I can’t stop time nor can anyone. I can’t stop growing up. I have so many, so so many things I want to achieve but I’m worried that I won’t do it time. I watched this Ted Talk (find it here!) about gaining control of your free time, and the message which really stood out to me was: by saying you don’t have enough time simply means that it is not your priority. I have so many ideas for blogging/video projects…but I haven’t even started putting them into action. Probably because they’re not my priority at the moment since I need to finish school first. But there is this one thing however, that I want to complete by the end of the year and I don’t want to tell you about it yet. I can’t stop thinking about it and if I put the hard work in – it will be a huge accomplishment!
So these macarons are probably the best ones I’ve made (even though bright pink is not my favourite colour any more). The sweetness of the white chocolate ganache is balanced by the raspberry jam-like filling. I think my photography is improving as well, and I hope to do a tutorial one day on how I take my photos i.e. the lighting, angles, editing etc. Stay tuned! x
White Chocolate and Raspberry Macarons
I used Ann Reardon’s recipe for the shells and made a few adjustments. You can make the shells any colour you prefer, but do not use liquid food colouring! And since macarons are a bit finicky, I suggest reading my previous post for some hints and tips!
White Chocolate Ganache
- 200g good quality white chocolate, chopped (I suggest one that is not overly sweet)
- 100g heavy/thickened cream
- Microwave method: In a microwave safe bowl, add the chopped chocolate and pour over the cream. Microwave on high at 30 seconds intervals, stirring well in between until everything has melted (if there are small lumps of chocolate, only microwave for 10 seconds).
Stove top method: Place the chocolate into a bowl – set aside. In a small saucepan, bring the cream to a simmer (almost boiling). Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and allow to sit for 1 minute. Then mix gently until smooth and chocolate has melted.
- Once you have made the ganache, allow it to thicken at room temperature for 2-3 hours, or refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- 1 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
- 4 tablespoons of water
- 35g sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons cornflour
- In a saucepan, combine the raspberries, 3 tablespoons of water, sugar and lemon juice. Bring to boil, stirring occasionally and crushing the berries with the back of a spoon.
- Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until the berries have broken down. Remove the mixture from the heat and strain through a fine-mesh sieve. Return the strained mixture to the heat.
- Dissolve the cornflour in the remaining 1 tablespoons of water. Whisk the slurry into the raspberry mixture.
- Bring the mixture back to a boil and whisk continuously for 1-2 more minutes until thickened. Remove from heat and transfer into a bowl. Then refrigerate to cool completely until ready to assemble.
- 220g icing sugar
- 120g almond meal
- 120g or 4 egg whites, at room temperature
- 80g caster sugar
- Pink gel food colouring, optional (I used Wilton Pink)
- In a food processor, combine the icing sugar and almond meal. Process until smooth and there are no obvious lumps. Alternatively, sift the ingredients 3 times using a coarse sieve. Set aside
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the egg whites and whip to soft peaks. Gradually add the sugar in a steady stream and whip to stiff peaks. It should appear be very glossy and if you turn the bowl upside down, no meringue should fall out.
- Add the dry ingredients into the meringue mixture and fold until it reaches a “lava-like” consistency. It should fall of your spatula and disappear into the batter in about 10 seconds.
- Transfer mixture into a piping bag fitted with a 1cm-round nozzle (I used the Wilton #2A). Pipe macarons shells approximately 2-3cm in size onto a lined baking tray (optional: use this template). Make sure you leave about 3cm of space in between each one as they will flaten.
- Bang the tray the 3 times on the bench to remove any air bubbles. Let macaron shells sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to 1 hour to form a dry skin.
- Bake in preheated oven at 160° C 10-12 minutes.
- Allow to cool completely on baking tray then transfer onto wire rack.
- Pair the macaron shells with ones of similar size. Paint one side with more food colouring in any preferred design.
- Transfer thickened ganache into a piping bag fitted with a small round nozzle (I used the Wilton #12). And transfer the raspberry filling into a piping bag with a small corner cut off (piping tip is not needed!)
- Pipe the thickened ganache in a circle close to the edge of the shell (like a donut) and fill the hole with raspberry filling, then sandwich together with matching shell. Repeat with remaining shells to complete the macarons. Then serve and enjoy!