Chick macarons

Macarons with salted caramel

For the recipe check the “Snowflake macarons” post

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Bon appétit,

Anna

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Snowman macarons

Macarons à la LinzerSnowman macarons

Ingredients

For the shells:

– 200g of almond meal

– 200g of powdered sugar

– 200g of caster sugar

– 146g of egg whites

– 5cl of water

– edible pearls, edible snowflakes, ribbons and food decorating pens

Snowman macarons

Combine the caster sugar and the water in a saucepan, place over medium heat and bring to 118°. In the meanwhile put half of the the egg whites in a mixer bowl and whip them on medium speed to soft peaks. Pour the 118° syrup in a thin, steady stream into the whipping egg whites.

Continue whipping the meringue on medium speed until the temperature drops to 50°.

In a large bowl combine the almond meal, the caster sugar and the other half of the egg whites and mix well.

Add a small part of the meringue to the almond paste and mix gently, then add the rest of the meringue, fold and scratch the surface until the batter starts to run glossy.

Put the mixture in a pastry bag with a large tip and form two circles (one big and one small) on parchment lined sheet pans. Allow the macarons shells to sit for 1 hour until the surface feels dry to the touch.

Preheat the oven to 150° and bake the shells for approximately 14 minutes. Cool the macarons shells on the sheet pans.

Snowman macarons

For the Linzer filling:

– 120g of red currant jam

– 38g of walnut meal

– 38g of almond meal

– 2 tsp of cinnamon

– 20g of powdered sugar

– the peel of 1 lemon

Mix together all the ingredients until smooth. Fill your snowman macarons with the Linzer filling. Decorate the snowmen with edible snowflakes and pearls, food decorating pens and ribbons.

Snowman macarons

I wish you all a sweet Christmas time!!

Bon appétit,

Anna

Snowflake macarons

Macarons au caramel au beurre salé

Snowflake macarons

Ingredients:

For the shells:

– 200g of almond meal

– 200g of powdered sugar

– 200g of caster sugar

– 146g of egg whites

– 5cl of water

– edible glitters and edible snowflake decorations

Snowflake macarons

Combine the caster sugar and the water in a saucepan, place over medium heat and bring to 118°. In the meanwhile put half of the the egg whites in a mixer bowl and whip them on medium speed to soft peaks. Pour the 118° syrup in a thin, steady stream into the whipping egg whites.

Continue whipping the meringue on medium speed until the temperature drops to 50°.

In a large bowl combine the almond meal, the caster sugar and the other half of the egg whites and mix well.

Add a small part of the meringue to the almond paste and mix gently, then add the rest of the meringue, fold and scratch the surface until the batter starts to run glossy.

Put the mixture in a pastry bag with a large tip and form small circles on parchment lined sheet pans. Allow the macarons shells to sit for 1 hour until the surface feels dry to the touch.

Preheat the oven to 150° and bake the shells for approximately 14 minutes. Cool the macarons shells on the sheet pans.

Snowflake macaronsFor the filling:

– 50g of salted butter

– 1 cl of water

– 50 g of glucose

– 125g of powdered sugar

– 10cl of heavy cream

Put the glucose and the water in a saucepan, place it over medium heat. Add the sugar and mix well until the obtention of a blond caramel. Remove from heat and add 7g of butter. Add the heavy cream slowly while continuing mixing. Put the saucepan on medium heat and add the remaining butter. Let the mixture reach 118° and then remove from heat.

Let the caramel cool down.

Use the caramel au beurre salé to fill the macaron shells.

Decorate your macarons with edible glitters and snowflakes.

Snowflake macaronsI wish you all a sweet and snowy christmas!!!!

Bon appétit,

Anna

 

Panda macarons

For my panda…

Panda macarons

Ingredienti:

Per la base usare gli stessi ingredienti e lo stesso procedimento degli strawberry macarons senza usare però il colorante alimentare o utilizzandone uno bianco.

Per questa ricetta dovete però tenere da parte una piccola ciotolina di impasto alla quale aggiungere tre cucchiaini di cacao in polvere in modo da renderla marrone ud utlizzarla per creare le orecchie, il naso e gli occhi dei panda.

Panda macarons

Dopo aver formato i dischetti bianchi di 3 cm di diametro sulle teglie foderate di carta da forno, versare il composto di cacao in una sac à poche con bocchetta più piccola di quella di utlizzata per creare i dischetti e creare, su metà macarons le orecchiette, gli occhi ed il naso dei panda e sull’altra metà, che sarà il retro dei panda, crare un puntino che andrà a formare la coda.

Far riposare fino a che non si sarà crata una pellicina in superficie.

Infornare a 150° per 16 minuti circa.

