Friday, 16 December 2011

Mint Chocolate Macarons with Gracie !!

I'd been promising Gracie for weeks that we would have a go at making macarons, always think they look so pretty and cost a fortune in the shops, so with an afternnon free we set to !!!
We decided to use Edd Kimber's recipe from his book The Boy who Bakes as everything I've made from it has been delicious and never failed. Gracie can be a little fussy when it comes to fruit and nuts so we opted for the mint chocolate ones and we loved the colour - bright green !
Gracie marked out the circles on the baking sheet and then we started mixing and making.
I'm going to be honest with you now - this was our first attempt and although it wasn't a disaster they weren't perfect - my oven is very fast and even though it was on the recommended fan setting - they coloured slightly.
Gracie wasn't happy and neither was I - so we started again - 2nd time lucky ????
Reduced the oven to 130 oC and off we went again

Piped out and left to form a crust for 30 minutes

Fresh out of the oven

And filled with mint chocolate ganache

And close up - we were very pleased with ourselves !!


Can see why the are so expensive now - they took forever - but well worth it !!
Some girlfriends came round for coffee the following morning and loved them - crispy on the outside and gooey in the middle - Well done Gracie !!!