Macattack 10 : Movie Magic Macarons

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

 Guess who?

I can’t recall the first movie I ever watched, but I can definitely remember the thrill of going to the cinemas. The memories of red velour flip-flap seats that had a tendency to clip the inexperienced user on the bottom, and carpets that crunched underfoot from discarded melon seed (kuaci) shells still spring easily to mind. Not forgetting the excitement I felt as the curtains parted to reveal the big screen, and the odd scary distraction - cockroaches scurrying away from the light when the feature started. This was movie watching as I knew it, in Malaysia over 25 years ago.

The chairs have gotten comfier since then, I’m no longer too short for the seat (only just), and cockroaches are a rarer occurrence, but the magic still prevails.


So I approached this month’s Macattack 10 with much excitement, although it took a long time to decide which movie to pick, I had too many favourites. But based on the number of times we’ve watched it, and how often we reference it in family conversations, and amount of paraphernalia owned, Star Wars turned out to be the obvious choice. (edit: when I say Star Wars, I really mean ep IV, V and VI. Sorry Mr. Lucas, we watched ep I and couldn't go near II and III)

Yes, I went there - please accept these Yoda macarons. The shells were flavoured with green tea powder, and the filling is a white chocolate/sour cream ganache. I painted the features onto the macaron shells while they were drying (before baking), using some very lightly diluted gel colouring (a mix of brown and green). (edit: I piped circles from a 1/4 in tip for the faces, and freehanded ears using a piping bag made from baking paper with the end snipped off.) I was aiming for Yoda, but they do look a little like Shrek. Ah well, at least that’s a movie too ☺



The recipe is based on the Italian meringue method, and is from Adriano Zumbo (here’s the link, I made 2/3 the amount and added about a teaspoon of green tea powder to the almond meal mix). I thought I’d also share some of the things I do when making macarons, which may or may not help in the process:

1) Dry the almond meal in a low oven and let it cool before using. Don’t let it brown, it’s just to remove any excess moisture. Start with room temp egg whites.

2) Process the almond meal and icing sugar in a food processor, then sift well. If you look at the recipe, it calls for equal parts icing sugar and almond meal. I’d made up a big batch last time round, then stored the excess in an airtight container at room temperature. I used this mixture with a little bit more added to make up the correct amount.

3) When I made the sugar syrup for the meringue this time, I didn’t use a sugar thermometer, I just cooked the sugar until it reached firm ball stage.



4) I used the baking method described in my last mac attempts : preheat the oven to about 190˚C – 200˚C . When hot, place the macs on the oven rack 2/3 of the way down, then turn off the oven for about 6-7 minutes. Once the macarons have risen and show feet, turn the tray if necessary, switch oven back on to about 150˚C. Bake until firm. To test, touch the macaron, the tops should feel dry and solid, and it doesn’t wobble on the feet. If it moves, bake for 1 or 2 minutes more until firm.

5) Let cool on the tray, peel carefully off the baking paper (I line my trays with baking paper)

For the ganache, I put about 70g white chocolate and 3 heaped tablespoonfuls of sour cream in a microwave safe jug and gave it a quick turn in the microwave. I stirred it well then stored it in the fridge (covered) overnight. The texture is very slightly grainy but melts easily on the tongue. I really liked it because it wasn’t too sweet.

A stack of the clones

Thanks for sharing my adventures in macaron land again. Don’t forget, if you live in Australia, you have until midnight tonight to leave a comment here and stand a chance to sample some chocolate biscuits.

May the force be with you ☺

44 comments:

Anh said...

HAHAH! This is so fun!

morgana said...

Hahahahahaha. Great!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

So cute! I love those macarons.

Cheers,

Rosa

MaryMoh said...

These are so cute! :D Must be so fun to make. Thanks very much for sharing.

Vanille said...

Oh, that's so fun indeed !

Joudie's Mood Food said...

These are very funny and cute. Lovely idea!

chocolatesuze said...

BAHAHHA so cute! love the ears!

Cristie said...

OK, love the Yoda Mac's. This is really too much. My kids would just die to have a Yoda Mac. You win the prize.

Chic Cookies said...

I've seen lots and lots of brilliant macarons... I think these beat them all. Fantastic! I posted a li'l feature today on CraftGossip.com (ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com).

Lora said...

The force was definitely with you on this one. These are just ADORABLE!

grace said...

like these macarons, i do. impressed, i am. :)

Linda V @ Bubble and Sweet said...

These are so great, totally look like Yoda not shrek, my husband and his brother would just love them.

Hungry Dog said...