Panda macarons

Per la ganache al cioccolato:

-80 g di cioccolato fondente

-100ml di panna

-28g di burro

Far sciogliere il cioccolato a bagnomaria, contemporaneamente scaldare la panna in un pentolino, a fuoco lento, fino a portarla al limite del bollore. Versare la panna sul cioccolato sciolto, mescolando. Appena avrete ottenuto un composto liscio aggiungete il burro tagliato a pezzetti, mescolate fino a  che non si sarà sciolto. Riporre la ganache in frigorifero per 20 minuti.

Panda macarons

Farcite i panda con la ganache al cioccolato e riponeteli in frigorifero per 24 ore.

Panda macarons

Bon appétit,

Anna

Happy birthday Tunis!

My first Liebster award!!!!!

Liebster Award

Yuppppyy!!!! I’ve been nominated for the Liebster award!!!!!

I have to thank This Must Be The Plate, in particular Chiara, for this very SPECIAL surprise!!! It’s a big honour for me and for my young blog, which is only 3 months old! Grazie, grazie, grazie!!!

The Liebster award is a nice way for bloggers to recognize other bloggers with less than 200 followers. The rules are easy to follow: thank the blogger who nominated you, answer his/her 11 questions, share 11 facts about yourself, nominate your 11 favourite blogs, ask your nominees 11 questions and inform them about their nomination.

Here are my answers to This Must Be The Plate questions:

1) What is your number 1 breakfast? La colazione del campione?

Bread, jam (preferably of raspberry), a lot of butter and coffee 🙂

2) Do you listen to music while you are cooking? If yes, of which genre? Quando cucinate ascoltate musica? Se si, che tipo?

Usually I do not listen to music while cooking unless my neighbor turns up the volume too much.

3) In my kitchen I cannot renounce to….. Quale utensile non può mancare nella vostra cucina?

….my Lékué sac à poche (thank you Ivana) 🙂

4) Which is the best pastry in your town? La miglior pasticceria della vostra città?

Obviously my home! 🙂

5) Which is the most difficult recipe you tried to prepare? La ricetta più difficile con cui vi siete cimentati?

It is the Bouillabaisse fish soup.

6) When did you start cooking? Quando avete iniziato a cucinare?

Relatively late: during my Erasmus in 2011. I had no choice!!

7) Which is your best recipe? Revel your secret! Qual è la vostra ricetta migliore? Dateci il vostro segreto!

My macarons almost always achieve success, but I do not like to reveal secrets! 😉

8) What do you love about cooking? La cosa che vi piace di più del cucinare?

About cooking, especially about baking, I love the scent that emerges from the oven. Remember: “the scent of baked goods makes people nicer“.

9) Which is the reason why you decided to become a blogger? Cosa vi ha spinto ad iniziare un blog?

I decided to become a blogger because thinking that someone could make other people happy thanks to my recipes in simply amazing!

10) Which is the best Italian traditional dish? Qual è secondo voi il miglior piatto (dolce o salato) della tradizione italiana?

Artichokes “alla romana” … I love them!!!!

11) Which is your ideal menu? Il vostro menù ideale. (Sì, può anche essere solo a base di dolci!)

My ideal menu is composed by: scallops au gratin or mussels “alla scotadeo”, sea food spaghetti, oven baked sea bass with roasted potatoes and a warm chocolate and raspberry tartlet.

Eleven things about me:

– In my past life I was a squirrel

– I have an extra stomach for desserts 🙂

– I love French-style pastries

–  My ideal travel: USA, West Coast trip, old cabriolet, The Heavy – Short change hero as background music and a lot of sun!!

– I’m a perfectionist

– I hate grasshoppers

– If I don’t eat breakfast I can’t start my day

– I love warm summertime evenings at the sea

– I could eat artichokes every day of the year

– I have dual citizenship: Austrian and Italian

– In my creations I like to abound with chocolate, cream and butter

My nominees for the Liebster Award are:

Home sweet Bakery

This Must Be The Plate (thank you again Chiara!!!)

Vikalinka

Real Simple Food

On Sugar Mountain

Kiki’s Küchenleben

Food Equals Happy Me

Cooking my Religion

Spoony Cakes

Dessertcrisis

Last Night A Soufflé Saved My Life

Questions for the nominees:

– How is your passion for food born?

– Do you prefer to prepare salty or sweet dishes?

– What would you prepare for a candle light dinner?

– What is the ugliest dish you ate?

– Is there any dish you associate to a nice experience?

– Which is your favourite cocktail?

– Who is your favourite chef (or pastry chef)?

– Which is the most representative dish from your city (specify which city)?

– How do you recognize a good restaurant?

– Which spice do you consider indispensable in your kitchen?

– If you were a dessert, which one would you be and why?

Congratulations to all the nominees and enjoy the Liebster Award!!!!

Bon appétit,

Anna