But I can’t leave without a Christmas greeting can I? And what better way to do so than with some sweet candy cane macarons. This month, the ladies behind Mactweets gave us a very fitting challenge. “Seasons and Holidays” - a theme we had free reign to interpret as we wished.
take a stand against the usual end of year franticness, I took it easy and picked a tried and true recipe (from Adriano Zumbo, found here at Gourmet Traveller). I did make a couple of changes - instead of dividing the batter and colouring one part red, I used the brush striping technique (as seen on my first Christmas macs a couple of years ago). The macarons were piped in the usual round shape instead of candy cane shapes suggested in the recipe. For the filling, I already had some chocolate ganache on hand, so I melted down a candy cane and added that to the ganache along with a drop or two of peppermint oil.
I do have to come clean though. The other reason I picked this recipe was the fact that it used the more stable Italian method. Usually, I prefer the French method, it’s quicker and yields more delicate macarons (I think). But having suffered a massive fail earlier when attempting to bake a large batch of macarons for Mr. Kitchen Hand to take to work, I needed a confidence boost! I must have calculated the ratios wrong with that batch because the trays of macs looked as if they’d been through an earthquake.
Aaaah...run for the hills!
Don’t worry, none of those failed macs went to waste. I took 250g of the macarons, blitzed them finely in the food processor, then mixed this with 1 egg, 70g plain flour, 90g butter, 90g creme fraiche and 1 tsp baking powder. Ta-dah! The “Failed Macaron Cake” was born. To ice, I simply melted some white chocolate, let it cool a little, then beat it into butter and icing sugar. Sorry, no measurements, I was just flying blind.
The cake went down very well, and my dear friend K insists I find another name for it as she thinks “Failed Macaron Cake” doesn’t do it justice :) And speaking of friends, to all of you out there in blog land, however you are celebrating (or not celebrating) this Christmas, have a safe and happy holiday, may you be surrounded by the people you love.
See you after the break, I should be back (if all things work out) on Daring Bakers reveal day.
Gratuitous photo of the MCs. They'd decided they wanted freckles, if you look closely, they've given themselves some with the aid of a texta!
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night"