07 July, 2010

French Macaron Biscuits with Chocolate Ganache

Well this week I was bitten by the masterchef bug and today for the first time in my life I made French macaron biscuits.

Kylie was really the instigator but the bug hit me pretty quickly, sort of like a fast moving virus. I HAD to see if I could do it. After googling and reading everyones' horror stories and failures I was totally prepared for a dismal flop but very oddly for me they worked! I don't think they'd sell in a French Patisserie but they sure as hell made fine eating!

We sandwiched them with a chocolate cream ganache.

Some refinement is needed though. I'd go slightly lower on the oven temperature and make them smaller next time and I'd also cook them one batch at a time on the middle shelf of the oven as a few were a touch browner than I would have liked.

BUT overall I'd say today was a success and a big thank you goes to Kylie for helping and keeping me company while I cooked. It's her turn on the weekend and she is going to attempt a double batch, or so she has told me.

Now I want to play with all sorts of fillings and then the next step after that will be to make different flavoured macarons...............but that's for the future.

This is the recipe I used with a few amendments of my own that came from google research! http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2007/10/how-to-make-macarons-recipe.html
If you go to the original you will see the differences.

Basic Macaron Biscuits
225g icing sugar
125g gound almonds
110g egg whites (we used 3 and a half), aged overnight at room temperature
30g icing sugar extra
pinch of salt

Using a texta draw 2.5cm circles on sheets of baking paper (ours made 31 single biscuits but our circles were bigger than that, we used a toothpick holder to draw them)
Turn the paper over so that you don't pipe the mixture on to the texta and place on baking trays
Sieve the almond meal and the icing sugar separately and then sieve them both together into a bowl to make sure the mix has no lumps and is very fine, mix thoroughly
Beat the egg whites in another bowl with the salt till soft peaks form and then add the extra icing sugar gradually, beating till you have stiff peaks (you are basically making a meringue mix)
Gently fold the icing sugar mixture (in small batches) in to the egg whites till it reaches what a lot of people call the "flows like magma" stage...which sort of means when you pick a bit up with your spatula and drop it back down on the mixture it dissolves back in to the mixture slowly
Using a piping bag with a 1cm round tip, pipe the mixture on to the prepared circles (or go freehand!)
Tap the baking sheets to remove air bubbles
Let dry for half an hour so a skin forms on the top of each biscuit
Bake in a 180oC oven (I'd use 160 next time, like the original said) for 10 to 11 minutes, with the door propped slightly open with a wooden spoon, turning the tray/s around after 5 minutes for even cooking
Remove from the oven and transfer the baking paper to cooling racks
Whe cool use a thin spatula to remove them from the paper (if this doesn't work I have read that you can put the baking paper on a wet teatowel and that helps remove them, though we had no trouble and didn't even need a spatula)
Pair the biscuits in similar sizes and pipe (or freehand) about a teaspoon of the filling onto one biscuit and sandwich with his mate

Chocolate Cream Ganache Filling
230g chocolate (I used 70% lindt)
1 cup heavy cream
60g butter, softened

Chop the chocolate finely and place in a heatproof bowl
Cream the butter with beaters
Heat the cream till just at boiling and add to the chocolate and stir to melt
Let cool slightly then stir in the butter with a spatula in 2 lots
Cool to a spreadable consistency, I used the fridge to cool it down, but keep an eye on it as it can set pretty quickly
IF it does set too much nuke it in the microwave for a few seconds to soften it again



  1. Ooooh...looking forward to trying these....they are the new 'cupcake' I'm sure...must be one of the first amongst my friends to perfect this.....

  2. I don't know if it's "perfected" yet but it was fun and yes I can see them becoming something of a "cupcake" fad! I was really quite amazed that they worked.

  3. hay i LOVE Biscuits with Chocolate ..pls give me some lol..

  4. Great blog!! thank you to Kylie for sending me here!! I think an update is due though ;) oh and your salty caramels look divine!!! I really must try them...and if mine are no good I'm coming to yur place for some LOL!!!!
    have a great day!!! xxx