Shaz! These are awesome. Never thought I would hear "Yoda" and "macaron" in the same sentence but here you've shown me it can be done. They are adorable.

Cath @ Moo-Lolly-Bar said...

These macarons look divine. Any chance of sending some to the Sunshine Coast :)

3 hungry tummies said...

Haha and that strange musky smell of the cinema too lol
I am loving the yoda macarons! I am glad they like the hainanese pork :)

Mei Teng said...

I like your take on the classic macarons! This would be a definite fav with kids.

Garcon de Croissant said...

These Yoda/Shrek macarons are fun! I've been wanting to bake macarons but they look a bit too intimidating.

shaz said...

Thank you so much everyone for all the wonderful comments. They've really made my day :)

Barbara Bakes said...

These are so fun! I love that you piped the ears and painted on faces. Definitely more Yoda than Shrek.

Seattle Pastry Girl said...

I love these ! So clever and I love the ears and faces ! Nice job.
Sandy

cookies and cups said...

How great!
I have a yoda cutter but would have never thought to use them for macarons!

cikmanggis said...

haha looks scary muka macarons ni...nanti kena makan:)

Tiffiny Felix said...

I love these! *:)*

Heavenly Housewife said...

OMG. A-MAZE-ING!!!!!!!!!!
You've outdone yourself daaaahling!
*kisses* HH

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Haha Shaz these are brilliant! They look so Yoda like! :o A standing ovation for you!

Cheah said...

Aha, these macarons look sooooo cute!

Cocina Savant said...

What whimsical and perfect macarons. Mr. Yoda would be proud.

shaz said...

Thanks again folks! Btw, cookies and cups - I didn't use a cutter, it's just piped circles from a 1/4 in tip for the faces, and freehand ears using a piping bag made from baking paper with the end snipped off.

Deeba PAB said...

Yoda Yoda Yoda ... I L♥ve them to bits. Even better to have a bit of Shrek in them! Woot woot Shaz ... these are beautiful. 2/3rds did you say? I am convinced the next time will be Italian meringue for me. I had another disastrous feetless attack this time... More like The Good,the Bad and the Ugly, or Gone With the Wind - seemed perfect fits for my yummy creatures!!
Thanks for inspiring me to try yet again... and for being such a wonderful part of MacTweets! xo

shaz said...

Oh Deeba, wishing you lots of luck with the next batch. You are the queen of perseverance.

Jamie said...

OMG hysterical! Brilliant! I love love love your Yoda macs! Too perfect and I am thrilled you found your way here with the Mactweets challenge. Wonderful and you get a big hug!

Lisa said...

shaz, you just blew my mind with these macs! Not only a great idea, but WOW, they look just like Yoda. How did you do the ears? Just spread the batter outwards on the sides? I hope I didn't miss anything in reading LOL

Cecilia said...

These are so creative! I've just discovered cooking with matcha powder, and I'm looking forward to making green tea macarons. Thanks for sharing these with us!

shaz said...

Thanks Jamie, Lisa and Cecilia.

Lisa- I piped the faces then piped the ears separately. Thanks for checkin, I edited the post to explain :)

Ken said...

Clever and witty. Nice piping.

Debugcooking said...

Yoda...love them they are so cute...so creative..how did you even manage those little tiny noses?

shaz said...

Thanks again everyone :)

shaz said...

Ps debugcooking - the nose is an accidental peak :)

Fahrenheit 350° said...

Oh you are just too cute! Well done!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

This is adorable! My bf loves star wars, so I know he'll get a kick outta this.

Beth said...

That is the cutest thing I've ever seen. I love it!

shaz said...

Thanks everyone :)

Elizabeth W said...

Hi there! I found your Yoda Macarons post on MacTweets, and thought they were adorable,so that is why I ended up visiting your site!
I would love bake a batch of macarons, perfectly. I have tried to make macarons three times, and can never bake them perfectly- they never develop feet. Do you find that your baking method of turning off and on the oven help the macarons develop feet? Your method sounds interesting, and I am going to try it next time I bake macarons.

shaz said...

Hi ELizabeth! Thanks for visiting. The method isn't really mine, it's from Adriano Zumbo (you can follow the link in the post above to find the recipe).

I've found that the Italian method (where the sugar syrup is boiled), is the one I have most success with. Other tips would be to use very accurate measurements.

But I'm really no expert, if you look on the sidebar of the Mactweets site, there are reference links, amongst them Tartelett(french macaron version) and Melanger, I'd recommend visiting them and reading their how-tos.

Good luck!