Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Strawberry Macaron with Chocolate Ganache








 

I used to dislike marcaron, too sweet for my liking so I never thought of learning to bake. Until 1 yr plus ago, I tasted the macarons from one of my ex-colleague's sister-in-law which she make to sell, the sweetness of the macarons were acceptable to me. But still, I didn't think of embark on it as I heard a lot of people commenting is difficult, so this back me out, timid me lor lol. Then until tasted Irene's macarons sometimes ago during one of the gathering, I started to like macarons as it is not as sweet as my memory is, and I love the crispy outer and chewy inner texture. So from there onwards, I decided I that hould try it someday. Well, the someday waited till 2 weeks ago hahaha....

Initially I was thinking to use Irene's recipe since I love her macarons but at the end, I decided to use Ann's recipe as she has pictures shown and more detail instruction which is good for green horn like me keekeekee... And also both of their recipes seem quite alike. 

Indeed Ann's pictures and detail steps really helps a lot, my 1st time success must thanks to her! If you are keen to make macarons but no courage to proceed like I used to be, give it a try and follow Ann's instruction, you will be able to make it! 

Although my macaron shells have a "peak" point instead of even and smooth surface (due to the thick batter), but I am so happy with the result. I was planning to make many many variation of macarons after the success but still have yet to make it happen, hope my passion will stay still hahaha



Recipe adapted from Anncoo Journal


Ingredients for macaron shells : yield about 50 shells for the size of 35mm
74g ground almond (I used superfine almond powder from Phoon Huat)
6g strawberry powder
80g icing sugar

60g Egg white
80g Icing sugar



Ingredients for chocolate ganache :
100g 60% couverture chocolate 
60g whipping cream


* boil the whipping cream and add the couverture chocolate and stir till melt and mix well. Set aside to cool.




Method:

1. Sieve ground almond, strawberry powder and icing sugar twice. (the sieving takes a bit more patience for almond powder as it is not easy to sieve, sometimes need to use spoon to stir or press to let it go through the sieve) 


2. Beat egg white until foamy and sieve icing sugar in batches then change to high speed and beat till peak form (thick and glossy). You may beat egg white to stiffer peak if you prefer a thicker marcaron. (while typing, I know why my batter is so thick hahaha... the problem of me that always didn't read the instruction carefully :p, I whisked the egg whites till very stiff)


3.   Then sieve (again) dry ingredients into egg white in two batches and fold mixture well thoroughly with a rubber spatula. (I skip the sieve, too lazy to do that :P)

4. Add batter into piping bag with nozzle tip #1A attached. Then pipe small circles on non-stick baking sheet. (When piping macarons, hold bag straight up from the sheet, with the tip close to the baking sheet. The batter will push itself out in a perfect circle). (mine didn't as the batter is too thick, difficult to pipe)

5.  Once piped use a toothpick to prick any air bubbles that appear. Dry the macaron shells for 30 minutes at room temperature.

6. Preheat oven at 150 degree for 10 minutes. Then bake macaron shells at centre rack with one empty tray placing at the lower rack. This is to avoid excess heat burning the base of the marcaron shells. The feet will start to appear in about 3 minutes.

7. Remove the (hot) empty rack and place another empty rack on top of the macaron shells and bake for another 5-8 minutes. (I need to bake another 2-3 mins longer, probably till to the thick batter)

8. You can test if they are done by touching the tip of a macaron, if its wobbles they are not done. When baking is complete, the shell should not stick to the tray. Put them back to oven for a couple of minutes if you have difficulties removing them from the baking sheet.  

9. Leave the macaron shells to cool on the cooling rack. You can store them in an airtight container and refrigerate it until you're ready to use them.

10. Pipe cream of your choice onto one macaron shell and sandwich with another half.


Verdict?
The macaron tasted great, when I let my boss tried, he said he has high standard so the macarons better be nice. so what is his verdict? very nice! hahahaha.... everyone given thumbs up and my kids love it :D.






I am submitting this post to Bake-Along : French Macaron hosted by  JoyceLena and Zoe.

24 comments:

  1. Hi Jess,
    We think alike. I was hesitated to try to baked macroon too due to the sweetness.
    I think I must try it. Yours looks so pretty in that strawberry red.
    Like like like!!!!
    mui

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    1. ya lor, thats why took me so long to embark on it lol.

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  2. pink pink colour,浪漫的feel。

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  3. hellosweetdessert.wordpress.comNovember 12, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    nice macaron.

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  4. Hi Jessie,

    This is your first successful macaron baking and you baked them so well. I'm sure you will bake many more in the future :D

    Zoe

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  5. don't strawberry and chocolate pair off so well? i love the marriage of the colours here as well..your macaron looks goooooooodddd

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  6. Jess, I have not even tasted macarons yet! Yours look very pretty and I love the colour. Wait lah, I taste first. But right now I feel that I won't attempt it hee..hee...

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  7. 哇哇哇。。。太棒了,第1次做就很成功还的到老板的赞赏哦。你太赞了吔。
    这strawberry macaron的颜色很亮丽,我喜欢极了,所以很感谢你跟我分享了这特别的粉哦(SG买不到咯)。嘻嘻~~

    那个“peak”我认为应该是因为piping时的手势,下次在pipe到尾端时尽量放慢再轻轻拉起就ok的。再试试吧,加油哦!

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    1. Irene, never mind, next yr will get my friend to buy again when she is back to Taiwan during CNY heeheehee...
      thanks for the tips, I will try it next time :D

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  8. Jess,you know what?I love pink...anything in pink,and I in love with your pretty pinky pinky macaroons...send some for me..hahaha

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    1. Fion, I dun like pink last time, but now is my favourite color cos of my daughter hahahah

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  9. Your photo looks so festive! A perfect treat for this Christmas!

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  10. Hi Jess,Your macarons look very sweet with the pinkish colour. Give you 5 stars ***** for it :D
    Thanks for your mention.

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    1. Thanks Ann for your clear instructions :D

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  11. 非常浪漫的粉红色马卡龙, 很美很美!

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  12. Lovely. My daughter loves macarons but I haven't get a chance to try baking it.

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    1. Grace, go give it a try, it is not as difficult, I am sure you can make it too.

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  13. Those macarons look so darling and I just love the chocolate filling, it's so decadent. Thanks for sharing the recipe

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  14. Your macarons are perfect! You have done well, seeing this is your first time!
    I would like to improve on mine too, but it will be awhile till I bake the next one, as macarons are really sweet!
    Thanks for baking along with us!

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  15. good morning jess, you hv made yourself proud by making these lovely pink macarons! Like you, i hope my passion baking macarons stays at least for some time being! thanks for your participation!

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  16. I baked macarons before..well, tasty for sure, but too SWEET for me too. I love the add of strawberry powder..gorgeous colour.

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  17. 好厉害哦,而且颜色好好看,很鲜艳很美丽

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