Sunday, 18 August 2013

Bright Macarons

On Friday, some of you may have seen my instgrams of the 80 macarons I was making for an Indian Henna Party. (Night before the wedding)
 
I was up at 7am and it took me until about 3pm to get them all done ! I actually have a blister on my little finger BUT I was really pleased with how they turned out and I hear they were scoffed quite quickly !
 
So I just thought I'd share a few more tips I found out following on from my Perfecting Macarons post.
 
I discovered that only sieving the almonds and icing sugar can result in lumpy tops ! So I sieved mine 3 times !
 
I also used my quantities from the first blog and did about 8 rounds ! I like doing this in case one batch didn't work for some reason. So it's a lot of cleaning but each time I weighed everything out, got the piping bag ready and the baking sheet cut for each of the trays. It definitely paid to be calm, do it slowly and be organised !
 
I also had the pleasure of meeting the amazing pastry chef Claire Clark recently and a good tip from her and available in her book is to add a pinch of cream of tarter to the meringue !
 
So here they are:
 
 
 
I love how they are traffic light colours !
 
Ohh so if you'd like to try the fillings here's the recipes:
 
Green:
 
Mint Chocolate Buttercream
 
140g butter
280g Icing Sugar
2 tbsp Milk
2 heaped tablespoons of cocoa powder (or enough to get the colour right)
3 tsp peppermint essence (do one at a time and taste)
 
I chop the room temperature butter up and pop in mixer. Slowly add icing sugar, mix well. Then add milk. Then flavouring / colouring.
 
Yellow:
 
Lemon Meringue Buttercream
 
140g butter
280g Icing Sugar
2 tbsp Milk
3 tsp Lemon essence (do one at a time and taste)
4 Mini Meringues Crumbled
 
 
Red:
 
Strawberry & White Chocolate Buttercream
 
140g butter
280g Icing Sugar
2 tbsp Milk
80g White chocolate melted
3 tsp Strawberry essense (do one at a time and taste)

 
I made some little signs so the guest knew what the flavours were !


I am sorry but I had to share this... hahaha ! What do they look like !

 
Sorry - haha !
 
SO many macarons !!

 
I had some lovely comments so good luck to those trying these and do let me know how you get on and share pictures !!!
 
I'm off for a cuppa and a dodgy left over macaron ! x

4 comments:

  1. So colouful! Those flavour combinations sound delicious too - great job making so many!

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  2. Lemon meringue macaroons! <3 <3 xx x x x

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    1. They were my fave!! I've done fudge too have you seen? Xx

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