Making a swift egg-xit

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Brace yourself, there are more egg-sellent puns ahead ;P



We’re about to head off camping again. Seems as if we’d only just got back from the last trip, but we thought we’d fit in a last hurrah before it gets too cold.

But before I leave, here’s my post for Mactweets : MacAttack 6. The idea was to make macarons influenced by an April holiday.

Instead of a specific day, I’ve decided to celebrate the egg. Not only do eggs feature at Easter time, they pop up in other festivals and celebrations too. This humble little orb is often laden with symbolism and is used in both pagan and religious ceremonies.

Not convinced? Well then, I’ve also discovered that April 16this National Eggs Benedict Day (in the US).

And of course, macarons are possible thanks to the eggs-traordinary behaviour of egg-white proteins. 

So here’s my Egg-macaron - the shells are egg flavoured :D and the filling is a dark/milk chocolate ganache.



It has been very egg-citing sharing my little Mactweet with you but now I must make my eg(g)ress.

Have a great weekend. Don’t fret if you leave a comment here and it doesn’t seem to appear for awhile- there’s no mobile phone reception where we’re headed.

See ya real soon! Got to go pack some eggs.


Egg macarons:

I made a French macaron using the following ratios: 67g egg whites (two whites), 80g almond meal, 20g caster  sugar, and about 130g  pure icing sugar.
There’s a little tutorial with photos on the Mactweets site if you’d like to know how to put a mac together.
I set aside a little of the batter and tinted it yellow, then piped small dollops onto the tops of the larger macarons to make it look egg-like.


For the ganache
200g dark chocolate
200g milk chocoalate
250 ml thick cream (that’s all I had on hand).

Chop the chocolate into very small pieces and place is a large heat-proof bowl. In a separate saucepan, scald the cream then pour the hot cream over the chocolate. Let sit for about a minute then stir very well until the chocolate has melted and the ganache is shiny. Place in fridge if things need to be speeded up a little, but return ganache to room temperature before using.

This makes quite a lot of ganache (I needed it for something else), so adjust quantities as necessary.

23 comments:

Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite said...

So fun! I loved this month's theme - had a lot of fun with it myself though I did not get to use any eggselent puns ;-)

Deeba PAB said...

Awww C U T E!! Love 'em eggs! Eggcelent macs Shaz and wonderful to feast on some while you enjoy the camp. Have a fun trip, be safe and come back soon with eggciting stories! Thanks for being so adventurous and creative this April. We love having you at MacTweets! xo

MaryMoh said...

Wow...these look really cute!

Anh said...

Very cool!! I want to try to make some macs, soon!

Cecilia said...

Your Egg-aroons are so awesome! Love them!

Trissa said...

These are sooo adorable! Happy Easter and enjoy camping!

Jamie said...

Oh these are brilliant! I love them! You are so clever and creative and I wish I could hold one of these beauties in my hand! This would also go over well for an April Fool's Day theme, too. Excellent mac work, you genius!

grace said...

boy, i love a good pun or 14. :)
you and your camping--you folks are camp-aholics! good for you, both for taking advantage of outdoor opportunities and for coming up with a really adorable and clever treat.

Heavenly Housewife said...

Wow, this is incredibly clever, positively inspired. Great job daaaahling!
*kisses* HH

Hungry Dog said...

shaz, you are crazy-creative. I'm always knocked out by the execution of your visions! Plus I'd like to eat them. Have a great weekend away!

msmeanie said...

WOW. That is TOO cute. Very creative! Have fun camping!

Kathleen said...

These are adorable! You're a very clever chef!

Barbara said...

How cute is that?
Love it Shaz, eggzactly!

Y said...

Ooh, clever, and ridiculously cute :)

The Cooking Photographer said...

Hi Shaz,

Lol cute! I'm all about the punny. Egg macs are cool! So anyway now I'll have to celebrate National Eggs Benedict Day. A holiday I had no idea existed!

Have fun camping.

Laura

Barbara Bakes said...

These are so unbelievably creative and cute!

pierre said...

funny cooking !! I love it !! pIerre

Kitchen Butterfly said...

What an excellent and stunning idea. The Maceggs looks superb....Have a great trip!

shaz said...

Thanks all, your comments are very heart warming :) Juts got back and about to hit the sack so pardon the lack of individual replies

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Hehe that is SO clever! I love your egg macarons Shaz! Have fun camping :D

Marcellina said...

How gorgeous! Your egg macarons are wonderful! Hope you had a great time camping and everyone enjoyed you macarons!

Bonnie said...

Wow, Wow,Wow!!!!!! These are egg-cellent.

Lisa said...

shaz..what an absolutely brilliant idea!! Not only are they adorable..I'm thinking egg gerbets, but they are no doubt yummy! A++++++ for creativity and presentation :D